I just noticed that Ivan is the no.4 seed for next week's tournament.
The guy has played non-stop tennis for 3 weeks including two best of 5-set matches against two Spaniards, in Vienna and Madrid. He's looking more and more tired as each match goes by so why does it make sense to play even more tennis before the Paris Masters?
His 5 best International Series scores are:
If he won Lyon, it would be worth 45pts so he would improve his score by 10pts. Is it really worth it? Also, in the worst case scenario, what if he reached the final and then lost? He would have played all 5 matches for nothing because the 31pts earned wouldn't be enough to improve his score.
He should take a week off and prepare for AMS Paris so that he can be fully rested and in good shape for the important tournament.
edit: he's due to play Spadea in the 1st round and, possibly, Roddick in the semis.
no he won´t
he confirmed that he is playing lyon
reason is that the surface is the same as in paris bercy, and he wants to adapt to it
that are his words from yesterdays news conference
so ivan is definitely playing lyon