from the atp website
Of the eight men competing next week at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, Carlos Moya had to make perhaps the largest last-minute push to reach the season-ending championship.
Birthplace: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
Height: 6'3" (1.91m)
Weight: 177 (80kg)
Turned Pro: 1995
Career Titles: 11
2002 Titles: 4
2002 Win/Loss: 56-20
Career Win/Loss: 320-181
Moya entered last week's BNP Paribas Masters sitting in the 8th position in the ATP Champions Race - one spot away from a guaranteed seat in Shanghai. However, with six positions still up for grabs, it was a sure thing that the Spaniard would have to be playing into the weekend in Paris if he wanted a shot at the Masters Cup.
After dodging two tough opponents in American James Blake and defending Paris champion Sebastien Grosjean, Moya sat facing one more towering obstacle - Andre Agassi. The same Agassi who was in a battle to move closer to the Race lead currently held by Lleyton Hewitt and the same Agassi who has a shot at finishing the year as the World No. 1.
But Moya had already been given much hope prior to taking the court with the veteran American. Losses by Jiri Novak and Tim Henman meant that Moya could book his airline ticket to China if he defeated Agassi.
With the confidence of 50 plus wins in 2002 and four titles under his belt, Moya marched onto the Paris court and pulled off the rare straight sets victory against Agassi and qualified to play in the ATP's final tournament of the year.
In 2002, Moya - who held the No. 1 ranking during a stretch in 1999 - returned to the top-notch tennis that took him to the top of the ATP rankings. While winning three tournaments in a two month stretch during the hard court season, Moya said he was playing the best tennis of his life - even better than his 1998 Roland Garros title run.
In Shanghai, Moya will have to unleash his in-form tennis in order to win the title. Already paired with Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin and Albert Costa in round robin play, Moya will indeed have three finals-caliber matches before the semifinals even begin.
However, Moya has already scored wins this year against Hewitt, Agassi, Safin and Ferrero. Stay tune!