2012 Australian Open – Men's Singles

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2012 Australian Open
Champion   Serbia Novak Djokovic
Runner-up   Spain Rafael Nadal
Final score   5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
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Legends    men    women    mixed
WC Singles    men    women    quad
WC Doubles    men    women    quad
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Main article: 2012 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic was the defending champion[1] and successfully defended his title against Rafael Nadal in the final. The final took 5 hours and 53 minutes to complete, which was the longest match in Australian Open history and the longest Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era.[2] This match marked Nadal's third consecutive grand slam final loss against Djokovic and thus he went on to become the first player to lose three Grand Slam finals in a row in the Open Era.[3]

Seeds[edit]

  1. Serbia Novak Djokovic (Champion)
  2. Spain Rafael Nadal (Final)
  3. Switzerland Roger Federer (Semifinals)
  4. United Kingdom Andy Murray (Semifinals)
  5. Spain David Ferrer (Quarterfinals)
  6. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fourth round)
  7. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych (Quarterfinals)
  8. United States Mardy Fish (Second round)
  9. Serbia Janko Tipsarević (Third round)
  10. Spain Nicolás Almagro (Fourth round)
  11. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (Quarterfinals)
  12. France Gilles Simon (Second round)
  13. Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov (Third round)
  14. France Gaël Monfils (Third round)
  15. United States Andy Roddick (Second round, Retired because of a hamstring injury)[h]
  16. United States John Isner (Third round)
  17. France Richard Gasquet (Fourth round)
  18. Spain Feliciano López (Fourth round)
  19. Serbia Viktor Troicki (Second round)
  20. Germany Florian Mayer (Withdrew because of a hip strain)[4]
  21. Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka (Third round)
  22. Spain Fernando Verdasco (First round)
  23. Canada Milos Raonic (Third round)
  24. Japan Kei Nishikori (Quarterfinals)
  25. Argentina Juan Mónaco (First round)
  26. Spain Marcel Granollers (Second round)
  27. Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela (Third round)
  28. Croatia Ivan Ljubičić (First round)
  29. Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek (First round)
  30. South Africa Kevin Anderson (Third round)
  31. Austria Jürgen Melzer (First round)
  32. Russia Alex Bogomolov, Jr. (Second round)

Qualifying[edit]

Wildcards[edit]

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Final rounds[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1  Serbia Novak Djokovic 6 77 6  
5  Spain David Ferrer 4 64 1  
  1  Serbia Novak Djokovic 6 3 64 6 7  
  4  United Kingdom Andy Murray 3 6 77 1 5  
4  United Kingdom Andy Murray 6 6 6
  24  Japan Kei Nishikori 3 3 1  
    1  Serbia Novak Djokovic (details) 5 6 6 65 7
  2  Spain Rafael Nadal 7 4 2 77 5
  11  Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 4 3 2  
3  Switzerland Roger Federer 6 6 6  
3  Switzerland Roger Federer 77 2 65 4
  2  Spain Rafael Nadal 65 6 77 6  
7  Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 77 66 4 3
  2  Spain Rafael Nadal 65 78 6 6  

Top-half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 6
Italy P Lorenzi 2 0 0 1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 6
Colombia S Giraldo 6 6 6 Colombia S Giraldo 3 2 1
Q Italy M Viola 4 2 1 1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 6
WC Japan T Ito 6 4 6 6 France N Mahut 0 1 1
Italy P Starace 3 6 3 4 WC Japan T Ito 6 66 2 2
France N Mahut 7 7 6 France N Mahut 1 78 6 6
29 Czech Republic R Štěpánek 5 5 3 1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 4 6
23 Canada M Raonic 6 6 6 WC Australia L Hewitt 1 3 6 3
Italy F Volandri 4 0 2 23 Canada M Raonic 6 5 6 7
Czech Republic L Rosol 0 0 2 Germany P Petzschner 4 7 2 5
Germany P Petzschner 6 6 6 23 Canada M Raonic 6 3 65 3
Germany C-M Stebe 5 4 6 5 WC Australia L Hewitt 4 6 77 6
WC Australia L Hewitt 7 6 3 7 WC Australia L Hewitt[h] 3 6 6
Netherlands R Haase 3 4 1 15 United States A Roddick 6 3 4 r
15 United States A Roddick 6 6 6

Section 2[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
9 Serbia J Tipsarević 5 714 6 6
Russia D Tursunov 7 612 3 4 9 Serbia J Tipsarević 3 6 77 6
Q Estonia J Zopp 3 4 4 WC Australia J Duckworth 6 2 65 4
WC Australia J Duckworth 6 6 6 9 Serbia J Tipsarević 3 3 1
Russia M Youzhny 5 77 4 6 3 17 France R Gasquet 6 6 6
Q Kazakhstan A Golubev 7 64 6 4 6 Q Kazakhstan A Golubev 4 2 0r
Italy A Seppi 3 6 3 1 17 France R Gasquet[g] 6 6 3
17 France R Gasquet 6 3 6 6 17 France R Gasquet 4 4 1
27 Argentina JI Chela 77 6 6 5 Spain D Ferrer 6 6 6
United States M Russell 63 3 4 27 Argentina JI Chela 6 6 6
Russia I Kunitsyn 1 612 0 Spain P Andújar 4 4 3
Spain P Andújar 6 714 6 27 Argentina JI Chela 5 2 1
Germany M Bachinger 4 4 2 5 Spain D Ferrer 7 6 6
United States R Sweeting 6 6 6 United States R Sweeting 77 2 6 2 3
Portugal R Machado 1 4 2 5 Spain D Ferrer 64 6 3 6 6
5 Spain D Ferrer 6 6 6

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4 United Kingdom A Murray 4 6 6 6
United States R Harrison 6 3 4 2 4 United Kingdom A Murray 6 6 6
Belgium X Malisse 66 r France É Roger-Vasselin 1 4 4
France É Roger-Vasselin[c] 78 4 United Kingdom A Murray 6 6 6
France M Llodra 2 6 6 6 France M Llodra 4 2 0
Latvia E Gulbis 6 1 2 2 France M Llodra 6 6 4 5 6
Spain D Gimeno-Traver 3 2 4 32 Russia A Bogomolov, Jr. 1 3 6 7 4
32 Russia A Bogomolov, Jr. 6 6 6 4 United Kingdom A Murray[i] 6 6 1
19 Serbia V Troicki 4 63 6 77 6 Kazakhstan M Kukushkin 1 1 0r
Spain JC Ferrero 6 77 2 63 2 19 Serbia V Troicki 7 4 2 6 3
Spain G García-López 4 3 0 Kazakhstan M Kukushkin 5 6 6 4 6
Kazakhstan M Kukushkin 6 6 6 Kazakhstan M Kukushkin 6 7 5 1 6
Brazil T Bellucci 77 6 6 14 France G Monfils 2 5 7 6 4
Israel D Sela 65 4 3 Brazil T Bellucci 6 0 4 2
WC Australia M Matosevic 65 3 3 14 France G Monfils 2 6 6 6
14 France G Monfils 77 6 6

Section 4[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
12 France G Simon 6 3 65 6 6
Q Thailand D Udomchoke 1 6 77 3 2 12 France G Simon 5 68 6 6 2
France J Benneteau 6 6 7 France J Benneteau 7 710 1 3 6
Slovakia K Beck 4 2 5 France J Benneteau 6 63 64 3
Brazil J Souza 3 61 2 24 Japan K Nishikori 4 77 77 6
Australia M Ebden 6 77 6 Australia M Ebden 6 6 4 1 1
France S Robert 1 67 0 24 Japan K Nishikori 3 1 6 6 6
24 Japan K Nishikori 6 79 6 24 Japan K Nishikori 2 6 6 3 6
26 Spain M Granollers 6 77 5 5 6 6 France J-W Tsonga 6 2 1 6 3
WC United States J Levine 0 64 7 7 3 26 Spain M Granollers 3 6 4 3
Portugal F Gil[d] 2 6 6 4 Portugal F Gil 6 4 6 6
Croatia I Dodig 6 1 1 1r Portugal F Gil 2 2 2
Q Spain R Bautista-Agut 4 4 5 6 France J-W Tsonga 6 6 6
Brazil R Mello 6 6 7 Brazil R Mello 5 4 4
Uzbekistan D Istomin 4 6 2 5 6 France J-W Tsonga 7 6 6
6 France J-W Tsonga 6 3 6 7

Bottom-half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8 United States M Fish 6 6 6
Luxembourg G Müller 4 4 2 8 United States M Fish 64 3 66
Colombia A Falla 6 6 3 6 Colombia A Falla 77 6 78
Italy F Fognini 3 2 6 1 Colombia A Falla 3 2 63
Spain A Montañés 62 6 4 65 Germany P Kohlschreiber 6 6 77
Spain P Riba 77 2 6 77 Spain P Riba 0 0r
Germany P Kohlschreiber 7 4 6 64 6 Germany P Kohlschreiber[e] 6 4
25 Argentina J Mónaco 5 6 3 77 0 Germany P Kohlschreiber 4 2 1
LL South Africa R de Voest 4 6 1 6 3 11 Argentina JM del Potro 6 6 6
Chinese Taipei Y-h Lu 6 3 6 3 6 Chinese Taipei Y-h Lu 7 6 6
Q France F Serra[a] 63 3 5 Q France F Serra 5 2 2
Belgium S Darcis 77 6 4r Chinese Taipei Y-h Lu 2 3 0
Q United Kingdom J Ward 4 3 4 11 Argentina JM del Potro 6 6 6
Slovenia B Kavčič 6 6 6 Slovenia B Kavčič 4 5 3
France A Mannarino 6 1 5 4 11 Argentina JM del Potro 6 7 6
11 Argentina JM del Potro 2 6 7 6

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
13 Ukraine A Dolgopolov 1 4 6 6 6
WC Australia G Jones 6 6 1 1 2 13 Ukraine A Dolgopolov 4 6 6 3 8
Germany T Kamke 6 6 6 Germany T Kamke 6 1 1 6 6
Romania V Hănescu 2 1 2 13 Ukraine A Dolgopolov 6 60 66 6 3
WC France K de Schepper 3 2 2 Australia B Tomic 4 77 78 2 6
United States S Querrey 6 6 6 United States S Querrey 6 3 63 3
Australia B Tomic 4 63 6 6 7 Australia B Tomic 3 6 77 6
22 Spain F Verdasco 6 77 4 2 5 Australia B Tomic 4 2 2
31 Austria J Melzer 63 5 3 3 Switzerland R Federer 6 6 6
Croatia I Karlović 77 7 6 Croatia I Karlović 77 3 6 6
Argentina C Berlocq 2 6 77 6 Argentina C Berlocq 64 6 3 4
Q Netherlands J Huta Galung 6 3 63 3 Croatia I Karlović 66 5 3
France É Prodon 4 2 6 5 3 Switzerland R Federer 78 7 6
Germany A Beck 6 6 4 7 Germany A Beck
Q Russia A Kudryavtsev 5 2 2 3 Switzerland R Federer[f] w/o
3 Switzerland R Federer 7 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
7 Czech Republic T Berdych 7 4 6 6
Spain A Ramos 5 6 2 3 7 Czech Republic T Berdych 6 6 77
Belgium O Rochus 6 6 6 Belgium O Rochus 1 0 64
Q Germany B Phau 1 4 0 7 Czech Republic T Berdych 77 77 6
Ukraine S Stakhovsky 6 69 4 6 7 30 South Africa K Anderson 65 61 1
Q Ukraine I Marchenko 3 711 6 3 5 Ukraine S Stakhovsky 6 1 63 3
Q Denmark F Nielsen 1 2 4 30 South Africa K Anderson 3 6 77 6
30 South Africa K Anderson 6 6 6 7 Czech Republic T Berdych 4 77 77 77
21 Switzerland S Wawrinka 6 6 7 10 Spain N Almagro 6 65 63 62
France B Paire 1 1 5 21 Switzerland S Wawrinka 77 6 5 6
Cyprus M Baghdatis 6 77 6 Cyprus M Baghdatis 63 4 7 1
PR Germany B Becker 1 65 2 21 Switzerland S Wawrinka 62 2 4
France J Chardy 6 3 6 4 4 10 Spain N Almagro 77 6 6
Bulgaria G Dimitrov 4 6 3 6 6 Bulgaria G Dimitrov 6 3 77 4 0
Poland Ł Kubot 6 5 3 5 10 Spain N Almagro 4 6 64 6 6
10 Spain N Almagro 1 7 6 7

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
16 United States J Isner 6 6 77
WC Australia B Mitchell 4 4 61 16 United States J Isner 4 6 2 77 10
Finland J Nieminen 4 2r Argentina D Nalbandian 6 3 6 65 8
Argentina D Nalbandian[b] 6 4 16 United States J Isner 3 77 4 77 1
Italy F Cipolla 6 4 3 6 6 18 Spain F López 6 63 6 60 6
Russia N Davydenko 4 6 6 2 1 Italy F Cipolla 5 64 2
Argentina L Mayer 65 3 62 18 Spain F López 7 77 6
18 Spain F López 77 6 77 18 Spain F López 4 4 2
28 Croatia I Ljubičić 6 6 3 4 4 2 Spain R Nadal 6 6 6
Q Slovakia L Lacko 3 4 6 6 6 Q Slovakia L Lacko 6 6 3 6
Q Germany P Gojowczyk 1 2 6 6 2 United States D Young 3 1 6 3
United States D Young 6 6 4 1 6 Q Slovakia L Lacko 2 4 2
PR Germany T Haas 77 3 6 7 2 Spain R Nadal 6 6 6
Q United States D Kudla 65 6 0 5 PR Germany T Haas 4 3 4
Q United States A Kuznetsov 4 1 1 2 Spain R Nadal 6 6 6
2 Spain R Nadal 6 6 6

Tournament Overview[edit]

The 2012 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place in Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia from 16–29 January. It was the 100th edition of the tournament and the first Grand Slam of the year. World number one Novak Djokovic led the field. The other top ten seeds were: ten time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, record sixteen time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, three time Grand Slam finalist Andy Murray, David Ferrer, 2008 Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomáš Berdych, Mardy Fish, 2001 Australian Open Junior title champion Janko Tipsarević and Nicolás Almagro.

Before the start of the 2012 Australian Open, Florian Mayer of Germany withdrew from the men's singles draw at the Australian Open with a hip strain. The International Tennis Federation replaced 20th-seeded Mayer with South Africa's Rik de Voest, who got the main draw spot after a lottery involving the four highest-ranked players who lost in qualifying. All the seeds apart from Fernando Verdasco, Juan Mónaco, Ivan Ljubičić, Radek Štěpánek and Jürgen Melzer made it to the second round. The second round witnessed all the seeds advancing except Fish who lost to Alejandro Falla, Gilles Simon to compatriot Julien Benneteau, Viktor Troicki to Mikhail Kukushkin, Marcel Granollers to Frederico Gil and Alex Bogomolov, Jr. to Michaël Llodra, while Andy Roddick had to retire because of a hamstring injury against wildcard Lleyton Hewitt. The third round saw some seeded players meet for the first time in the competition. Seventeenth seed Richard Gasquet defeated ninth seed Tipsarević, eighteenth seed Feliciano López defeated sixteenth seed John Isner, tenth seed Almagro defeated twenty-first seed Stanislas Wawrinka, Ferrer defeated twenty-seventh seed Juan Ignacio Chela and Berdych defeated Kevin Anderson. The third round also witnessed all the seeds advancing except thirteenth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov who went out to Bernard Tomic, fourteenth seed Gaël Monfils who lost to Kukushkin and twenty-third seed Milos Raonic who went out to Hewitt. The fourth round saw twenty-fourth seeded Kei Nishikori end Tsonga's run, the biggest upset in the tournament then, while Berdych edged out Almagro, Ferrer defeated Gasquet and Nadal defeated Feliciano López. Kukushkin went out to Murray, Philipp Kohlschreiber to Juan Martín del Potro, Hewitt to Djokovic and Tomic to Federer.

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray successfully made their way into the semifinals by defeating Ferrer, Berdych, Potro and Nishikori respectively with Federer and Murray winning in straight sets. The semifinals witnessed Djokovic taking out Murray in five sets while Nadal overcame Federer in four sets. In the final, Djokovic defeated Nadal for his third Australian Open crown.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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