ABN AMRO Rotterdam 500 First Round Draw

Rotterdam TennisAndy will play his first tournament since losing the final of the 2011 Australian Open to Novak Djokovic. He will be theĀ  2nd seed at the ATP World Tour 500 in Rotterdam which begins on Monday 7th February.

With just 8 seeds and a very high level field, there was always potential for Murray’s first match back to be against a top pro and after the draw was made on Friday evening, that was realised as Murray will face world number 21 Marcos Baghdatis in the first round.

Murray won the 2009 title in Rotterdam, but was unabel to defend it last year when Robin Soderling lifted the title. A good performance should see the Scot regain his world number 4 position from Robin Soderling, though he will have to work hard with 5 of the world’s top 10 players present in Rotterdam next week.

2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – 1st Round Draw – Top Half
[1] Robin Soderling (SWE) vs [WC] Robin Haase (NED) Second
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Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Thiemo De Bakker (NED) Second
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Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs [6] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
[3] David Ferrer (ESP) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) Second
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Quarter
Finals
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs [WC] Thomas Schoorel (NED)
Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Qualifier (Q) Second
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[WC] Jesse Huta Galung (NED) vs [5] Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – 1st Round Draw – Bottom Half
[8] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Qualifier (Q) Second
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Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Michael Llodra (FRA)
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) vs Qualifier (Q) Second
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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [4] Tomas Berdych (CZE)
[7] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Second
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Quarter
Finals
Qualifier (Q) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
Florian Mayer (GER) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Second
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Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] Andy Murray (GBR)

The 1st seed is defending champion and world number 4 Robin Soderling, he was promoted into the top seed position after world number 3, Novak Djokovic pulled out of the event due to a shoulder injury. Tournament Director and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek said,

Novak Djokovic has called me to inform me that he will not be present in Rotterdam. He has had an exhausting period and has now been confronted with a shoulder injury. This injury prevents him from practicing for at least a week, let alone playing matches a high level. He is obviously very disappointed about not being able to be present.