Originally Posted by Golfnduck
Safin and Lleyton have a ton more points to defend later on in the year. Safin has two Masters series, and Lleyton has USO final to defend.
Just winning a few matches each week during the clay court season could pay off later in the year too if it gets close. Andy has very few points to defend compared to the other guys:
2004 clay court entry points:
(& at the most a net loss of 10 [-120+110 other best fifth] from Houston)
(& a net loss of 95 [-120+25 other best fifth] from not defending Estoril which he didn't enter this year)