Andy Murray Top Seeded as ATP Brisbane Draw Released

Shane Lambert@uncoolnegatedAnalyst IIDecember 31, 2011

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The 2012 edition of ATP Brisbane, an event that is scheduled to take place between January 1st and January 8th, is part of the 250 series on the ATP Tour. The draw has recently been released and while there is not a ton of top talent in the field, the tournament does feature Andy Murray as the top seed and Gilles Simon seeded second.

Each of those players will be looking to negotiate their way through the 32-player field to make the final, a match which is scheduled for next weekend.

There does not appear to be much in Murray's way in the early rounds unless Gilles Muller is able to catch the Scot off guard in a possible second-round match. Murray does share a semi with eight-seeded Bernard Tomic, a player many tennis fans are excited about and one who will be looking to perform well in front of his home country's fans.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is the third seeded player in the Brisbane draw and he might properly be regarded as the second favorite for the title, ahead of Simon. Dolgopolov made the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2011 and the Ukrainian, who boasts ample racket skill, will be looking to get 2012 off to a strong start.

The other seeded players are fourth-seeded Florian Mayer, fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, sixth-seeded Radek Stepanek and seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer.

If the seeds held up the quarterfinals would look as follows:

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(1) Andy Murray vs. (5) Kei Nishikori

(4) Florian Mayer vs. (8) Bernard Tomic

(6) Radek Stepanek vs. (3) Alexandr Dolgopolov

(7) Jurgen Melzer vs. (2) Gilles Simon

There are not too many dangerous unseeded players in the tournament however Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Haas and Julien Benneteau are veterans in the field who are capable of upsets when on top of their game.

ATP Brisbane offers the tournament champion prize nearing $75,000 and last year's final saw Robin Soderling defeat Andy Roddick, two players who are absent from this year's tournament.