2012 Australian Open
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2012 Australian Open

The 2012 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place in Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia from 16 to 29 January 2012. It was the 100th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments.

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title after he defeated Rafael Nadal in the longest grand slam final in history. The 2012 final passed the 2008 Wimbledon final for the record, finishing after 5 hours and 53 minutes of play. Kim Clijsters was the defending champion for the women's singles, but lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova for her first Grand Slam title; and over took Caroline Wozniacki as the number one ranked player on the WTA Tour. In the doubles Leander Paes and Radek ?t?pánek won the title. Paes completed a career Grand Slam with the title while ?t?pánek won his first Slam. On the women's side an all Russian duo of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva took the title. The mixed event was won by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tec?u.

Tournament

The 2012 Australian Open took place in January 2012 at Melbourne Park. The men's singles was staged for the 100th time. There have been 59 different previous winners and the 100th staging of the event was marked by a special coin and the 2012 Champion received a special medallion. The tournament also marked 50 years since Rod Laver won his first Grand Slam.[1] For the first time Hawk-Eye ball tracking system was used on the Margaret Court Arena,[2] while Ken Fletcher was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.[3]

Points and prize money

Point distribution

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

Seniors points

Stage Men's Singles[4] Men's Doubles[4] Women's Singles[5] Women's Doubles[5]
Champion 2000
Runner up 1200 1400
Semifinals 720 900
Quarterfinals 360 500
Round of 16 180 280
Round of 32 90 160
Round of 64 45 0 100 5
Round of 128 10 - 5 -
Qualifier 25 60
Qualifying 3rd round 16 50
Qualifying 2nd round 8 40
Qualifying 1st round 0 2

Junior points

Stage[6][7] Boys Singles Boys Doubles Girls Singles Girls Doubles
Champion 250 180 250 180
Runner up 180 120 180 120
Semifinals 120 80 120 80
Quarterfinals 80 50 80 50
Round of 16 50 30 50 30
Round of 32 30 - 30 -
Qualifier who loses in first round 25 - 25 -
Qualifying Final Round 20 - 20 -

Wheelchair points

Stage[8] Men's Singles Men's Doubles Women's Singles Women's Doubles Quad Singles Quad Doubles
Champion 800
Runner up 500 100
Semifinals/3rd 375 100 375 100 375 -
Quarterfinals/4th 100 - 100 - 100 -

Prize money

The 2012 Australian Open was the richest Grand Slam tournament in history, with the singles champions pocketing 2.3 million dollars.[9] All prize money is in Australian dollars (AUD); doubles prize money is distributed per pair.

Day-by-day summaries

Events

Seniors

Men's Singles

Novak Djokovic was the defending champion[10] and won in the final 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-5 against Rafael Nadal entering the season as reigning world number 1 for the first time of his career. It was the longest match in the history of the Australian Open, and in fact, the longest ever singles final in the Open Era in Grand Slam history; clocked at 5 hours and 53 minutes and ending after midnight with Nadal memorable saying after the match "good morning."[11] It marked the fifth Grand Slam of Djokovic's career and his 3rd Australian Open. It also marked the first time that he had defended a Grand Slam title. After winning the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic had an opportunity to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time, after winning the previous two in 2011. Nadal became the first player to lose in the final of three consecutive Grand Slams in the Open Era.[12]

Championship match result Serbia Novak Djokovic defeated Spain Rafael Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-5

Women's Singles

Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam in singles, by defeating Maria Sharapova in the final. She also became the 21st player to be ranked World No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on 30 January 2012 as a result of this win. It was Azarenka's 2nd title of the year and 10th of her career.

Championship match result Belarus Victoria Azarenka defeated Russia Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0

Men's Doubles

India Leander Paes / Czech Republic Radek ?t?pánek defeated United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan, 7-6(7-1), 6-2

Women's Doubles

Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova / Russia Vera Zvonareva defeated Italy Sara Errani / Italy Roberta Vinci, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed Doubles

United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Romania Horia Tec?u defeated Russia Elena Vesnina / India Leander Paes, 6-3, 5-7, [10-3]

Juniors

Boys' Singles

Australia Luke Saville defeated Canada Filip Peliwo, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Girls' Singles

United States Taylor Townsend defeated Russia Yulia Putintseva, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Boys' Doubles

United Kingdom Liam Broady / United Kingdom Joshua Ward-Hibbert defeated Czech Republic Adam Pavlásek / Croatia Filip Veger, 6-3, 6-2

Girls' Doubles

United States Gabrielle Andrews / United States Taylor Townsend defeated Russia Irina Khromacheva / Montenegro Danka Kovini?, 5-7, 7-5, [10-6]

Other events

Wheelchair Men's Singles

Netherlands Maikel Scheffers defeated France Nicolas Peifer, 3-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-0

Wheelchair Women's Singles

Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated Netherlands Aniek van Koot, 6-0, 6-0

Wheelchair Quad Singles

United Kingdom Peter Norfolk defeated United States David Wagner, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Wheelchair Men's Doubles

Netherlands Ronald Vink / Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan defeated France Stéphane Houdet / France Nicolas Peifer, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Wheelchair Women's Doubles

Netherlands Esther Vergeer / Netherlands Sharon Walraven defeated Netherlands Aniek van Koot / Netherlands Marjolein Buis, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Wheelchair Quad Doubles

United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United Kingdom Peter Norfolk defeated United States David Wagner / Israel Noam Gershony, 6-4, 6-2

Broadcast

The host broadcaster of the event was the Seven Network which ran all day and night coverage on its primary channel and its digital channel 7Two from 11 am until the close of play around midnight Melbourne time. 2012 is the first year Seven has aired live primetime play across the entire country, switching coverage to 7Two for various live news and Today Tonight broadcasts in different time zones of Australia. Associated media partnership Yahoo!7 (co-owned by Seven and Yahoo!) saw more than 100 000 viewers check into live match coverage via the Fango mobile app,[13] with check-ins peaking during the Hewitt vs. Djokovic match in the Open's fourth round.

The event was also shown in Australia on Fox Sports which broadcast secondary matches live.

Players

Seniors

Singles Seeds

Seeds and Rankings are as of 9 January 2012 and Points are as of 16 January 2012.[14]

Men's Singles
Sd Rk[15] Player[16] Points[15]
Points
defending
Points won New points Status
1 1 Serbia Novak Djokovic
13,630
2,000
2,000
13,630
Champion, won in the final against Spain Rafael Nadal [2]
2 2 Spain Rafael Nadal
9,595
360
1,200
10,435
Runner-up, Final lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
3 3 Switzerland Roger Federer
8,010
720
720
8,010
Semifinals lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [2]
4 4 United Kingdom Andy Murray
7,380
1,200
720
6,900
Semifinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
5 5 Spain David Ferrer
4,925
720
360
4,565
Quarterfinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
6 6 France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
4,335
90
180
4,425
Fourth round lost to Japan Kei Nishikori [24]
7 7 Czech Republic Tomá? Berdych
3,700
360
360
3,700
Quarterfinals lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [2]
8 8 United States Mardy Fish
2,965
45
45
2,965
Second round lost to Colombia Alejandro Falla
9 9 Serbia Janko Tipsarevi?
2,655
45
90
2,700
Third round lost to France Richard Gasquet [17]
10 10 Spain Nicolás Almagro
2,380
180
180
2,380
Fourth round lost to Czech Republic Tomá? Berdych [7]
11 11 Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
2,315
45
360
2,630
Quarterfinals lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [3]
12 12 France Gilles Simon
2,005
45
45
2,005
Second round lost to France Julien Benneteau
13 14 Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov
2,030
360
90
1,760
Third round lost to Australia Bernard Tomic
14 15 France Gaël Monfils
1,970
90
90
1,970
Third round lost to Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin
15 16 United States Andy Roddick
1,880
180
45
1,745
Second round retired against Australia Lleyton Hewitt [WC]
16 17 United States John Isner
1,800
90
90
1,800
Third round lost to Spain Feliciano López [18]
17 18 France Richard Gasquet
1,765
90
180
1,855
Fourth round lost to Spain David Ferrer [5]
18 19 Spain Feliciano López
1,755
45
180
1,890
Fourth round lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [2]
19 21 Serbia Viktor Troicki
1,595
90
45
1,550
Second round lost to Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin
20 22 Germany Florian Mayer
1,630
45
0
1,585
withdrew due to hip strain[17]
21 23 Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
1,615
360
90
1,345
Third round lost to Spain Nicolás Almagro [10]
22 24 Spain Fernando Verdasco
1,550
180
10
1,380
First round lost to Australia Bernard Tomic
23 25 Canada Milos Raonic
1,460
205
90
1,345
Third round lost to Australia Lleyton Hewitt [WC]
24 26 Japan Kei Nishikori
1,410
90
360
1,680
Quarterfinals lost to United Kingdom Andy Murray [4]
25 27 Argentina Juan Mónaco
1,335
45
10
1,300
First round lost to Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
26 28 Spain Marcel Granollers
1,315
10
45
1,350
Second round lost to Portugal Frederico Gil
27 29 Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela
1,270
10
90
1,350
Third round lost to Spain David Ferrer [5]
28 30 Croatia Ivan Ljubi?i?
1,270
90
10
1,190
First round lost to Slovakia Luká? Lacko [Q]
29 31 Czech Republic Radek ?t?pánek
1,230
45
10
1,195
First round lost to France Nicolas Mahut
30 32 South Africa Kevin Anderson
1,190
10
90
1,270
Third round lost to Czech Republic Tomá? Berdych [7]
31 33 Austria Jürgen Melzer
1,170
180
10
1,000
First round lost to Croatia Ivo Karlovi?
32 34 Russia Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
1,135
45
45
1,135
Second round lost to France Michaël Llodra
Withdrawn players (Men's Singles)
Rank Player Points
Points defending
New points Withdrew due to
13 Sweden Robin Söderling
2,120
180
1,940
mononucleosis[18]
20 Croatia Marin ?ili?
1,665
180
1,485
patella tendon injury[19]
Women's Singles
Sd Rk[15] Player[16] Points[15]
Points
defending
Points won New points Status
1 1 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
7,485
900
500
7,085
Quarterfinals lost to Belgium Kim Clijsters [11]
2 2 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
7,290
500
900
7,690
Semifinals lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [4]
3 3 Belarus Victoria Azarenka
6,865
280
2,000
8,585
Champion, won in the final against Russia Maria Sharapova [4]
4 4 Russia Maria Sharapova
6,440
280
1,400
7,560
Runner-up, Final lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka [3]
5 5 China Li Na
5,570
1,400
280
4,450
Fourth round lost to Belgium Kim Clijsters [11]
6 6 Australia Samantha Stosur
5,585
160
5
5,430
First round lost to Romania Sorana Cîrstea
7 7 Russia Vera Zvonareva
5,435
900
160
4,695
Third round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova
8 8 Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska
5,330
500
500
5,330
Quarterfinals lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka [3]
9 9 France Marion Bartoli
4,710
100
160
4,770
Third round lost to China Zheng Jie
10 11 Italy Francesca Schiavone
4,040
500
100
3,640
Second round lost to Italy Romina Oprandi
11 12 Belgium Kim Clijsters
3,041
2,000
900
1,941
Semifinals lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka [3]
12 13 United States Serena Williams
3,300
0
280
3,580
Fourth round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova
13 14 Serbia Jelena Jankovi?
3,115
100
280
3,295
Fourth round lost to Denmark Caroline Wozniacki [1]
14 15 Germany Sabine Lisicki
2,903
(40)
280
3,143
Fourth round lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [4]
15 16 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2,795
160
100
2,735
Second round lost to United States Vania King
16 17 China Peng Shuai
2,760
280
100
2,580
Second round lost to Czech Republic Iveta Bene?ová
17 18 Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
2,695
160
100
2,635
Second round lost to Hungary Gréta Arn
18 19 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
2,646
280
160
2,526
Third round lost to Germany Sabine Lisicki [14]
19 20 Italy Flavia Pennetta
2,570
280
5
2,295
First round lost to Russia Nina Bratchikova [Q]
20 21 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
2,295
5
160
2,450
Third round lost to Belgium Kim Clijsters [11]
21 22 Serbia Ana Ivanovic
2,260
5
280
2,535
Fourth round lost to Czech Republic Petra Kvitová [2]
22 23 Germany Julia Görges
2,225
160
280
2,345
Fourth round lost to Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska [8]
23 24 Italy Roberta Vinci
2,115
5
100
2,210
Second round lost to China Zheng Jie
24 25 Czech Republic Lucie ?afá?ová
2,120
160
5
1,965
First round lost to United States Christina McHale
25 26 Estonia Kaia Kanepi
2,049
100
100
2,049
Second round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova
26 27 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
1,950
5
160
2,105
Third round retired against China Li Na [5]
27 28 Russia Maria Kirilenko
1,930
100
160
1,990
Third round retired against Czech Republic Petra Kvitová [2]
28 29 Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
2,050
100
5
1,955
First round lost to Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
29 30 Russia Nadia Petrova
1,765
160
100
1,705
Second round lost to Italy Sara Errani
30 31 Germany Angelique Kerber
1,810
5
160
1,965
Third round lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [4]
31 32 Romania Monica Niculescu
1,725
160
160
1,725
Third round lost to Denmark Caroline Wozniacki [1]
32 33 Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
1,666
(18)
100
1,748
Second round lost to Germany Mona Barthel
Withdrawn players (Women's Singles)
Rank Player Points
Points defending
New points Withdrew due to
10 Germany Andrea Petkovic
4,500
500
4,000
stress fracture[20]

Main Draw Wildcard Entries

Mixed Doubles

Protected ranking

Qualifying entries

Withdrawals

The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament, but withdrew with injuries.

Juniors

Below is a list of the sixteen seeds for the boys and girls singles and the eight qualifiers for each event.

Singles Seeds

Wheelchair Tennis

The field consisted of top seven ranked players in the men's and women's singles, the three top three ranked players in the quad singles category and one wildcard was chosen for each draw.[21]

Singles Seeds

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