Australian Open 2013 – Men’s Seeds 11-20 Preview

#11. Juan Monaco

AGE: 28

RANKING: 12

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> R32 (2008, 2010)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 40-19 12-8 3-6 5-8 35-11
Hard 12-10 3-4 1-2 3-4 9-6
Clay 25-7 6-4 2-4 2-4 23-3
Grass 3-2 3-0 0-0 0-0 3-2
Grand Slams 5-4 7-4 0-1 0-1 5-3
Vs Top 10 3-6 0-1
Vs R Handers 38-15 11-7 3-5 5-7 33-8
Vs L Handers 2-4 1-1 0-1 0-1 2-3
Best of 3 34-14 5-4 3-4 5-6 29-8
Best of 5 6-5 7-4 0-2 0-2 6-3
Deciding Sets 13-9

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 41-29 12-9
Aus + US Open 6-5 0-2
If wins 1st set 30-8 10-2
If 1 set all 14-16 4-4
If loses 1st set 8-20 1-7

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 24-31 12-17
Won 1st Set 17-7 8-4
Lost 1st Set 6-24 3-13
Won 1st + 2nd Set 14-3 7-1
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 2-19 1-10
1 Set All 7-9 3-6
Up 2 sets to 1 9-3 5-1
Down 2 sets to 1 3-13 1-9

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • 10-2 on hard (excluding h2h with big 4) in 2012 when he won the first set

Negative

  • 3-13 hardcourt Grand Slam record when he loses the first set
  • 3-6 hardcourt Grand Slam record when at 1 set all
  • 12-17 in career on hardcourt at Grand Slams

SYNOPSIS

40-19….a solid record for a player who started the year ranked 27th. Renowned for his quality claycourt play, Monaco won a Harcourt tournament in Kuala Lumpur late in the year. Not only this, but a Semi Final appearance in the ATP Masters 100 in Miami in March ensured a rankings rise.

Like Almagro, it really is hard to get a read on Monaco. He is a claycourter at heart, and doesn’t play a great deal of hardcourt tournaments. Were these results last year a fluke, or is he starting to learn how to tackle hardcourts?

Australian Open 2012

Not good for Monaco. Not only was he knocked out in the first round in 5 sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber, he was finished off with a 6-0. A horrible result considering he hit over 70% of first serves throughout the entire match.

#12. Milos Raonic

AGE: 22

RANKING: 13

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> R16 (2011)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 45-20 27-22 6-6 8-9 37-11
Hard 33-11 20-15 5-2 6-4 27-7
Clay 7-5 4-4 1-2 2-3 5-2
Grass 5-4 3-3 0-2 0-2 5-2
Grand Slams 8-4 5-3 0-1 0-2 8-2
Vs Top 10 6-6 7-7
Vs R Handers 42-17 26-19 6-6 8-9 34-8
Vs L Handers 2-3 1-3 0-0 0-0 3-3
Best of 3 34-16 22-19 6-5 8-7 26-9
Best of 5 11-4 5-3 0-1 0-2 11-2
Deciding Sets 8-9

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 80-34 32-9
Aus + US Open 8-3 5-1
If wins 1st set 67-12 27-2
If 1 set all 21-20 7-4
If loses 1st set 11-20 4-7

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 12-8 8-4
Won 1st Set 12-5 8-3
Lost 1st Set 0-2 0-1
Won 1st + 2nd Set 10-0 6-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 0-1 0-1
1 Set All 2-6 2-3
Up 2 sets to 1 2-1 2-0
Down 2 sets to 1 1-5 1-3

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • 6-6 record vs top 10 players
  • Of the 20 Grand Slam matches Raonic has played in his career, he has won the first set on 18 occasions.

Negative

  • 1-3 record on hardcourt at Grand Slams when trailing 2 sets to 1

SYNOPSIS

22 year old Raonic burst onto the scene in 2011, making his way through qualifying and the first three rounds before being beaten in round 4 by David Ferrer. After suffering a shocking hip injury at Wimbledon in 2011, Raonic was back in full flight in 2012, serving the most aces per match and ending with the highest percentage of service games won by any player in the calendar year.

Looking at the statistics, hardcourt is clearly his preferred surface. This is shown with all 3 career ATP titles being won on the hardcourt. 44 of his 65 matches for the year came on the hardcourt. That being said, possibly his biggest win of the year came on clay against World number 4 Andy Murray in straight sets in Barcelona.

The key to the game of Raonic is the serve, arguably the biggest in the game. Across 2012, Raonic won 82% of all points on his first serve. If he is serving a high percentage of first serves, then watch out.

If you find yourself betting on Raonic at a large – handicap, be sure to keep in mind that he isn’t renowned for dominating sets. He played 49 tiebreaks in 2012, so keep in mind the high probability of a tiebreak when backing Milos.

Australian Open 2012

After cruising past Volandri and Petzschner, Raonic found himself on Rod Laver Arena against Lleyton Hewitt. He only faced 5 break points on his serve, but Hewitt got the break 3 times, beating Raonic in 4 sets.

#13. John Isner

Has been confirmed as no longer playing.

#14. Marin Cilic

AGE: 24

RANKING: 15

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> SF (2010)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 41-20 13-18 1-8 3-11 38-9
Hard 16-11 4-10 0-4 1-5 15-6
Clay 16-7 5-5 1-3 2-5 14-2
Grass 9-2 4-3 0-1 0-1 9-1
Grand Slams 9-3 3-5 0-3 1-3 8-0
Vs Top 10 1-8 2-3
Vs R Handers 29-19 10-18 1-8 3-11 26-8
Vs L Handers 12-1 3-0 0-0 0-0 12-1
Best of 3 31-16 9-13 1-4 2-7 29-9
Best of 5 10-4 4-5 0-4 1-4 9-0
Deciding Sets 11-3

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 75-31 16-8
Aus + US Open 15-1 4-0
If wins 1st set 62-8 13-1
If 1 set all 19-9 3-2
If loses 1st set 12-23 3-7

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 44-22 27-10
Won 1st Set 35-7 20-6
Lost 1st Set 9-15 7-4
Won 1st + 2nd Set 29-0 18-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 2-13 2-3
1 Set All 13-9 7-7
Up 2 sets to 1 17-1 10-1
Down 2 sets to 1 4-9 4-6

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • 10-1 record in Grand Slams on hardcourt when up 2 sets to 1
  • 18-0 record in Grand Slams on hardcourt when up 2 sets to 0
  • 11-3 in deciding sets in 2012

Negative

  • 13-18 in tiebreaks in 2012
  • 1-8 vs top 10 in 2012
  • 3-11 vs top 20 in 2012

SYNOPSIS

Bit of an average year for Cilic overall. His ranking will only rise at the end of January, as Cilic did not play the Australian Open last year due to injury. He wasn’t overly convincing on hardcourt in 2012, but was quite impressive on grass and clay. A 16-11 result is something Cilic will look to improve on in 2012, especially with a confidence boosting Quarter Final appearance at the US Open and in Valencia.

Australian Open 2012

Did not compete

#15. Gilles Simon

AGE: 28

RANKING: 16

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> QF (2009)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 40-24 8-13 5-6 5-12 35-12
Hard 18-11 5-6 3-2 3-6 15-5
Clay 19-10 3-5 2-3 2-5 17-5
Grass 3-3 0-2 0-1 0-1 3-2
Grand Slams 6-4 3-5 0-1 0-1 6-4
Vs Top 10 5-6 0-2
Vs R Handers 36-23 7-13 5-5 5-11 31-12
Vs L Handers 4-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 4-0
Best of 3 34-19 5-8 5-6 5-11 29-8
Best of 5 6-5 3-5 0-0 0-1 6-4
Deciding Sets 11-10

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 66-35 21-11
Aus + US Open 9-3 3-2
If wins 1st set 50-7 20-3
If 1 set all 27-14 6-5
If loses 1st set 14-28 0-8

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 41-27 23-13
Won 1st Set 24-1 15-0
Lost 1st Set 14-25 6-12
Won 1st + 2nd Set 19-0 11-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 0-20 0-9
1 Set All 19-6 10-3
Up 2 sets to 1 20-2 10-0
Down 2 sets to 1 3-8 3-5

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • Has never lost a hardcourt Grand Slam match after winning the first set
  • 10-3 hardcourt Grand Slam record when match sits at 1 set all
  • Never lost a hardcourt Grand Slam match on hardcourt when up 2 sets to 1

Negative

  • 8-13 record in tiebreaks in 2012
  • 0-9 on hardcourt when he lost the first set

Other

  • Of his 21 hardcourt Grand Slam wins, 8 have been in straight sets, 7 have been in 4 sets and 6 have been in 5 sets

SYNOPSIS

Simon can be a frustrating customer at times. Just when you think he is starting to get his act together, he will put a horrible performance on the table. This has been an ongoing theme with Simon throughout his career. He has all the ability in the world, but his mindset can let him down at times. 18-11 on hardcourt in 2012 is respectable, but Simon will be looking to improve that considerably in 2013.

Renowned for his solid baseline play, Simon can be mistaken for being too laid back at times. Be prepared to be frustrated with his appearance at times during matches. He isn’t the strongest server on the tour by any means, but his return of serve allows him to win a lot of return points.

Australian Open 2012

After scraping through against Udomchoke in the first round in 5, Simon came up against fellow countryman Julien Benneteau. He lost the first set, and as the stats suggest, he doesn’t enjoy playing tennis from behind. He lost in 5 sets.

#16. Stanislas Wawrinka

AGE: 27

RANKING: 17

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> QF (2011)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 35-20 11-19 2-11 9-14 26-6
Hard 15-8 6-8 1-6 4-7 12-2
Clay 19-9 5-10 1-4 5-6 14-3
Grass 0-2 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1
Grand Slams 8-4 3-8 0-3 2-3 6-1
Vs Top 10 2-11 0-5
Vs R Handers 29-16 9-18 2-10 8-13 22-4
Vs L Handers 5-3 2-1 0-1 1-1 4-2
Best of 3 25-14 7-11 2-7 7-10 19-5
Best of 5 9-5 4-8 0-4 2-4 7-1
Deciding Sets 13-8

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 57-20 16-5
Aus + US Open 15-4 5-1
If wins 1st set 45-6 11-0
If 1 set all 21-10 9-1
If loses 1st set 12-14 5-5

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 57-31 32-15
Won 1st Set 38-10 20-5
Lost 1st Set 18-19 12-8
Won 1st + 2nd Set 31-2 17-1
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 5-14 2-6
1 Set All 20-13 13-6
Up 2 sets to 1 17-6 11-3
Down 2 sets to 1 10-12 5-4

Notable Statistics

Postive

  • 12-8 record on hard court when losing the first set at Grand Slam level
  • Excluding the big 4 in 2012, Wawrinka was 11-0 on hardcourt when winning the first set.
  • 11-3 on hardcourt at Grand Slam level when up 2 sets to 1

Negative

  • 11-19 in tiebreaks in 2012
  • 2-11 vs top 10 in 2012

SYNOPSIS

In the eyes of the Swiss, Wawrinka has always lived in the shadows of Roger Federer. 2012 was an average year by Wawrinka’s standards. No titles were won, but he did work his way back into the top 20 by the end of the year.

The main catalyst for the second half of the year for Wawrinka was his performance at the Cincinnati Masters event, where he made the Semi Finals, going down to Roger Federer. After retiring in the 3rd set vs Djokovic in their 4th round matchup at the US Open, Wawrinka’s season started to slow down.

In terms of Wawrinka’s strengths, it his hard to go beyond his backhand, which arguable rivals his compatriot Federer. He has all the tools and all the shots, but psychologically he struggles at times. Getting to the pointy end of big matches, Wawrinka can falter. This can also happen toward the end of long sets, with an 11-19 tiebreak record in 2012, 0-5 vs the top 10.

Australian Open 2012

Wawrinka dismantled Paire in straight sets, and defeated Baghdatis comfortably in 4 sets, before coming up against Nicolas Almagro. Almagro was coming of a 5 set marathon and Wawrinka had to capitalise on a possibly fatigued Almagro. It wasn’t to be however, with Almagro winning 7-6 6-2 6-4

#17. Kei Nishikori

AGE:  23

RANKING: 19

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> QF (2012)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 37-18 10-8 3-5 4-8 33-10
Hard 23-11 7-3 2-2 3-4 20-7
Clay 7-4 1-1 0-1 0-2 7-2
Grass 7-3 2-4 1-2 1-2 6-1
Grand Slams 8-3 4-1 1-2 1-3 7-0
Vs Top 10 3-5 0-2
Vs R Handers 33-16 9-7 3-4 4-6 29-10
Vs L Handers 4-2 1-1 0-1 0-2 4-0
Best of 3 27-14 5-7 2-3 3-5 24-9
Best of 5 10-4 5-1 1-2 1-3 9-1
Deciding Sets 16-4

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 79-32 23-9
Aus + US Open 10-4 6-1
If wins 1st set 53-1 14-1
If 1 set all 32-6 10-2
If loses 1st set 23-29 8-8

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 17-13 13-7
Won 1st Set 10-0 7-0
Lost 1st Set 5-10 4-5
Won 1st + 2nd Set 10-0 7-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 2-9 1-5
1 Set All 3-1 3-0
Up 2 sets to 1 6-0 6-0
Down 2 sets to 1 3-3 2-1

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • 7-0 on hardcourt in Grand Slams when he wins the first set
  • 3-0 on Harcourt in Grand Slams when 1 set all
  • 6-0 on hardcourt in Grand Slams when up 2 sets to 1
  • 14-1 in 2012 on hardcourt when winning the first set (excluding top 4 h2h)

Negative

  • Of the 30 Grand Slam tournament matches he has played, he has only won the first set 10 times

SYNOPSIS

Nishikori is fast becoming one of the most efficient players in the game. His technique is of the highest quality, and if he played the volume of tournaments some other in to top 20 complete, he would be further up the rankings.

2012 was a breakout year of sorts for Nishikori. Even with a 6 week injury layoff, it was still a great year for Nishikori, finally reaching the top 20. After a Quarter Finals appearance at the Australian Open, he switched his attention to the clay court season, where he played well until injuring himself and missing the French Open. The highlight of the year for Nishikori would have to be winning his home tournament in Tokyo, defeating Berdych in the QF, Baghdatis in the SF and Raonic in the final 7-6 3-6 6-0.

The injury question marks are concerning with Nishikori, but hopefully we see the best of him in Melbourne in 2013.

Australian Open 2012

After demolishing Robert in the first round, Nishikori was forced to work, trailing Matt Ebden 2 sets to won before rattling off consecutive 6-1 6-1 sets, and beating Benneteau in 4 sets. He then found himself coming from behind again, this time defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 gruelling sets on Hisense Arena. It all got a bit too much for Nishikori after that, going down to Andy Murray in 3 sets.

#18. Philipp Kohlschreiber

AGE: 29

RANKING: 20

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> R16 (2005, 2008, 2012)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 42-25 22-18 3-9 5-12 37-13
Hard 20-15 9-8 2-4 3-6 17-9
Clay 13-7 6-5 0-4 1-5 12-2
Grass 9-3 7-5 1-1 1-1 8-2
Grand Slams 11-4 10-8 1-2 1-3 10-1
Vs Top 10 3-9 1-5
Vs R Handers 38-22 19-17 2-8 3-11 35-11
Vs L Handers 4-3 3-1 1-1 2-1 2-2
Best of 3 31-21 12-10 2-7 4-9 27-12
Best of 5 11-4 10-8 1-2 1-3 10-1
Deciding Sets 15-9

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 56-27 17-9
Aus + US Open 9-2 5-0
If wins 1st set 43-4 14-2
If 1 set all 22-12 7-3
If loses 1st set 10-23 2-7

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 38-15 21-8
Won 1st Set 32-5 16-3
Lost 1st Set 4-9 3-4
Won 1st + 2nd Set 23-0 12-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 1-9 1-4
1 Set All 12-5 6-3
Up 2 sets to 1 11-2 6-2
Down 2 sets to 1 5-4 2-2

Notable Statistics

Positive

  • 16-3 in hardcourt Grand Slam matches when winning the first set
  • 43-4 over the last 3 years when winning the first set on hardcourt (exc h2h vs top 4)

Negative

  • 3-9 vs top 10 in 2012
  • 5-12 vs top 20 in 2012

SYNOPSIS

A solid year for Kohlschreiber, but a 20-15 record on hardcourt for the year is nothing to write home about. A Quarter Final appearance at Wimbledon was an impressive result, but there wasn’t much else to write about. This year was an improvement however for Kohlschreiber, moving his ranking up to the top 20 after hanging around the 40s in 2011.

Kohlschreiber will always put in an honest effort. It’ll all depend on who he comes up against.

Australian Open 2012

Kohlschreiber kicked things off defeating the 25th seeded claycourter Juan Monaco in 5 sets. Pere Riba would retire round 2 trailing 6-0 4-0, gifting Philipp a third round berth. After another straight sets win, this time over Falla, Kohlschreiber found himself up against Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro proved way too strong, winning comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-1.

#19. Alexandr Dolgopolov

AGE: 24

RANKING:18

Right Handed

Best Aus Open Result -> QF (2011)

STATS

2012 Statistics                                                      

  Matches Tiebreaks Vs Top 10 Vs Top 20 Vs 21+
Win/Loss 34-25 9-12 1-7 3-11 31-14
Hard 26-17 5-9 0-6 2-7 24-10
Clay 7-6 4-2 1-1 1-4 6-2
Grass 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2
Grand Slams 5-4 2-4 0-0 0-1 5-3
Vs Top 10 1-7 1-1
Vs R Handers 30-20 9-10 1-6 3-9 27-11
Vs L Handers 4-5 0-2 0-1 0-2 4-3
Best of 3 29-21 7-8 1-7 3-10 26-11
Best of 5 5-4 2-4 0-0 0-1 5-3
Deciding Sets 10-12

Hard Court Statistics (minus Murray/Federer/Djokovic/Nadal)

Last 3 Years 2012  
Win/Loss 64-40 26-14
Aus + US Open 11-3 4-2
If wins 1st set 43-7 18-2
If 1 set all 21-19 8-9
If loses 1st set 19-33 8-12

Career Grand Slam Record

All Surfaces Hard Court
Win/Loss 17-11 11-5
Won 1st Set 10-2 5-1
Lost 1st Set 7-9 6-4
Won 1st + 2nd Set 9-0 4-0
Lost 1st + 2nd Set 2-7 2-4
1 Set All 6-4 5-1
Up 2 sets to 1 6-0 6-0
Down 2 sets to 1 4-6 3-2

Interesting Stat: in the last 12 months, Dolgopolov is 5-10 in tiebreaks on hardcourt, with 2-8 of those on outdoor hardcourt.

Notable Statistics

Positive

    • 6-4 record at hardcourt Grand Slam matches when LOSING the first set

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