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Thomas Enqvist - both the strongest and weakest winning run in a Masters Series?

In light of the thread about toughest Slam draws, I thought I'd list some examples of hard Masters Series draws.

But Enqvist seems to have gone through both extremes. Consider the opponents he beat to win his second Masters title in Stuttgart 1999:

ATP Masters Series Stuttgart, Germany; 25.10.1999; SU; Indoor: Hard; Draw: 48
R64 Bye N/A
W
R32 Michael Chang (USA) 73
W 6-4, 6-2
R16 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 5
W 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Q Marcelo Rios (CHI) 9
W 6-4, 6-2
S Andre Agassi (USA) 1
W 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
F Richard Krajicek (NED) 8
W 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

Even excluding the dangers posed by the always-tenacious Bye, that's still four Top 10 opponents, four Grand Slam champions and three former/future world no. 1s. But then less than a year later, his last Masters title in Cincinnati:

ATP Masters Series Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.; 07.08.2000; SU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 64
R64 Andrei Pavel (ROU) 35
W 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(7)
R32 Harel Levy (ISR) 72
W 6-4, 6-1
R16 Max Mirnyi (BLR) 60
W 6-4, 6-3
Q Fernando Vicente (ESP) 51
W 7-5, 6-1
S Arnaud Clement (FRA) 50
W 6-2, 6-2
F Tim Henman (GBR) 16
W 7-6(5), 6-4

This raises the question of whether one should take into account what players did before or after the event in question, when assessing how strong an opponent they were. You have Levy, who had just made the final in Toronto the week before, plus Pavel and Mirnyi who would go on to have one big Masters Series tournament each the following year, not to mention what Clement achieved in 2001. However, Enqvist still only faced two players ranked below 50, one in the Top 20 and none in the Top 10.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Re: Thomas Enqvist - both the strongest and weakest winning run in a Masters Series?

Guga winning Cincinnati 2001 will always stand out:
ATP Masters Series Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; 06.08.2001; SU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 64
R64 Andy Roddick (USA) 27
W 7-6(3), 6-1
R32 Tommy Haas (GER) 16
W 7-6(4), 7-6(8)
R16 Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 19
W 6-2, 6-1
Q Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 6
W 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
S Tim Henman (GBR) 8
W 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(4)
F Patrick Rafter (AUS) 7
W 6-1, 6-3

Canas in Toronto 2002:
ATP Masters Series Canada, Toronto, Canada; 29.07.2002; SU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 64
R64 Roger Federer (SUI) 10
W 7-6(10), 7-5
R32 Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 60
W 6-2, 6-1
R16 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 5
W 6-2, 6-2
Q Marat Safin (RUS) 2
W 7-5, 6-3
S Tommy Haas (GER) 3
W 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
F Andy Roddick (USA) 12
W 6-4, 7-5

Henman in Paris 2003:
ATP Masters Series Paris, France; 27.10.2003; SU; Indoor: Carpet; Draw: 48
R64 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 46
W 6-3, 6-4
R32 Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) 11
W 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
R16 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 17
W 6-4, 6-2
Q Roger Federer (SUI) 3
W 7-6(5), 6-1
S Andy Roddick (USA) 2
W 7-6(4), 7-6(7)
F Andrei Pavel (ROU) 191
W 6-2, 7-6(6), 7-6(2)

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Cañas winning Toronto was very impressive.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Pernfors was ranked 95 when he won Montreal.

Code:
R64  	Mark Kaplan (RSA)  	369  	W 6-2, 7-5  	
R32 	Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 63 	W 6-4, 6-4 	
R16 	Jim Courier (USA) 	2 	W 6-3, 6-2 	
Q 	Alexander Volkov (RUS) 	16 	W 6-2, 6-1 	
S 	Petr Korda (CZE) 	11 	W 7-6(4), 7-5 	
W 	Todd Martin (USA) 	20 	W 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
Carretero ranked 143 when he won Hamburg.

Code:
R64  	Jordi Arrese (ESP)  		84  	W 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(2)  	
R32 	MaliVai Washington (USA) 	16 	W 6-1, 6-0 	
R16 	Arnaud Boetsch (FRA) 		13 	W 6-4, 6-1 	
Q 	Gilbert Schaller (AUT) 		32 	W 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 	
S 	Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 	7 	W 7-5, 6-2 	
W 	Alex Corretja (ESP) 		66 	W 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Thomas Enqvist - both the strongest and weakest winning run in a Masters Series?

Another one in Canada that really stands out, the legendary Chris Woodruff winning with a ranking of 57:

ATP Masters Series Canada, Montreal, Canada; 28.07.1997; SU; Outdoor: Hard; Draw: 56
R64 Jocelyn Robichaud (CAN) 564
W 7-6(7), 6-3
R32 Jan Siemerink (NED) 35
W 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(2)
R16 Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 3
W 7-6(6), 6-2
Q Mark Philippoussis (AUS) 14
W 6-4, 6-4
S Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 7
W 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
F Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 13
W 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Those were the times.
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Rios winning Key Biscayne 1998 and reaching the #1

Code:
R128 Bye N/A W 
R64 Hendrik Dreekmann (GER) 94 W 6-3, 6-4 
R32 Tommy Haas (GER) 34 W 6-4, 6-3
R16 Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 22 W 6-2, 6-3
Q Thomas Enqvist (SWE) 24 W 6-3, 2-0 RET 
S Tim Henman (GBR) 20 W 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 
W Andre Agassi (USA) 31 W 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

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Ivanisevic in Paris 1993

ATP Masters Series Paris, France; 01.11.1993; SU; Indoor: Carpet; Draw: 48

Round Opponent Ranking Score

R64 Bye N/A W
R32 Jonas Svensson (SWE) 32 W 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
R16 Michael Chang (USA) 7 W 7-6(5), 7-5
Q Pete Sampras (USA) 1 W 7-6(3), 7-5
S Stefan Edberg (SWE) 6 W 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3)
W Andrei Medvedev (UKR) 8 W 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(2)
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Djokovic Montreal 2007:

R64 Bye N/A W
R32 Nicolas Kiefer (GER) 254 W 6-3, 6-3 Stats
R16 David Nalbandian (ARG) 26 W 6-2, 6-3 Stats
Q Andy Roddick (USA) 3 W 7-6(4), 6-4 Stats
S Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2 W 7-5, 6-3 Stats
W Roger Federer (SUI) 1 W 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(2) Stats

This Event Points: 500, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 4, Prize Money: $400,000

Nalbandian, Madrid 2007:

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R64 Arnaud Clement (FRA) 40 W 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Stats
R32 Tomas Berdych (CZE) 11 W 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) Stats
R16 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 53 W 6-2, 6-4 Stats
Q Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2 W 6-1, 6-2 Stats
S Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3 W 6-4, 7-6(4) Stats
W Roger Federer (SUI) 1 W 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Stats

This Event Points: 500, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 25, Prize Money: $400,000

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Nalbandian was ranked lower than Djokovic.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Rios winning Key Biscayne 1998 and reaching the #1

Code:
R128 Bye N/A W 
R64 Hendrik Dreekmann (GER) 94 W 6-3, 6-4 
R32 Tommy Haas (GER) 34 W 6-4, 6-3
R16 Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 22 W 6-2, 6-3
Q Thomas Enqvist (SWE) 24 W 6-3, 2-0 RET 
S Tim Henman (GBR) 20 W 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 
W Andre Agassi (USA) 31 W 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
No top 10 and only one top 20... hmmmmm no surprise Rios never won a slam.
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you seem to be a fan of nordic players, Sjengster
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Magnus Larsson was ranked 19th at the time, when he won the GS Cup, yet it's not a Masters, but this is not a bad list.

Code:
R16  	Stefan Edberg (SWE)	7  	W 6-4, 6-7, 8-6  	
Q 	Andre Agassi (USA) 	2 	W 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 	
S 	Todd Martin (USA) 	10 	W 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 	
W 	Pete Sampras (USA) 	1 	W 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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you seem to be a fan of nordic players, Sjengster
What makes you say that exactly?

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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