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2012 Australian Open – Men's Singles

2012 Australian Open
Champion   Novak Djokovic
Runner-up   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
Other events
Legends    men    women    mixed
WC Singles    men    women    quad
WC Doubles    men    women    quad
Australian Open
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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

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

Qualifying

Wildcards

Draw

Key

Final rounds

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

Top-half

Section 1

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

Section 2

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

Section 3

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

Section 4

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

Bottom-half

Section 5

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8 M Fish 6 6 6
G Müller 4 4 2 8 M Fish 64 3 66
A Falla 6 6 3 6 A Falla 77 6 78
F Fognini 3 2 6 1 A Falla 3 2 63
A Montañés 62 6 4 65 P Kohlschreiber 6 6 77
P Riba 77 2 6 77 P Riba 0 0r
P Kohlschreiber 7 4 6 64 6 P Kohlschreiber[e] 6 4
25 J Mónaco 5 6 3 77 0 P Kohlschreiber 4 2 1
LL R de Voest 4 6 1 6 3 11 JM del Potro 6 6 6
Y-h Lu 6 3 6 3 6 Y-h Lu 7 6 6
Q F Serra[a] 63 3 5 Q F Serra 5 2 2
S Darcis 77 6 4r Y-h Lu 2 3 0
Q J Ward 4 3 4 11 JM del Potro 6 6 6
B Kavčič 6 6 6 B Kavčič 4 5 3
A Mannarino 6 1 5 4 11 JM del Potro 6 7 6
11 JM del Potro 2 6 7 6

Section 6

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

Section 7

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
7 T Berdych 7 4 6 6
A Ramos 5 6 2 3 7 T Berdych 6 6 77
O Rochus 6 6 6 O Rochus 1 0 64
Q B Phau 1 4 0 7 T Berdych 77 77 6
S Stakhovsky 6 69 4 6 7 30 K Anderson 65 61 1
Q I Marchenko 3 711 6 3 5 S Stakhovsky 6 1 63 3
Q F Nielsen 1 2 4 30 K Anderson 3 6 77 6
30 K Anderson 6 6 6 7 T Berdych 4 77 77 77
21 S Wawrinka 6 6 7 10 N Almagro 6 65 63 62
B Paire 1 1 5 21 S Wawrinka 77 6 5 6
M Baghdatis 6 77 6 M Baghdatis 63 4 7 1
PR B Becker 1 65 2 21 S Wawrinka 62 2 4
J Chardy 6 3 6 4 4 10 N Almagro 77 6 6
G Dimitrov 4 6 3 6 6 G Dimitrov 6 3 77 4 0
Ł Kubot 6 5 3 5 10 N Almagro 4 6 64 6 6
10 N Almagro 1 7 6 7

Section 8

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

Tournament Overview

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

References

General
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  • "Australian Open 2012 Men's Singles – Main Draw". itftennis.com. ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
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  7. ^ Newman, Paul (18 January 2012). "France's softly-spoken 'English gentleman' next hurdle for Scot".  
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