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The race to Shanghai

TheBoiledEgg
09-25-2002, 03:39 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/2269736.stm


By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport Online



With the Davis Cup set aside until the final in November and all four Grand Slams out of the way, the focus for the world's best players is now on the Masters Cup.

The top seven players in the ATP Champions Race at the end of the Paris Masters in early November, plus the best-placed Grand Slam champion, will get a trip to Shanghai.

And the Masters Cup, which begins on 11 November, is much more than just an end-of-season showcase.

It is the closest men's tennis gets to a world championship, with $3,700,000 prize money to be shared among eight players.


Which explains why the world's best will look for every point they can get in the 11 tournaments before the end of the season to make the top seven.

The eighth place goes to the highest-placed Grand Slam champion who finishes between eighth and 20th - bringing Pete Sampras and Thomas Johansson into the equation.

Players score points from the Grand Slams, Masters Series events, and then their five best other tournament results.

There are two more Masters Series events - in Madrid and Paris so these will be the best chance to make up ground.

BBC Sport Online looks at how the race is shaping up.



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1. Lleyton Hewitt (690 points)
The world number one and defending Masters Cup champion is the only player to have secured a place in Shanghai already, and will be among the favourites again this year.

2. Andre Agassi (554)
The 32-year-old is all but there and has proved again this year with his performances at the US Open and in winning two Masters Series titles that there are few better when it comes to the major events.

3. Marat Safin (438)
An alarming slump in form has seen the Russian fail to collect any significant points since making the semi-finals at the French Open, but he should have enough in the bag to be safe.

4. Tim Henman (420)
Britain's number one has exactly the same number of points as he managed last year - when he finished an agonising ninth in the Champions Race - and only injury looks like stopping him this time.

5. Carlos Moya (393)
The first of three Spaniards tied on the same number of points, Moya holds the edge over his compatriots with some recent good form and a game that can prosper on hardcourts and indoor carpet.

6. Juan Carlos Ferrero (393)
The great Spanish hope at just 21, Ferrero excels on clay and can also perform on hardcourts - as he proved reaching the last four in Cincinnati - but will have to be at his best to pick up the necessary points indoors.

7. Albert Costa (393)
After surprising everyone by winning the French Open Costa has hardly set the world alight, but the Roland Garros title was a lifetime's ambition and motivation may be lacking as he leaves the clay behind.

8. Tommy Haas (388)
An arm injury has hampered the German in recent weeks but if he can overcome that he is well placed to at least match his eighth-placed finish of last year, as he thrives in Europe's indoor arenas.



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The challengers:

9. Andy Roddick (383)
The biggest threat to the top eight, the American teenager looks in great shape to make his first Masters Cup as his rapidly improving game and huge serve should find success indoors.

10. Roger Federer (356)
It has been a disappointing year for the man many have tipped as a future number one, but the Swiss star is still in contention and is another who tends to be at his best towards the end of the year.

12. Pete Sampras (347)
A month ago the thought that Sampras might turn up in Shanghai would have been almost laughable, but, unless Costa drops out of the top seven, the old master should have one last tilt.

14. Thomas Johansson (312)
Not surprisingly, the Swede has failed to match the heights of winning the Australian Open in January, and injury problems mean his best bet is to try to overhaul Costa and Sampras for the Grand Slam winner's spot.

Nimi
09-25-2002, 05:22 PM
Ok so now Alex isnt a fave :rolleyes::p

btw Agassi is already qualified, its official.

Doris Loeffel
09-27-2002, 10:30 AM
Alleeeezzzz Roger you still can do it!!!

vaiva
09-27-2002, 10:36 AM
I just hope that Marat will make it to Shanghai. But the things have been shaping horribly lately :sad:

Nimi
09-27-2002, 02:20 PM
Oh dont worry Marat will easily be in Shanghai... What im worried about is what people are going to say if he makes it there with out a title

Lucas Arg
09-27-2002, 08:14 PM
Too bad Canas get injured. If he would ve played the US OPEN and some more tournaments he could do it.:(

Chloe le Bopper
09-27-2002, 08:45 PM
Hopefully Ferrero can catch a little fire indoors this year ;)

Chloe le Bopper
09-27-2002, 08:45 PM
6. Juan Carlos Ferrero (393)
The great Spanish hope at just 21, Ferrero excels on clay and can also perform on hardcourts - as he proved reaching the last four in Cincinnati - but will have to be at his best to pick up the necessary points indoors.

:cough: Spot the error :p

Nimi
09-27-2002, 08:46 PM
He reached the semis at Toronto...

TennisHack
09-27-2002, 08:47 PM
Err, Ferrero is 22 . . .

Chloe le Bopper
09-27-2002, 08:51 PM
No he didn't reach the semis at Toronto (don't I wish? I'd have got to see him 5 times in one week!).

tennischick
09-28-2002, 12:14 PM
there's another error. they called him the "great Spanish hope". the only correct word there is "Spanish"...:p :p

TheBoiledEgg
09-28-2002, 12:17 PM
LOL@TC
the only great Spanish player of recent years is Carlos Moya and before him Sergi Brugeura

tennischick
09-28-2002, 12:26 PM
i totally agree!!!!!! it was a sign of Guga's talent that he was able to spank ol' Sergi in the French. i still have that tape. what a sweet match. at least Sergi got some comfort from knowing that he had been spanked by the "great Brazlian hope"...:p :p

Williams Rulez
09-28-2002, 12:36 PM
Go away Tim... don't qualify.

claudine140
09-28-2002, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by TheBoiledEgg
LOL@TC
the only great Spanish player of recent years is Carlos Moya and before him Sergi Brugeura

Hey Egg

I like you very much, it seems you are a big moya fan just like i am.
Did you visit the moya clubs????
Claudine

Nacho
09-28-2002, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by TheBoiledEgg
LOL@TC
the only great Spanish player of recent years is Carlos Moya and before him Sergi Brugeura

Yeah sure, then Juanqui and Alex, both former world No. 2, are not great players...

Daniel
09-28-2002, 02:20 PM
:D :D

TheBoiledEgg
09-29-2002, 07:56 AM
being #2 doesn't take you into the hall of fame or make you an all time great.

Moya and Bruguera will go down into that category.

No Claudine, don't go into Moya clubs


after Hong Kong semis
Marat gained 3 pts too to take him to 441, every tourn of his will count as his optional events pts are pretty dire.

Ferrero is on 414
Moya on 402

Moya needs to win the title more as he can't gain much pts other than Masters-Series.

Nimi
09-29-2002, 08:03 AM
Eggy. People dont go to the hall of fame with 1 GS & a few weeks at #1. I noticed that unlike WTAworld, here you are completely biased toward your faves.

TheBoiledEgg
09-29-2002, 08:10 AM
Hall of Fame and being listed into an all-time great category are different things (all time great as written into the ITF's year books)
Moya and Bruguera probably will go down into that

If Stich can get listed then so can these 2.

Hall of Fame is a diff thing altogether

Nimi
09-29-2002, 08:25 AM
Bruguera will certainly be there. But Moya?.... He will not be clearly remembered in 20 years from now unless he pulls off some MS or another GS.

TheBoiledEgg
09-29-2002, 08:26 AM
Carlos was #1 :p
only a handful of players have ever made #1 spot

Nimi
09-29-2002, 08:31 AM
So Rios will be hall of fame?....

Hehe i got you :p

TheBoiledEgg
09-29-2002, 08:34 AM
no....... i said he could be listed into the all time great category
Hall of Fame is something else that only ass-lickers and hooligans get into

Nimi
09-29-2002, 08:39 AM
No Patrick :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
09-29-2002, 09:15 AM
:cough:

TC say what you will about Ferrero :p He's only 22, who knows what he will accomplish :p

Even if he doesn't ever win a slam or get to number one, what he does is something that 99% of pros would die for.

So yay him :D