Originally Posted by Grinder
Marat Safin will lose an additional 200 points from last years TMC so his ranking will go down to #16 in the entry rankings, this is granted that Robredo doesn't win his quarterfinal match aganist Ljubicic and Stepanek does not make the final. If that does happen, he could be ranked as low as #18. Think about that, that would mean as the 16th seed (or lower) for the Australian Open, Safin could draw Federer, Roddick, Nadal or Hewitt as early as the fourth round.
I just thought it was funny how the defending Australian Open champion will most likely be seeded outside the top 15 for the Australian.
Hewitt could also end the year at #8 if he does not participate in the TMC or he goes winless in Shanghai.
This is a major blow to the seeded players.
Roger of all players wouldn't be happy to draw Safin in the opening rounds, be it whatever surface.