Does it matter with which score he was beated by Berdych or anyone else, had he chances there or not?
Ranking isn`t about better player or anything, but just points - again I think you understand it better than many posters here.
I`m not going to convince you, doing the same - pointing my opinion. And it so happend that analysis have something to do with my work too and to some extent following sport I estimate and compare difference numbers also on regular basis.
"Luck" is very full of meanings definition. It can be intresting discussion about it, but off-topic - maybe the thread about luck and how everyone understands it in sport should be created, can be quite intresting stuff.
if the question is just who is ahead of the other in the rankings we both know the answer then well
yes, losing to Berdych on such a tight score and after a great match in the Australian open counts in my eyes because it shows that the guy played very well and that with a better draw, the guy could have gone further.
I said I like to look at things precisely and I believe in luck in matches then I will surely not content of the binary thought X wins/Y loses.
Now I understand that as a Gasquet fan, you don't accept what I say, but that's my opinion and I won't change it without great deep arguments.
Besides, when I say that I think Almagro deserved it more, I didn't only mean that I think he made overall a better year, but also that he wanted it much more, did everything he could to reach the WTF in the end of this year (played Stockholm where he could only win points by winning the tournament against Berdych and Tsonga, attended Tipsy's match yesterday, fought hard against Ramos and Tsonga, it was obvious that he really wanted it). Gasquet is different : he already played the WTF some years ago and he doesn't have a great motivation for this sport, that's the main reason why it's hard for me to support him by the way. For him qualifying for the WTF or not won't change his life (except that as a substitute he will get several ten thousand dollars to spend in Harrod's or elsewhere).