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Will Andre qualify for Masters Cup 2005?

Gigan
10-17-2005, 01:27 PM
Hope Andre will play in Paris..
Hope he will play good and do
qualify for Masters Cup :

With just three weeks of the regular 2005 ATP circuit remaining, competition for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai is heating up. Going into Masters Series Madrid, only four singles players are assured of their berths at the spectacular new Qi Zhong stadium, leaving all those in contention fighting for crucial INDESIT ATP 2005 Race points in the coming weeks.



At present, only two-time defending champion and World No. 1 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin and Roddick have qualified for the singles. The remaining four singles spots will be determined by the final five ATP tournaments at Masters Series Madrid, Basel, Lyon, St. Petersburg and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.



Among those hoping to make significant strides in Madrid will be Argentine Guillermo Coria, who is sixth in the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race, Russian Nikolay Davydenko (7th), Argentine duo Gaston Gaudio (9th) and Mariano Puerta (10th), Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero (11th), Argentine David Nalbandian (12th) and in-form Croat Ivan Ljubicic (13th), who is making a late charge with back-to-back titles in Metz and Vienna.



Time is running out on the 2005 season as the opening ceremonies for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai are scheduled for November 12, with play beginning the following day.



INDESIT ATP 2005 Race

* = Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup

*1st Federer,Roger/SUI 1245 Two-time defending champion has a 13-1 record at finale
*2nd Nadal,Rafael/ESP 853 Spanish teen with10 titles in 2005 is top seed in Madrid.
*3rd Roddick,Andy/USA 548 Second seed in Madrid plays first tournament match since his R1 US Open loss
4th Hewitt,Lleyton/AUS 498 2002 Shanghai champ will qualify if both Gaudio & Puerta fall before Madrid SFs
5th Agassi,Andre/USA 455 Has qualified six of the past seven years. Won finale in 1990

Andre in 1990
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6th Coria,Guillermo/ARG 422 Looking for a big debut in Madrid to boost hopes of third straight qualification

7th Davydenko,Nikolay/RUS 378 Third seed in Madrid hopes to make first TMC
*8th Safin,Marat/RUS 346 Aus. Open winner certain to qualify as 2005 Grand Slam champion
9th Gaudio,Gaston/ARG 344 Seventh seed in Madrid is trying to qualify for second straight year
10th Puerta,Mariano/ARG324 Roland Garros finalist could face tough Madrid opener against Ferrero

* = Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup

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Gigan
10-17-2005, 10:15 PM
Masters Cup 2005 Money info:

the $4.45 million season-ending tournament,
Nov. 7-13 at Shanghai, China.

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Agassi Aces
10-17-2005, 10:17 PM
Looks like Andre could qualify on merit without playing between now and Shanghai. Coria and Davydenko are his REAL REAL threats and I don't think they will score enough points. Looks good for Andre!

Gigan
10-17-2005, 10:28 PM
Whom you like to see in Masters Cup besides those 4 qualifiers, fans?

My qualifiers list looks like:


*1st Federer,Roger
*2nd Nadal,Rafael
*3rd Roddick,Andy
-4th Hewitt,Lleyton
-5th Agassi,Andre
-6th Ljubicic, Ivan
-7th Nalbandian,David
*8th Safin,Marat

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Agassi Aces
10-18-2005, 08:25 AM
I definitely see Ljubicic as qualifying. He's on such a role now with two titles in Metz and Vienna!

Gigan
10-19-2005, 03:35 PM
News : 2005

Nalbandian hopes to use Madrid Masters as springboard to Shanghai

Madrid (dpa) - David Nalbandian staked his claim on a possible last-minute place in the season-final Masters Cup as last year's finalist at the Masters Series Madrid took a step into the third round Tuesday.
With less than three weeks remaining before the November 13 start in Shanghai between the eight best players in the world, four qualifying spots remain unclaimed. Fifth seed Nalbandian took the first step towards possibly lifting one of them with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer to book into the Madrid third round after an opening bye.

The 2004 losing finalist in Spain to Marat Safin could vastly improve his position in the chase with a title here; even a semi-final appearance would be of much use. "Mathematically I've got chances, and I think I can win this tournament. If I do, then I'll be close to the Masters," said the optimistic Argentine, ninth in the world and 12th in the race to China.

Common David!!!

Andre we are waitng for your best play in Paris 2005 too!!!
http://www.masters-series-madrid.com/images/layout/banners/4.jpg
they are missing Andre in Madrid...
this pic is posted in Madrid's side

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Gigan
10-19-2005, 07:09 PM
Is Andre already in?

They say so: Andre and coria are in...
http://www.tennisreporters.net/member/actCheck.cfm?goto=sub_atp_092905.html

notes on a draw sheet
Shanghai gets top field...

By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

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New ATP chief Etienne de Villiers has to be thrilled about probable field for the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, which at this point, should contain Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria and Marat Safin.

The eighth spot should be a dogfight between Nikolay Davydenko, Gaston Gaudio, Mariano Puerta, with Richard Gasquet and David Nalbandian dark horsed for a spot if they perform well in Madrid and Paris.
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Agassi Aces
10-20-2005, 09:10 AM
NOT YET! He's nearly there............Gaudio out of the draw in Madrid so if he wins Basel and Paris and Agassi doesn't play Paris Gaudio is a threat. Gaudio has lost his last 5 matches so Gaudio is out of the equation. Davydenko and Coria can qualify on merit without threatening Andre's Race Position. That leaves French Open Finalist Mariano Puerta, who is surrounded in drug controversy. However, Puerta is playing some really good tennis lately. He's in today's Madrid 3rd Round against David Ferrer, and whose to say he cannot go further? A win here or even a finals would threaten Andre. Then a good performance in Basel and Paris would destroy Andre's hopes. My gut feeling and hope is that Puerta falters today. I think if Andre gets a QF in Paris it will be ok. I really feel Andre needs match practice for Shanghai in Paris anyway. I think Andre will scrape in the final qualifying berth. If not, he is a GUARANTEED Reserve, which he didn't accept last year in Houston. Guillermo Canas was last years Houston reserve but wasn't needed. The last Masters Cup Reserve to play a match was Thomas Johansson in 2002 at Shanghai replacing Agassi. He lost to Federer.

suus21
10-20-2005, 01:29 PM
Agassi will qualify. Davydenko is no thread. He is losing to Ginepri now and he if he wins next week he even does not have passed Andre. I am sure Andre plays Paris. There he will do fine just as the rest of the year he already played.

Gigan
10-20-2005, 01:47 PM
Agassi will qualify. Davydenko is no thread. He is losing to Ginepri now and he if he wins next week he even does not have passed Andre. I am sure Andre plays Paris. There he will do fine just as the rest of the year he already played.

Davydenko has already lost to Ginepri...
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Gigan
10-20-2005, 11:09 PM
All - Coria, Puerta & Davydenko have lost in Madrid today...
Bad luck for them :(

But the chances of Andre for
year-end Shanghai "trip" have increased, fans...

What he needs now - just a good play in Paris!

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varar
10-21-2005, 07:18 AM
I think Andre will not play in Paris, too.

suus21
10-21-2005, 01:03 PM
if he won't play in paris then it will be very hard to win anything in shanghai. He must have some match practise before such a big tournament.

mandy20
10-21-2005, 02:00 PM
He might not play any where untill next year has anyone hered anythink as to what andre is going to do

Agassi Aces
10-21-2005, 05:10 PM
According to BBC Radio, Agassi will fly into Paris on Tuesday to begin practice for the final ATP Masters Series Event of the year. He will then fly directly to Shanghai after Paris and play the Masters there.

Agassi Aces
10-21-2005, 05:34 PM
Current Race after 25/10/05

4. Hewitt (Q) 498
5. Agassi 455
6. Coria 437
7. Davydenko 393
8. Safin (Q) 346
9. Ljubicic 346
10. Gaudio 346
11. Puerta 339
12. Nalbandian 322

Who's Playing Where Next week

Basel offers 50 points for the winner and 35 points for Finalist!
St Petersburg offers 50 points for the winner and 35 for Finalist!
Lyon offers 45 points for the winner and 31 for Finalist!


1. Federer (Withdrew from Basel- torn ligament)
2. Nadal (Withdrew from Basel)
3. Roddick (Lyon)
4. Hewitt (No Tournament)
5. Agassi (No Tournament)
6. Coria (Basel)
7. Davydenko (St Petersburg)
8. Safin (Withdrew from St Petersburg)
9. Gaudio (Lyon)
10. Puerta (Lyon- LOST 1ST ROUND!)
11. Nalbandian (Basel)
12. Ljubicic (Lyon)

So everyone is in action next week who is a threat to Andre. Luckily, only 50 points could be the maximum dent to Agassi before Andre returns in Paris.

Coria and Davydenko could pass Andre next week meaning it would come down to a good performance by Andre in Paris (QF or SF). Let the battle commence!

UPDATE: 25/10/05: ON PURE PERFORMANCE ANDRE CAN QUALIFY FOR TMC SHANGHAI WITH A SF AT BNP PARIBAS MASTERS, PARIS. MAY NOT NEED IT IF OTHER PEOPLE FALTER! Mariano Puerta lost First Round LYON!

suus21
10-21-2005, 05:40 PM
Coria will pass him but that's all I think.

mandy20
10-21-2005, 08:23 PM
no only coria can pass andre as he is only 19 points behind andre davdenko can not he is 62 points behind and he would only get 50 points for winning st peterburg safin has pulled out and Gaudio and Puerta wont win indoor and are to far back to overtake andre in the race next week. So andre need a good week in paris and get some matches under his belt foe shanghai

Gigan
10-21-2005, 10:07 PM
David won today vs Karlovich
Andre have to play in Paris! I miss him playing..

I like they both would play in Masters Cup
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Andre forever
10-22-2005, 12:49 AM
can't wait

Gigan
10-22-2005, 12:57 AM
ATP Ranking 0n October 21, 2005

1st Federer, R. 1245
2nd Nadal, R. 898
3rd Roddick, A. 549
4th Hewitt, L. 498
5th Agassi, A. 455
6th Coria, G. 437
7th Davydenko, N. 393
8th Safin, M. 346
9th Gaudio, G. 345
10th Puerta, M. 339
12th Nalbandian, D. 277

News. They posted today that Hewitt, L. is also qualified...

Andre has to play in Paris!

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suus21
10-22-2005, 12:51 PM
we have to wait and see next week but I do think he wants to play that will also boost his chances for the aus open 2006. A great ranking going into the open then. Let's be positive...

Gigan
10-22-2005, 02:07 PM
Latest news on Andre's chances:

Five of the eight spots for singles at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai now have been confirmed. Hewitt joins Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin in the field. Just 104 points separates the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race No. 7 Nikolay Davydenko, who currently stands as the last man into the field, and No. 15 Robby Ginepri. Ginepri and fellow Madrid semifinalists David Nalbandian and Ivan Ljubicic will try to better their standing this weekend in Madrid. The remaining three singles spots will be determined between Madrid, at tournaments in Basel, Lyon and St. Petersburg next week, and at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (Oct. 31-Nov. 6).



INDESIT ATP 2005 RACE UPDATE (through Masters Series Madrid quarterfinals)
Pos. Player Total

1. *Roger Federer 1245

2. *Rafael Nadal 898 (923 if reaches F)

3. *Andy Roddick 549

4. *Lleyton Hewitt 498

5. Andre Agassi 455

6. Guillermo Coria 437

7. Nikolay Davydenko 393

8. *Marat Safin 346

9. Gaston Gaudio 345

10. Mariano Puerta 339

11. David Nalbandian 322 (347 if reaches F)

12. Ivan Ljubicic 321 (346 if reaches F)

13. David Ferrer 299

14. Fernando Gonzalez 295

15 Robby Ginepri 289 (314 if reaches F)


* Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai

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Gigan
10-22-2005, 02:17 PM
Latest news on Andre's chances:



15 Robby Ginepri 289 (314 if reaches F)


* Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai[/B]

Ginepri lost to Nadal...

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Gigan
10-22-2005, 04:18 PM
Ginepri lost to Nadal...

Nalbandian also lost to lubicic
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Agassi Aces
10-22-2005, 08:58 PM
Andre's next to qualify then now Hewitt has!

Agassi Aces
10-22-2005, 09:10 PM
According to reports on the Paris thread, Federer and Nadal are both doubts for Paris. Federer with his ligament injury and Nadal resting for Shanghai. Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin's withdrawal's are expected very soon. Safin is still injured as is Hewitt. Hewiit, who qualified for Shanghai today needs to rest as much as Safin. Possibly then, Andy Roddick will be Top Seed for Paris ahead of fellow American Andre Agassi. Guillermo Coria will be third Seed ahead of Davydenko fourth. Nalbandian will be Fifth ahead of French Open Finalist Mariano Puerta in Sixth. Gaudio, Ljubicic, Stepanek and Thomas Johansson will close out the top ten seeds.

Gigan
10-23-2005, 07:34 PM
Nalbandian also lost to lubicic

lubicic lost to nadal in 5-sets final...
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Gigan
10-23-2005, 07:36 PM
INDESIT ATP 2005 RACE Madrid UPDATE
Pos. Player Total
1. *Roger Federer 1245
2. *Rafael Nadal 953
3. *Andy Roddick 549
4. *Lleyton Hewitt 498
5. Andre Agassi 455
6. Guillermo Coria 437
7. Nikolay Davydenko 393
8T. Ivan Ljubicic 346
8T. *Marat Safin 346
10. Gaston Gaudio 345
11. Mariano Puerta 339
12. David Nalbandian 322
14. David Ferrer 299
15. Fernando Gonzalez 295
16. Robby Ginepri 289
*Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai

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Agassi Aces
10-24-2005, 10:43 PM
Gaudio won his first match in Lyon today, so he joins Safin and Ljubicic as tied 8th spot on 346 points. Nadal has withdrawn from Basel so Guillermo Coria is now Top Seed. Coria just 18 points behind Andre. Coria can overtake Andre if he reaches the SF in Basel.

Gigan
10-24-2005, 11:35 PM
Gaudio won his first match in Lyon today, so he joins Safin and Ljubicic as tied 8th spot on 346 points. Nadal has withdrawn from Basel so Guillermo Coria is now Top Seed. Coria just 18 points behind Andre. Coria can overtake Andre if he reaches the SF in Basel.

not good :( , Nadal could stop him...


We will hope that Andre will play well in Paris!!!
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Agassi Aces
10-25-2005, 12:14 PM
25/10/05:

Mariano Puerta is the Number 2 seed in Lyon and opens against Olivier Rochus today. A win would move him up to 340pts, just 6 behind 8th placed men Safin, Ljubicic and Gaudio.

joycomesmorning
10-25-2005, 01:20 PM
Puerta lost...

jcm

joycomesmorning
10-25-2005, 02:47 PM
Remembering that math is not my strong suit, here is the situation as I figure it (please feel free to correct my logic and/or arithmetic :)

There are 145 (or 150 for those playing St Pete or Basel) still available...

Point allocations for Basel/St Pete: 50-winner
35 runner up
22 semis
12 quarters
5
1

Point allocations Lyon: 45
31
20
11
4
1

Paris: 100 Winner
70 Runner up
45 Semis
25 Quarters
15
7
1




By losing today, Puerta is pretty much done (which considering the possible drug charges still pending is probably a good thing )...

Puerta had 339 points going into today...340 after today...IF he won Paris (not likely) he would only have 440 points...Andre has 455...so Puerta is not a threat to Andre.

Gaudio had 345 points ...and should he win Lyon (45) points AND Paris (neither is at all likely) he would have 495 points...only a slight threat to Andre...EVEN if AA DNP Paris. Should Gaudio even reach the FINAL of both tournaments (also not likely, he would not have enough points to catch Andre's current position. I don't think that Gaudio is going to catch Andre.

Nalbandian: Has 322 points...IF he wins both Basel AND Paris, he would have 472 points...IF he wins Basel and is runner up in Paris, he still can't catch AA...or even if he wins Paris and has a runner up in Basel, he would only be 2 points ahead of AA's current position (and correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that in Paris AA has a first round bye and is guaranteed 7 points just for showing up for the first round...anyone know????) Nalbandian is a little bit of a threat to Andre...but not a lot, I don't think!!

Ljubicic jockeying for position with Andre and Daveydenko and Coria is the biggest issue...Lubj has 346 points...If I understand the point system and the best five, he can only count 10 points of whatever he earns in Lyon towards his ATP points...so if he wins both Paris AND Lyon (and he has a tough draw in Lyon), the best he could come up with is 456...only ONE point more than AA has now...and IF AA does have a 7-point bye...well, Lube becomes not at all a threat to AA...

So for all intents and purposes, since there are 3 positions left (plus the alternate...which may be a very viable postion to have with Safin's knee injury and Hewitt's impending fatherhood...and Agassi and Federer with some health issues), Andre is in if he shows up and even wins one match in Paris....

And that's with a best case scenario for Nalbandian and Gaudio and Lube... Puerta could still be the alternate, I think....

The real competition is Daveydenko's spot...and Lube and Nalbandian charging!!

Barring an injury, Andre should be in Shanghai as the 6th, 7th or 8th seed depending on how Paris plays out!

jcm

Agassi Aces
10-25-2005, 03:27 PM
YES- Olivier Rochus beat Number Two Seed Mariano Puerta 4-6 7-5 6-3, so Puerta is pretty much out of the equation. He won't win Paris next week will he! Next up is Gaston Gaudio playing his second round in Lyon tomorrow. Ivan Ljubicic opens his campaign in Lyon tomorrow. He must be tired- 3 straight finals with two wins, his run must end soon!! Davydenko plays his first round in St. Petersburg tomorrow. In Basel, last years Finalist David Nalbandian plays his first match tomorrow and I have a feeling he's starting to play himself into form. Nalbandian and Ljubicic are the big threats for me! Completely O/T I'm intrigued about the first meeting in Basel tomorrow between my countrymen, Murray and Henman. Should be interesting!!!!!!

doubleafan
10-26-2005, 09:12 AM
The impression I get is even if Andre skips Paris , he will make it to Shanghai.
Only Nalbandian outside the top 10 has any chance of Making it to the final 8.And for that he will have to play the Tennis of his life.

joycomesmorning
10-26-2005, 12:38 PM
The impression I get is even if Andre skips Paris , he will make it to Shanghai.
Only Nalbandian outside the top 10 has any chance of Making it to the final 8.And for that he will have to play the Tennis of his life.
Things are muddled again this year by having a Slam winner (last year Gaudio, this year Safin) who earns the right to the Masters without being in the final 8 with points. Right now Lubjicic and Safin are tied...but Safin is not playing this week and will probably not play in Paris...so Lubjicic will take over 8th place this week alone...so that # 8 position is not secure since it will belong to Safin no matter who else gets what...so it becomes important to have enough points to secure the 6th or 7th position...that's the rub!

Either Agassi or Coria or Daveydenko or Lubjicic WILL be knocked out of that position. Right now, I think it HAS to be Lube because he can't surpass Andre's total (It was quite significant, actually, when Lube lost to Nadal in the finals in Madrid, points wise)...and I agree that Nalbandian is the only other player who could make the top-8! Of course, Lube could overtake Davedenko and/or Coria IF he does VERY well in Lyon and Paris!!

Last year Agassi ended the year-end in 8th place and earned the right to be in the Championships in Houston and was bumped by Gaudio... I would hate to see the same thing happen again this year....

Positions 1-5 are secured...but of these, Hewitt, Federer, and Safin ALL have injuries that could keep them out of competition...and we probably won't know until AFTER Paris who will withdraw and who will not...so even positions #9-11 could be factors!!!

Agassi NEEDS to show up in Paris, I think...Daveydenko stands a good chance of earning a lot of points in is tourney... Coria is ALWAYS a question mark on carpet...

jcm

Gigan
10-26-2005, 03:40 PM
Ljubicic lost today in Lion...

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mandy20
10-26-2005, 07:13 PM
Andre is not playing paris for personal reasons

suus21
10-26-2005, 07:34 PM
what a jerk. Hope nothing serious is going on...

Gigan
10-26-2005, 08:59 PM
Nalbandian

Coria,
Gaudio,
Ferrero,
Davidenko

they all won yesterday/today...

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Agassi Aces
10-26-2005, 09:45 PM
Ljubicic and Puerta will NOT pass Agassi even if they win Paris next week. Agassi can afford Coria and Davydenko to overtake him so we won't worry about them! Gaudio needs a win in Lyon and a QF in Paris to overtake Agassi. Nalbandian needs a Win in Basel and F in Paris to overtake Agassi. Anything is possible!!!!!!! Davydenko needs a Win St Petersburg and a 2R in Paris to overtake Andre. Coria just needs SF in Basel. BUT any of them could slip up. I think Andre could qualify!

AgassiDomination
10-26-2005, 10:51 PM
Good chance of him making it...

Gigan
10-27-2005, 01:37 PM
Coria lost today in Basel...
Gaudio lost too...
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mandy20
10-27-2005, 02:46 PM
That is good news but I dont think it will matter because I dont think andre is going to play the masters I hope he dose but it dose not look good not playing any tennis

Agassi Aces
10-27-2005, 04:32 PM
Tennis Masters Cup Update: Gaudio and Coria lost in Basel today. If Nalbandian loses, Agassi WILL qualify for Masters Cup. Nalbandian is in action now against Florian Mayer. Nalbandian up 3-2 1st set. Other man to worry about is Davydenko playing Paul Goldstein in St Petersburg. Davydenko is 2-0 up against the American at the moment in the first set.

Agassi Aces
10-27-2005, 05:32 PM
Nalbandian is through. He has to reach Final in Basel and win Paris to overtake Agassi. Nalbandian is the only person now to worry Andre. If Nalbandian loses in QF or SF in Basel Andre HAS qualified! Meanwhile Davydenko about to beat Goldstein in St Petersburg.

Gigan
10-27-2005, 06:34 PM
Nalbandian won! :wavey:
Go, David! Play with Andre in Masters Cup!!!

Davydenko won :( , next will play vs Kiefer (GER)..
Go win Kiwi!
Ferrero lost...
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Agassi Aces
10-28-2005, 05:08 PM
Nalbandian beat Srichaphan today in Basel. He'll play Baghdatis tomorrow. If he loses, Andre still qualifies for Shanghai. If Nalbandian wins, Andre will have to wait for the results next week in Paris. Meanwhile, Davydenko plays Kiefer right now in St Petersburg. Crucial as he is gaining on Andre with a last minute points dash!

Agassi Aces
10-28-2005, 05:15 PM
Kiefer has just crushed Davydenko 6-1 6-1 in St Petersburg! YES! Davydenko ends the week on 405 points. Andre is on 455, 40 ahead of Davydenko. Coria ends the week on 442 points, 13 behind Andre. Nalbandian is now on 344 points. Davydenko needs a SF Performance in Paris to overtake Andre, for 45 points. Coria needs a third round performance for 15 points to overtake Andre. Nalbandian even with a win in Basel would have to win Paris to overtake Andre! Its looking good for Agassi!!!!!!!!

Agassi Aces
10-28-2005, 05:26 PM
What I'm worried about most at Paris is that there is no Federer or Nadal to scare Davydenko, Coria or Nalbandian. The door is open for David to close down Andre's points. With a win in Basel and a loss in the Paris final he would be 2 points ahead of Andre. Will that end up being a decisive factor? Only time will tell!!!!!! If Davydenko and Nalbandian are drawn in the same quarter in Paris, Andre will qualify for China, as both need to reach SF to overtake Agassi!

joycomesmorning
10-28-2005, 06:25 PM
What I'm worried about most at Paris is that there is no Federer or Nadal to scare Davydenko, Coria or Nalbandian. The door is open for David to close down Andre's points. With a win in Basel and a loss in the Paris final he would be 2 points ahead of Andre. Will that end up being a decisive factor? Only time will tell!!!!!! If Davydenko and Nalbandian are drawn in the same quarter in Paris, Andre will qualify for China, as both need to reach SF to overtake Agassi!
Unless I'm goofy with my math, Nalbandian (who went into Basel with 322 points) has to get into the final of Basel and outright WIN Paris to get by Andre...He was 133 points back of Andre with only a total of 150 available...ALSO (and this might be why Tennis-X is reporting that AA has already qualified) do we know how many smaller tournaments that Nalbandian has played? Only best 5 count towards the Indesit points....Just a final in Paris is not going to put Nalbandian by Agassi even if he wins Basel....

And after losing in St Petersburg, they're showing Daveydenko at 405 points wich means he needs 51 points to get by Andre...that means that Daveydenko would have to play in the final with Naldbandian winning...anything less won't do it...and that's assuming that Coria wins a round or two in Paris.

Of course, all this might be academic...a lot of people are suggesting that Andre will not make the strip to Shanghai...he has done very poorly there on both occasions that he played in Shanghai previously...

We'll see.

jcm

Deejay
10-29-2005, 01:36 PM
The question should be IF andre qualifies for the cup will he bother turning up? It would be sad if he doesnt...has there been any news from andre as to whether he will be turning up if he qualifies???

djul
10-29-2005, 01:54 PM
Nalbadian just lost, and Safin has pulled out for the rest of the year,so Andre should be qualified,no?

joycomesmorning
10-29-2005, 02:52 PM
Nalbadian just lost, and Safin has pulled out for the rest of the year,so Andre should be qualified,no?
Andre's very qualified!! And now Lubijicic has a great chance of going along with Nalbandian...or Daveydenko....

jcm

Agassi Aces
10-29-2005, 03:19 PM
Baghdatis beat Nalbandian in Basel today 6-2 7-6!! That means that Veteran American Andre Agassi has now qualfied for Masters Cup Shanghai! It will be his third appearance in Shanghai where he holds a 0-3 win-loss record. Come on Andre!!!

Agassi Aces
11-01-2005, 11:02 AM
MASTERS CUP UPDATE:

In Paris today, Tomas Berdych beat Number Two Seed Guillermo Coria 6-4 6-2 in the second round. Coria still hasn't qualified for Shanghai and will not overtake Andre's fifth placed race position now during the week. Davydenko can with a Final performance in Paris. Hopefully Rusedski will beat him today!!!!

joycomesmorning
11-01-2005, 12:02 PM
MASTERS CUP UPDATE:

In Paris today, Tomas Berdych beat Number Two Seed Guillermo Coria 6-4 6-2 in the second round. Coria still hasn't qualified for Shanghai and will not overtake Andre's fifth placed race position now during the week. Davydenko can with a Final performance in Paris. Hopefully Rusedski will beat him today!!!!
I know I'm way ahead of myself here (we're not ABSOLUTELY sure that either Federer or Agassi will play in Shanghai, although it's looking more likely for both to play)...but how are the groupings decided...by being locked in the 5th seeding (unless, of course, Hewitt backs out), does that mean that AA is automatically in Federer's group (1, 3, 5, 7 seeds????) Is this how they do it??? Does anyone know?

jcm

Agassi Aces
11-01-2005, 12:19 PM
Davydenko beat Rusedski 6-2 6-2 so is gaining on Andre now with 15 more points. I'll check how the groups are decided.

Agassi Aces
11-01-2005, 12:24 PM
Last Year in Houston the Red Group consisted of seeds 1,3,5,8. Blue Group 2,4,6,7. The draw is not determined beforehand. Seeds 1 and 2 are grouped together and must not meet in Round Robin matches. The same is for Seeds 3 and 4, 5 and 6 and 7 and 8. So it will be a 50/50 chance whether Andre is drawn in Federer's group. Andre may have a chance anyway if Federer is not fully fit! The draw will take place next Wednesday before First Round matches on the Sunday. Agassi has confirmed he is playing Shanghai. On http://www.agassiopen.com he talks about how he is very much looking forward to returning to China and play in the new stadium there!!!!!

joycomesmorning
11-01-2005, 03:00 PM
Thank-you, Agassi Aces!!!

Very helpful info!!

jcm

Gigan
11-01-2005, 09:23 PM
I do not see Davydenko doing final in Paris.
Andre will remain on 5th place !

Good luck to Andre in Masters Cup!!
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Agassi Aces
11-01-2005, 09:45 PM
Davydenko has a fairly good draw in Paris. I saw his match against Greg Rusedski and he tore the British Number Two and former Paris winner apart. An absolutely breathtaking performance from Davydenko- the best I have seen him play since Roland Garros. A Final or a Win is certainly on for Nikolay in Paris and maybe even Shanghai.

doubleafan
11-02-2005, 09:07 AM
In Shanghai, Andre will tear him to pieces. Remember AO 205?

Agassi Aces
11-02-2005, 09:48 PM
Well Agassi and Davydenko's have met twice to date, which Andre has won fairly comfortably in straight sets!!!!!!!: both with tiebreaks:

2005 Dubai, Hard, Q U.A.E. Hard Q Agassi 6-4 7-6

2003 Montreal / Toronto, Hard, R32 Montreal, Canada
Hard R32 Agassi 7-6 6-2

Gigan
11-03-2005, 08:35 PM
Guillermo Coria has become the sixth qualifier for
the Masters Cup in Shanghai after Marat Safin was
forced to pull out of the November 13-20 tournament
because of a knee injury.
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Gigan
11-03-2005, 08:40 PM
It seems next (and last) two position will be taken
by Davydenko and Lubicic:

Fin. D. Tursunov 6 2 3
N. Davydenko 3 6 6

Fin. J. C. Ferrero 5 7 4
T. Berdych 7 6 6

Fin. N. Djokovic 4 3
T. Robredo 6 6

Fin. T.Johansson 3 6
I. Ljubicic 6 7

Fin. D. Ferrer 6 6 6
T. Haas 2 7 3

Fin. R. Stepanek 7 6
P-H.Mathieu 5 4

Fin. A. Roddick 6 6
D. Hrbaty 1 2

Fin G. Gaudio 6 6
R. Ginepri 4 1
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Agassi Aces
11-03-2005, 08:46 PM
Davydenko won today BUT is injured with shoulder problem. However, if he gets to Final of Paris will pass Agassi in race. Will have to beat Roddick first!

suus21
11-03-2005, 10:20 PM
he won't beat Andy!

Agassi Aces
11-04-2005, 05:06 PM
Stepanek beat Davydenko in Paris Quarters today. Therefore Andre will remain Fifth in Champions Race and will go up to fifth in Entry Rank going into Shanghai!

Gigan
11-04-2005, 07:03 PM
Stepanek beat Davydenko in Paris Quarters today. Therefore Andre will remain Fifth in Champions Race and will go up to fifth in Entry Rank going into Shanghai!

Yes, Andre remains 5-th withouth playing in
any tornaments after US Open!!!
Clever Andre!

Here are some fresh results:
Fin. R. Stepanek 7 6
N. Davydenko 5 4

Fin. T. Robredo 6 6 1
I. Ljubicic 7 3 6

http://www.atptennis.com/en/graphics/race_head.gif
1st Federer, R. 1245
2nd Nadal, R. 953
3rd Roddick, A. 597
4th Hewitt, L. 498
5th Agassi, A. 455
6th Coria, G. 438
7th DavydenkoN.418
8th Ljubicic, I. 371
9th Gaudio, G. 370
10th Safin, M. 346

Updated after Paris QFs
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Gigan
11-04-2005, 10:44 PM
Yes, Andre remains 5-th withouth playing in
any tornaments after US Open!!!
Clever Andre!

http://www.atptennis.com/en/graphics/race_head.gif
1st Federer, R. 1245
2nd Nadal, R. 953
3rd Roddick, A. 597
4th Hewitt, L. 498
5th Agassi, A. 455
6th Coria, G. 438
7th Davydenko N. 418
8th Ljubicic, I. 371
9th Gaudio, G. 370
10th Safin, M. 346

Updated after Paris QFs
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Gadio also lost today...

Fin. G. Gaudio 5 0
T. Berdych 7 6

That means only Lubicic is still active and can
modify little bit lower part of that table above...

Masters Cup: Names of 8 players are known???

1st Federer, R. 1245
2nd Nadal, R. 953
3rd Roddick, A. 617
4th Hewitt, L. 498
5th Agassi, A. 455
6th Coria, G. 438
7th Davydenko N. 418
8th Ljubicic, I. 391

Gigan
11-04-2005, 10:54 PM
Gadio also lost today...

Fin. G. Gaudio 5 0
T. Berdych 7 6

That means only Lubicic is still active and can
modify little bit lower part of that table above...

Masters Cup: Names of 8 players are known???

1st Federer, R. 1245
2nd Nadal, R. 953
3rd Roddick, A. 617
4th Hewitt, L. 498
5th Agassi, A. 455
6th Coria, G. 438
7th Davydenko N. 418
8th Ljubicic, I. 391

only two players from 8
are from same country:
Andre & Andy
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Gigan
11-08-2005, 03:19 PM
Hewitt Exits Masters ...

36 minutes ago
Hewitt Exits Masters to Await First Child
MELBOURNE, Australia - Two-time champion Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from the Masters Cup in Shanghai because of the pending birth of his first child and was replaced Tuesday by ninth-ranked Gaston Gaudio.


Hewitt's wife, Australian actress Rebecca Cartwright, is expected to give birth within the next two weeks. The Masters Cup begins on Sunday.

Hewitt won the eight-man tournament in 2001 in Sydney and in 2002 in Shanghai.

"I am extremely disappointed," Hewitt said in a statement. "With my baby due in the next two weeks, it is not possible for me to come."

Gaudio qualified for last year's Masters Cup after winning the
French Open. The Argentine has won five tournaments this year.

He joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria, Nikolay Davydenko and Ivan Ljubicic in the ATP's $4.45 million season finale.

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Gigan
11-08-2005, 03:22 PM
If somebody else will exit,
then my next guy David Nalbandian will be in... ;)

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Gigan
11-08-2005, 03:54 PM
SINGLES QUALIFIERS

Andre Agassi
At 35, Andre Agassi is the oldest player to qualify for the circuit-ending championships since Jimmy Connors did so at the same age in 1987. When Agassi takes the court in Shanghai, it will be his 13th appearance in the championships (he qualified in 1995, but withdrew due to injury), surpassing Ivan Lendl’s record of 12 appearances. All-time, Agassi is 22-19 in the event.
http://www.masters-cup.com/Global/Styles/TMC/photos/200x250/05_agassi1.jpg
Agassi last played Tennis Masters Cup in 2003 at Houston, where he finished runner-up to Roger Federer, one of three finalist finishes he’s had in the circuit-ending championships. He won the title in 1990, defeating Stefan Edberg in the final of the inaugural ATP World Championship in Frankfurt.

This summer in Los Angeles, Agassi won his 60th career title, giving him a title in 18 of the past 19 years and placing him seventh among Open Era title leaders. In 2005, he owns a record of 38-11, and has reached at least the quarterfinals in 10 of the 12 events he has played, including runs to the finals of the US Open and the Rogers Masters in Montreal.

TENNIS MASTERS CUP
Appearances: 4 (2000-03)
W-L record: 8-7
http: Agassi's bio
Agassi's 2005 activity



2005 REVIEW

The Las Vegas native finished in Top 10 for 16th time in his 20-year career and at 35 became oldest player in year-end Top 10 since Jimmy Connors (36) was No. 7 in 1988
Qualified for his fifth Tennis Masters Cup in six years and his consistent play included quarterfinals or better in 10 of 12 tournaments
Ranked in Top 10 every week except one (Feb. 14) when he slipped to No. 11
Captured his 60th career title and has won at least one ATP title in 18 of last 19 years (except 1997)
At 35 years, 4 months, advanced to US Open final to become oldest Grand Slam finalist since Ken Rosewall (39) at 1974 US Open
Played well on hard courts throughout year, compiling a 32-7 record and advancing to quarterfinals (or better) in all eight tournaments he played
Began season with a quarterfinal at Australian Open with wins over Dent (3rd RD) and J. Johansson (4th RD) despite 51 aces before losing to No. 1 Federer
Followed with quarterfinal in San Jose (l. to Melzer) and Dubai (l. to Federer)
In March, made his first Davis Cup appearance since 2000 and lost to Ljubicic in opening rubber
Then reached quarters at AMS Indian Wells and withdrew (vs. Hewitt)due to a toe injury
Followed with a semifinal showing in Miami (l. to Federer)
During clay court circuit, reached quarters in Houston (l. to Grosjean) and semis at AMS Rome with wins over Gasquet, Ljubicic, Hrbaty (l. to Coria)
Then lost in 1st RD in AMS Hamburg (l. to Lopez) and Roland Garros (l. to Nieminen in five sets)
After losing in Paris, missed two months of action due to a chronic back problem, a sciatic nerve injury, which also kept him out of Wimbledon
Returned July 26 in Los Angeles and lost only one set during week en route to his 60th career title (d. Muller)
Two weeks later in Montreal, advanced to his first Canadian final in 10 years as he dropped only one set in five matches before falling to No. 2 Nadal in three sets
In his 20th US Open appearance, made a memorable run to final with three consecutive five-set wins over Malisse (4th RD), Blake (QF) and Ginepri (SF) before falling in four sets to Federer
His 77 US Open match wins are second-most in tournament history behind Connors (98)
Did not play a match until arriving in Shanghai
One of two players (Federer) returning to Shanghai since last time Tennis Masters Cup was held there in 2002
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Gigan
11-08-2005, 03:58 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/images/A092_AS.jpg
Andre Agassi's career has been defined by his ability to make the impossible possible. Can he win Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai 15 years after he won his lone circuit finale title in 1990? Agassi's Masters Cup Profile

RANK PLAYER D.O.B. RACE PTS P.L.W. T.P. T.W. M.P. M.W. M.W.in% PRIZEMONEY
1st Federer, Roger 8/8/1981 1 1245 1 18 11 80 77 96.25 $5.317.018
2nd Nadal, Rafael 6/3/1986 2 953 2 24 11 89 79 88.76 $3.874.751
3rd Roddick, Andy 8/30/1982 3 617 3 20 5 73 59 80.82 $1.798.635
4th Hewitt, Lleyton 2/24/1981 4 498 4 17 1 46 37 80.43 $1.459.437
5th Agassi, Andre 4/29/1970 5 455 5 17 1 49 38 77.55 $1.584.596
6th Coria, Guillermo 1/13/1982 6 438 6 22 1 79 55 69.62 $1.195.726
7th Davydenko, Nikolay 6/2/1981 7 418 7 29 1 82 53 64.63 $1.178.299
8th Ljubicic, Ivan 3/19/1979 8 416 8 23 2 76 55 72.37 $1.281.474
9th Gaudio, Gaston 12/9/1978 9 370 10 24 5 72 53 73.61 $1.028.024
10th Safin, Marat 1/27/1980 10 346 8 16 1 38 27 71.05 $1.288.115
11th Nalbandian, David 1/1/1982 11 344 11 20 1 58 40 68.97 $873.486

will Nalbandian go as alternative player?
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Gigan
11-09-2005, 01:27 PM
If somebody else will exit,
then my next guy David Nalbandian will be in... ;)


"The place in the draw has been taken by Argentine world number 12 David Nalbandian. "(sorry for Roddick, i like this player :wavey: )


Coooool! Now both "my" guys are in!!!
Andre Agassi and David Nalbandian!

Common guys! Do it! Play well!

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suus21
11-09-2005, 02:01 PM
I think Andre is in the weaker group. That's good because he didn't play for a long time.

doubleafan
11-10-2005, 03:15 AM
Agassi will again make it to the Finals !!! It's a cake walk. But I think he will steam roll his opponents !!!

juanpablo18
11-10-2005, 01:21 PM
Agassi is not injured??
o a little injured?

Gigan
11-12-2005, 06:57 PM
Agassi vows to carry on playing

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41011000/jpg/_41011722_agassi_203.jpg

Agassi is the oldest player at the Masters Cup be eight years
Andre Agassi has put his retirement on hold for at least another year as he prepares to return to action at the Masters Cup in Shanghai on Monday.
Agassi last played in his US Open final defeat to Roger Federer in September and says that loss has inspired him to continue to challenge for titles.

"I want another chance, that's the way it is," said the 35-year-old American.

"It brings out my motivation to do things I don't even think I'm capable of doing."

Agassi will make his comeback against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko on Monday and is the oldest player by eight years at the season finale.

The third seed, whose lay-off has been tailored to get him fit for Shanghai, added: "I want to keep doing this so I have to choose my poison.

"Not playing is not always easy and it's not always a great decision in the short-term but my intention is to do this for another year."


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