Australian Open – Day 4 Men’s Notes

Second Round Top Half – Featured matches
No. 1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v (Q) Ryan Sweeting (USA)
No. 4 Robin Soderling (SWE) v (Q) Gilles Muller (LUX)
No. 5 Andy Murray (GBR) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)
No. 7 David Ferrer (ESP) v Michael Russell (USA)
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
No. 20 John Isner (USA) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)
No. 21 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
No. 31 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v (WC) Bernard Tomic (AUS)

On court today…

  • No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal didn’t lose a game in his opening round match with Brazil’s Marcos Daniel. Today’s opponent, 23-year-old American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, is looking to stop the Spaniard from becoming just the 3rd man in history to win 4 consecutive Grand Slam titles.
  • Wildcard Bernard Tomic is the only Australian through to the 2nd round of the men’s singles. The 18-year-old is the youngest player left in the draw and faces No. 31 Feliciano Lopez on Hisense Arena. The last time there was only one Australian into the 2nd round at Melbourne Park was in 2002.
  • USA’s Michael Russell is the oldest man through to the 2nd round aged 32 years 8 months. He takes on another Spaniard, No. 7 seed David Ferrer, on Show Court 2. Russell was one of 7 men aged over 30 to reach the 2nd round here this year.
  • Another 30 something, qualifier Jan Hernych, was the highest-ranked man to win his opening round match. The 31-year-old Czech is ranked No. 241 and is in action today against No. 30 Thomaz Bellucci.
  • Italy’s Andreas Seppi defeated former finalist Arnaud Clement in his 1st round victory on Tuesday. Today he is bidding to knock out another Australian Open finalist when he plays No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Margaret Court Arena. Both men battled back from 0-2 down to win their opening matches here.
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