Tennis at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's singles

The men's singles tennis competition during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney was played at the Tennis Centre, Sydney Olympic Park. There were 64 players from 32 nations.[1] Nations were able to enter up to four players each, up from three in prior Games. Andre Agassi was the reigning gold medalist having won in 1996. He did not participate in the Games. Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia defeated unseeded Tommy Haas of Germany 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 in the final. Arnaud Di Pasquale of France won the bronze medal over a young and then relatively unheralded Swiss player, Roger Federer.

Men's singles
Tennis at the 2000 Summer Olympics
Champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)
Runner-up Tommy Haas (GER)
Final score7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
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Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
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Tennis at the 2000 Olympics
VenueNSW Tennis Centre, Sydney
Dates19–28 September
Competitors64 from 32 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Yevgeny Kafelnikov
 Russia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Tommy Haas
 Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Arnaud Di Pasquale
 France
← 1996
2004 →

Kafelnikov's gold was the first men's singles medal for Russia, though Russian player Andrei Cherkasov had taken bronze playing for the Unified Team in 1992. France and Germany won their first medals in the event since 1924 and 1912, respectively.

BackgroundEdit

This was the 11th (medal) appearance of the men's singles tennis event. The event has been held at every Summer Olympics where tennis has been on the program: from 1896 to 1924 and then from 1988 to the current program. Demonstration events were held in 1968 and 1984.

The number one seed was Marat Safin of Russia, with Americans Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi (the defending champion) not playing in the Games.[1] Two of the eight quarterfinalists from the 1996 tournament returned: bronze medalist Leander Paes of India and quarterfinal loser Wayne Ferreira of South Africa.

Benin, Belarus, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Thailand each made their debut in the event. France made its 10th appearance, most among all nations, having missed only the 1904 event.

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match. Matches before the final were best-of-three sets, with the final being best-of-five sets. The 12-point tie-breaker was used in any set, except the third (or the fifth in the final), that reached 6–6.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 19 September 2000
Wednesday, 20 September 2000
11:00 Round of 64
Thursday, 21 September 2000
Friday, 22 September 2000
11:00 Round of 32
Saturday, 23 September 2000
Sunday, 24 September 2000
11:45 Round of 16
Tuesday, 25 September 2000 11:00 Quarterfinals
Thursday, 26 September 2000 11:00 Semifinals
Friday, 27 September 2000 11:00 Bronze medal match
Saturday, 28 September 2000 13:00 Final

SeedsEdit

  1.   Marat Safin (RUS) (First round)
  2.   Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) (Quarterfinals)
  3.   Magnus Norman (SWE) (Third round)
  4.   Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) (First round)
  5.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) (Champion, Gold Medalist)
  6.   Àlex Corretja (ESP) (Third round)
  7.   Tim Henman (GBR) (First round)
  8.   Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) (Quarterfinals)
  9.   Nicolas Kiefer (GER) (First round)
  10.   Franco Squillari (ARG) (First round)
  11.   Mark Philippoussis (AUS) (Third round)
  12.   Marcelo Ríos (CHI) (First round)
  13.   Patrick Rafter (AUS) (Second round)
  14.   Wayne Ferreira (RSA) (First round)
  15.   Albert Costa (ESP) (First round)
  16.   Michael Chang (USA) (First round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (Gold Medal match)
                 
    Karim Alami (MAR) 621  
    Roger Federer (SUI) 77 6  
    Roger Federer (SUI) 3 2  
    Tommy Haas (GER) 6 6  
    Max Mirnyi (BLR) 6 5 3
    Tommy Haas (GER) 4 7 6
    Tommy Haas (GER) 646 2 6 3
5   Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 77 3 6 4 6
8   Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 2 1  
    Arnaud Di Pasquale (FRA) 6 6  
    Arnaud Di Pasquale (FRA) 4 4   Bronze Medal match
5   Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 6 6  
5   Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 6 7       Roger Federer (SUI) 6579 3
2   Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 5       Arnaud Di Pasquale (FRA) 77 676

Top HalfEdit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
1   M Safin (RUS) 6 1 4
    F Santoro (FRA) 1 6 6     F Santoro (FRA) 6 627
    A Ilie (AUS) 3 3       F Vicente (ESP) 1 77 5
    F Vicente (ESP) 6 6       F Santoro (FRA) 2 7 4
    G Pozzi (ITA) 6 6       K Alami (MAR) 6 5 6
    J Novák (CZE) 1 2       G Pozzi (ITA) 2 6 6
    K Alami (MAR) 6 77       K Alami (MAR) 6 4 8
10   F Squillari (ARG) 4 65      K Alami (MAR) 621  
16   M Chang (USA) 663       R Federer (SUI) 77 6  
IP   S Lareau (CAN) 78 6   IP   S Lareau (CAN) 1 6 3
Alt   M Tillström (SWE) 6 6   Alt   M Tillström (SWE) 6 3 6
IP   L Paes (IND) 2 4   Alt   M Tillström (SWE) 1 2  
    D Prinosil (GER) 2 2       R Federer (SUI) 6 6  
    R Federer (SUI) 6 6       R Federer (SUI) 6 77  
    K Kučera (SVK) 6 6       K Kučera (SVK) 4 65 
7   T Henman (GBR) 3 2  

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
4   L Hewitt (AUS) 3 3  
    M Mirnyi (BLR) 6 6       M Mirnyi (BLR) 646 11
Alt   W Black (ZIM) 7 1 1     J Vaněk (CZE) 77 4 9
    J Vaněk (CZE) 5 6 6     M Mirnyi (BLR) 77 6  
    J Tarango (USA) 6 6       M Zabaleta (ARG) 642  
INV   D Camacho (BOL) 0 1       J Tarango (USA) 2 3  
    M Zabaleta (ARG) 686 7     M Zabaleta (ARG) 6 6  
12   M Ríos (CHI) 710 4 5     M Mirnyi (BLR) 6 5 3
14   W Ferreira (RSA) 5 2       T Haas (GER) 4 7 6
    T Haas (GER) 7 6       T Haas (GER) 4 6 6
    C Ruud (NOR) 2 4       A Vinciguerra (SWE) 6 4 2
    A Vinciguerra (SWE) 6 6       T Haas (GER) 79 6  
    G Rusedski (GBR) 2 3   6   À Corretja (ESP) 673  
    A Clément (FRA) 6 6       A Clément (FRA) 77 4 4
    G Ivanišević (CRO) 6365  6   À Corretja (ESP) 656 6
6   À Corretja (ESP) 77 77  

Bottom HalfEdit

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
8   JC Ferrero (ESP) 6578 7
Alt   H-T Lee (KOR) 77 665 8   JC Ferrero (ESP) 6 78  
    S Doseděl (CZE) 2 65      N Massú (CHI) 4 66 
    N Massú (CHI) 6 77   8   JC Ferrero (ESP) 77 6  
Alt   B Cowan (GBR) 7 1 4 Alt   D Nestor (CAN) 643  
Alt   D Nestor (CAN) 5 6 6 Alt   D Nestor (CAN) 7 77  
    V Spadea (USA) 4 3   13   P Rafter (AUS) 5 64 
13   P Rafter (AUS) 6 6   8   JC Ferrero (ESP) 2 1
9   N Kiefer (GER) 4 3       A Di Pasquale (FRA) 6 6  
    A Di Pasquale (FRA) 6 6       A Di Pasquale (FRA) 6 6  
    V Voltchkov (BLR) 77 4 6     V Voltchkov (BLR) 2 2  
    G Gaudio (ARG) 646 1     A Di Pasquale (FRA) 77 77  
IP   P Srichaphan (THA) 6 4 7 3   M Norman (SWE) 6462 
IP   A Sávolt (HUN) 2 6 5 IP   P Srichaphan (THA) 5 2  
    A Pavel (ROM) 77 3 8 3   M Norman (SWE) 7 6  
3   M Norman (SWE) 616 10

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Quarterfinals
5   Y Kafelnikov (RUS) 6 6  
IP   JA Marín (CRC) 0 1   5   Y Kafelnikov (RUS) 77 6  
    N Escudé (FRA) 77 5 1     JI Chela (ARG) 644  
    JI Chela (ARG) 657 6 5   Y Kafelnikov (RUS) 77 6  
    S Sargsian (ARM) 3 4   11   M Philippoussis (AUS) 643  
IP   K Pless (DEN) 6 6   IP   K Pless (DEN) 4 4  
    T Johansson (SWE) 664   11   M Philippoussis (AUS) 6 6  
11   M Philippoussis (AUS) 78 6   5   Y Kafelnikov (RUS) 6 7  
15   A Costa (ESP) 3 6 9 2   G Kuerten (BRA) 4 5  
Alt   K Ullyett (ZIM) 6 3 11 Alt   K Ullyett (ZIM) 2 6 4
    D Hrbatý (SVK) 1 6 3     I Ljubičić (CRO) 6 4 6
    I Ljubičić (CRO) 6 1 6     I Ljubičić (CRO) 623  
    R Schüttler (GER) 6 6   2   G Kuerten (BRA) 77 6  
    T Martin (USA) 2 0       R Schüttler (GER) 4 4  
INV   C Pognon (BEN) 1 1   2   G Kuerten (BRA) 6 6  
2   G Kuerten (BRA) 6 6  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Singles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 December 2020.