Playing to seeds in Masters Series events  2012 Rome
I've compiled a similar 'playing to their seeds' list for all 'Masters Series' tournaments since 1990.
For this, I assume in an 'ideal' QF, for example, seeds 18 would all be playing. Indian Wells Miami Monte Carlo Madrid O/Hamburg Rome Canada Cincinnati Shanghai/Madrid I/Stuttgart/Essen/Stockholm Paris IW MIA MC MADO/HAM ROM CAN CIN SHA/MADI/STU/ESS/STO PAR Most: 2  23 times (6 MADO/HAM, 4 MC, 3 ROM, 2 IW, 2 MIA, 2 CAN, 2 SHA/MADI/STU/ESS/STO, 1 CIN, 1 PAR) This has happened at each of the 9 tournaments, though not necessarily at every site (never happened at Stuttgart, Essen or Madrid Indoors) Least: 0  105 times (1 MADO/HAM, 14 CAN, 14 PAR, 13 ROM, 11 MIA, 11 SHA/MADI/STU/ESS/STO, 10 IW, 10 MC, 10 CIN) Between 1993 and 2003, no top 2 seed made the Hamburg final. Semifinals (ideal: #1, #2, #3, #4) Most: 4  3 times (2 CIN, 1 MC) 1999 CIN (#1 Sampras  #2 Rafter  #3 Agassi, #4 Kafelnikov) 2008 MC (#2 Nadal  #1 Federer  #3 Djokovic, #4 Davydenko) 2009 CIN (#1 Federer  #4 Djokovic  #2 Nadal, #3 Murray) 2010 CAN (#4 Murray  #3 Federer  #1 Nadal, #2 Djokovic) Best at other tournaments Indian Wells Best  3  6 Times 1995 IW (#1 Sampras  #2 Agassi  #3 Becker, #11 Edberg) 2005 IW (#1 Federer  #2 Hewitt  #3 Roddick, #14 Canas) 2008 IW (#3 Djokovic  Fish  #1 Federer, #2 Nadal) 2009 IW (#1 Nadal  #4 Murray #2 Federer, #7 Roddick) 2011 IW (#3 Djokovic  #1 Nadal  del Potro, #2 Federer) 2012 IW (#3 Federer  #11 Isner  #1 Djokovic, #2 Nadal) Miami Best  3  3 Times 2009 MIA (#4 Murray  #3 Djokovic  #2 Federer, #6 del Potro) 2011 MIA (#2 Djokovic  #1 Nadal  #3 Federer, #14 Fish) 2012 MIA (#1 Djokovic  #4 Murray  #21 Monaco, #2 Nadal) Madrid Outdoor/Hamburg Best  3  3 Times 1992 HAM (#1 Edberg  #3 Stich  #2 Becker, Costa) 2008 HAM (#2 Nadal  #1 Federer  #3 Djokovic, Seppi) 2009 MADO (#2 Federer  #1 Nadal  #3 Djokovic, #5 del Potro) 2011 MADO (#2 Djokovic  #1 Nadal  #3 Federer, Bellucci) Rome Best  3  5 Times 1992 ROM (#2 Courier  #4 Ivanisevic  #1 Sampras, #6 Chang) 2006 ROM (#2 Nadal  #1 Federer  #4 Nalbandian, Monfils) 2009 ROM (#1 Nadal  #3 Djokovic  #2 Federer, #12 Gonzalez) 2011 ROM (#2 Djokovic  #1 Nadal  #4 Murray, #16 Gasquet) 2012 ROM (#2 Nadal  #1 Djokovic  #3 Federer, #6 Ferrer) Shanghai/Madrid I/Stuttgart/Essen/Stockholm Best  3  5 Times 1990 STO (#2 Becker  #1 Edberg  #4 Sampras, Volkov) 1991 STO (#2 Becker  #1 Edberg  #3 Courier, Krickstein) 1992 STO (#4 Ivanisevic  #8 Forget  #2 Edberg, #3 Sampras) 2004 MADI (#3 Safin  #4 Nalbandian  #2 Agassi, Ljubicic) 2008 MADI (#4 Murray  Simon  #1 Nadal, #2 Federer) 2010 SHA (#4 Murray  #3 Federer  Monaco, #2 Djokovic) Paris Best  2  5 Times 1990 PAR (#1 Edberg  #2 Becker  #14 Svensson, Bruguera) 1995 PAR (#1 Sampras  #3 Becker  #6 Courier, #9 Ferreira) 2000 PAR (#2 Safin  #13 Philippoussis  #1 Kuerten, #12 Ferrero) 2002 PAR (#3 Safin  #1 Hewitt  #10 Moya, Srichaphan) 2009 PAR (#3 Djokovic  #15 Monfils  #2 Nadal, #13 Stepanek) 2010 PAR (#4 Soderling  #12 Monfils  #1 Federer, Llodra) Least: 0  34 times (7 MC, 7 MADO/HAM, 5 ROM, 4 PAR, 3 IW, 3 CAN, 2 MIA, 2 CIN, 1 SHA/MADI/STU/ESS/STO) Quarterfinals (ideal: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8) Most: 8  1 time (1 CAN) 2009 CAN (#3 Murray  #6 del Potro  #3 Roddick, #7 Tsonga  #1 Federer, #2 Nadal, #4 Djokovic, #8 Davydenko) Indian Wells Best  6  1 time 2009 IW #1 Nadal  #4 Murray  #2 Federer, #7 Roddick  #3 Djokovic, #6 Del Potro, #10 Verdasco, Ljubicic) Miami Best  7  1 time 2009 MIA #4 Murray  #3 Djokovic  #2 Federer, #6 del Potro  #1 Nadal, #5 Roddick, #8 Verdasco, #10 Tsonga) Monte Carlo Best  6  3 times 2002 MC #2 Ferrero  Moya  #4 Henman, #7 Grosjean  #5 Haas, #6 Safin, #8 Johansson, Costa) 2006 MC #2 Nadal  #1 Federer  #7 Gaudio, #12 Gonzalez  #4 Ljubicic, #6 Coria, #8 Ferrer, #15 Robredo) 2008 MC #2 Nadal  #1 Federer  #3 Djokovic, #4 Davydenko  #5 Ferrer, #6 Nalbandian, Querrey, Andreev) Madrid Outdoor/Hamburg Best  7  1 times 2009 MADO #2 Federer  #1 Nadal  #3 Djokovic, #5 Del Potro  #4 Murray, #6 Roddick, #7 Verdasco, Ljubicic) Rome Best  6  2 times 1993 ROM #2 Courier  #4 Ivanisevic  #1 Sampras, #6 Chang  #5 Filippini, #7 Bruguera, PerezRoldan, Chesnokov) 2012 ROM #2 Nadal  #1 Djokovic  #3 Federer, #6 Ferrer  #5 Tsonga, #7 Berdych, #16 Gasquet, Seppi) Cincinnati Best  7  1 times 1999 CIN #1 Sampras  #2 Rafter  #3 Agassi, #4 Kafelnikov  #5 Henman, #6 Kuerten, #7 Krajicek, Chang) 2011 CIN #4 Murray  #1 Djokovic  #6 Berdych, #7 Fish  #2 Nadal, #3 Federer, #6 Monfils, #10 Simon) Shanghai/Madrid I/Stuttgart/Essen/Stockholm Best  5  4 Times 1992 STO (#4 Ivanisevic  #8 Forget  #2 Edberg, #3 Sampras  #5 Korda, #11 Becker, #16 Holm, Boetsch) 1994 STO (#6 Becker  #2 Ivanisevic  #1 Sampras, #11 Kafelnikov  #3 Stich, #4 Bruguera, #9 Agassi, Larsson) 1999 STU (#13 Enqvist  #8 Krajicek  #1 Agassi, #5 Rusedski  #3 Martin, #6 Rios, Zabaleta, Pavel) 2004 MADI (#3 Safin  #4 Nalbandian  #2 Agassi, Ljubicic  #7 Johansson, #8 Robredo, Dent, Horna) Paris Best  6  1 Time 2011 PAR (#3 Federer  #6 Tsonga  #5 Berdych, Isner  #1 Djokovic, #2 Murray, #4 Ferrer, Monaco) Least: 1  13 times (3 MC, 3 MADO/HAM, 2 ROM, 2 CAN, 1 SHA/MADI/STU/ESS/STO, 2 PAR) 1991 HAM (#13 Novacek  Gustafsson  #9 Stich, Prpic  #4 Ivanisevic, Edberg, Koevermans, Noah) 1991 ROM (#9 Sanchez  Mancini  Prpic, #5 Bruguera  #11 Chersakov, Fromberg, Santoro, de La Pena) 1992 MC (Muster  #16 Krickstein  Prpic, Boetsch  #3 Stich, Chesnokov, Tillstrom, Steeb) 1996 MC (#1 Muster  #16 Costa  #13 Rios, Pioline  Schalken, Costa, Gustafsson, Mantilla) 1996 PAR (#12 Enqvist  #4 Kafelnikov  Gustafsson, Korda  Rosset, Edberg, Haarhuis, Boetsch) 1997 STU (#15 Korda  #16 Krajicek  #3 Rafter, #13 Bjorkman  #9 Rios, Larsson, Kiefer, Martin) 1999 PAR (#1 Agassi  Safin  #11 Lapentti, Chang  #13 Haas, #15 Puoline, Philippoussis, Courier) 2000 MC (#8 Pioline  Hrbaty  Gaudio, Alami  #9 Corretja, #12 Costa, Ferrero, Kucera) 2001 CAN (Pavel  #9 Rafter  Haas, Santoro  #4 Ferrero, #10 Clement, Roddick, Ulihrach) 2002 ROM (#9 Agassi  #7 Haas  #13 Roddick, #14 Novak  Moya, Robredo, Blake, Costa) 2003 HAM (#12 Coria  Calleri  #8 Nalbandian, Gaudio  #15 Gonzalez, Ferreira, Philippoussis, Rochus) 2005 HAM (#1 Federer  Gasquet  #15 Davydenko, Rochus  #10 Coria, Volandri, Chela, Seppi) 2006 CAN (#1 Federer  Gasquet  #13 Berdych, #14 Nieminen, Acasuso, Malisse) Indian Wells Least  2  4 times 1992 IW (#12 Chang  Chesnokov  #3 Stich, Clavet  #7 Sancez, #11 Bruguera, #16 Hlasek, Chersakov) 1997 IW (#3 Chang  Ulihrach  #2 Muster, Bjorkman  #14 Berasategui, Black, Pioline, Pilippoussis) 2002 IW (#1 Hewitt  #9 Henman  #10 Sampras, Martin  #2 Kafelnikov, Enqvist, Schuettler, Gaudio) 2003 IW (#1 Hewitt  Kuerten  #15 Schuettler, Spadea  #6 Roddick, Gineri, Vahaly, Blake) Miami Least  2  5 times 1991 MIA (#13 Courier  Wheaton  #1 Edberg, #24 Reneberg  #7 Sanchez, #17 Rosset, #22 Rostagno, #28 Caratti) 1998 MIA (#3 Rios  #29 Agassi  #8 Corretja, #18 Henman  #10 Kuerten, #22 Enqvist, Campbell, Tarango) 1999 MIA (#7 Krajicek  Grosjean  #14 Enqvist, #20 Clavet  #2 Sampras, #27 Kiefer, #28 Golmard, Hrbaty) 2002 MIA (#9 Agassi  #12 Federer  #1 Hewitt, #31 Rios  #6 Safin, #20 Lapentti, #26 Pavel, Chela) 2005 MIA (#1 Federer  #29 Nadal  #9 Agassi, Ferrer  #6 Henman, #5 Johansson, #26 Hrbaty, #31 Dent) Cincinnati Least  2  3 times 2000 CIN (#7 Enqvist  #15 Henman  #4 Kuerten, Clement  #13 Squillari, Vicente, Martin, Santoro) 2004 CIN (#11 Agassi  #10 Hewitt  #2 Roddick, Robredo  #4 Moya, #14 Safin, Santoro, Haas) 2007 CIN (#1 Federer  #9 Blake  #5 Davydenko, Hewitt  Almagro, Moya, Ferrer, Querrey) Round of 16 (ideal: #1#16) Most: 14  2 times (1 MADO/HAM1 PAR) 2009 PAR (#3 Djokovic  #15 Monfils  #2 Nadal, #13 Stepanek  #5 Del Potro, #8 Tsonga, #9 Soderling, #12 Cilic  #4 Murray, #6 Davydenko, #7 Verdasco, #10 Gonzalez, #11 Simon, #14 Robredo, Benneteau, Clement) 2012 MADO (#3 Federer  #6 Berdych  #7 Tipsarevic, #10 Del Potro  #1 Djokovic, #5 Ferrer, #15 Verdasco, #16 Dolgopolov  #2 Nadal, #4 Tsonga, #9 Simon, #11 Almagro, #12 Monfils, #14 Gasquet, Wawrinka, Cilic) Indian Wells Most  12  2 times 1992 IW #12 Chang  Chesnokov  #3 Stich, Clavet  #7 Sanchez, #11 Bruguera, Cherkasov, #16 Hlasek  #1 Courier, #10 Agassi, #14 Rostagno, #6 Korda, Krajicek, #13 Gustafsson, #8 Novacek, #2 Sampras) 1995 IW #1 Sampras  #2 Agassi  #11 Edberg, #3 Becker  #8 Martin, #14 Muster, #12 Larsson, #7 Ferreira  #15 Rafter, Wheaton, #4 Chang, #5 Berasategui, #6 Stich, Rios, Costa, Enqvist) Miami Best  12  2 times 2009 MIA #4 Murray  #3 Djokovic  #2 Federer, #6 del Potro  #1 Nadal, #5 Roddick, #8 Verdasco, #10 Tsonga  #16 Wawrinka, #11 Ferrer, Troicki, #18 Stepanek, Simon, #21 Berdych, #9 Monfils, Dent) 2010 MIA #6 Roddick  #16 Berdych  #5 Soderling, #4 Nadal  #10 Verdasco, #13 Youzhny, #8 Tsonga, #33 Almagro  #1 Federer, #7 Cilic, Fish, #9 Gonzalez, #12 Ferrero, #15 Ferrer, Becker, #27 Bellucci) Monte Carlo Best  12  1 time 2011 MC #1 Nadal  #4 Ferrer  #3 Murray, #7 Melzer  Ljubicic, Gil, #11 Troicki, #2 Federer  #13 Gasquet, #5 Berdych, #16 Simon, #8 Monfils, Robredo, Raonic, #almagro, #15 Cilic) Madrid Outdoor/Hamburg Best  12  1 time 2009 MADO #2 Federer  #1 Nadal  #3 Djokovic, #5 Del Potro  #4 Murray, #6 Roddick, #7 Verdasco, Ljubicic  Kohlschreiber, Monaco, Seppi, #8 Simon, #11 Wawrinka, #16 Robredo, #10 Davydenko, #14 Blake) Rome Best  12  2 times 1990 ROM #10 Muster  #8 Chesnokov  #4 Sanchez, #3 Gomez  #16 Mancini, #12 PerezRoldan, Camporese, Forget  #1 Gilbert, #9 Courier, #13 Svensson, #6 Jaite, Haarhuis, #14 Gustafsson, Gunnarsson, #2 Krickstein) 2012 ROM #2 Nadal  #1 Djokovic  #3 Federer, #6 Ferrer  #5 Tsonga, #7 Berdych, #16 Gasquet, Seppi  #4 Murray, #10 Del Potro, #11 Simon, #12 Almagro, #14 Monaco, Ferrero, Wawrinka, Granollers) Canada Best  11  5 times 1993 CAN (Pernfors  #13 Martin  Reneberg, #6 Korda  Steven, #11 Agassi, #4 Lendl, #8 Volkov  #1 Sampras, #9 Ferreira, #3 Becker, #5 Chang, #12 Holm, Krickstein, Hlasek, #2 Courier) 1994 CAN (#8 Agassi  Stoltenberg  #6 Ferreira, #4 Courier  #1 Bruguera, #14 Washington, Enqvist, #15 Reneberg  #16 Braasch, Wheaton, #3 Chang, #12 Lendl, #11 Yzaga, Adams, #7 Rosset, Mansdorf) 1995 CAN (#1 Agassi  #2 Sampras  Wilander, #12 Enqvist  Washington, #4 Kafelnikov, #3 Chang, #7 Stich  Vacek, #9 Bruguera, Steven, #6 Ferreira, #5 Ivanisevic, #13 Martin, #10 Courier, Hadad) 1997 CAN (Pernfors  #13 Martin  Reneberg, #6 Korda  Steven, #11 Agassi, #4 Lendl, #8 Volkov  #1 Sampras, #9 Ferreira, #3 Becker, #5 Chang, #12 Holm, Krickstein, Hlasek, #2 Courier) 2009 CAN (#3 Murray  #6 Del Potro  #7 Tsonga, #5 Roddick  #1 Federer, #8 Davydenko, #4 Djokovic, #2 Nadal  Wawrinka, #9 Simon, Ferrero, #11 Gonzalez, #10 Verdasco, Youzhny, Hanescu, Petzschner) Cincinnati Best  12  2 times 1990 CIN (#1 Edberg  #4 Gilbert  #3 Gomez, Davis  #7 Chang, #11 Courier, Hlasek, #15 Fromberg  Sznajder, #10 Sampras, Cahill, #6 Berger, #5 Krickstein, #13 Forget, #8 McEnroe, #2 Agassi) 1991 CIN (#6 Forget  #7 Sampras  #1 Becker, #4 Courier  #10 Cherkasov, #14 Rostagno, #12 Gilbert, #2 Edberg  Washington, #8 Wheaton, #3 Lendl, Pozzi, #5 Agassi, #13 Chang, Ferreira, Mansdorf) Shanghai/Madrid I/Stuttgart/Essen/Stockholm Best  13  2 Times 1991 STO (#2 Becker  #1 Edberg  Krickstein, #3 Courier  Reneberg, #12 Ivanisevic, #11 Korda, #7 Sampras  #16 Gilbert, #9 Novacek, #14 Hlasek, #6 Forget, #5 Lendl, #13 Rostagno, Engel, #15 Prpic) 2005 MADI (#1 Nadal  #8 Ljubicic  #16 Ginepri, #5 Nalbandian  #10 Stepanek, #11 Ferrer, #15 Gonzalez, Karlovic  #13 Robredo, Acasuso, #3 Davydenko, #6 Puerta, Rochus, #4 Coria, #9 Johansson, #14 Hrbaty) Least: 3  2 times (1 MC, 1 CIN) 2000 MC (#8 Pioline  Hrbaty  Gaudio, Alami  #9 Corretja, #12 Costa, Ferrero, Kucera  Clement, Chela, Squillari, Boutter, Krajicek, Ruud, Dosedel, Schalken) 2003 CIN (#7 Roddick  Fish  #8 Schuettler, Mirnyi  #6 Coria, Zabaleta, Nalbandian, Ginepri  Arazi, Youzhny, Saretta, Blake, Clement, Chela, Martin, Gaudio) Indian Wells Least  5  2 times 1997 IW #3 Chang  Ulihrach  Bjorkman, #2 Muster Black, #14 Berasategui, Pioline, Philippoussis  Clavet, Kuerten, Stark, Woodruff, Larsson, #13 Rosset, #8 Moya, Dosedel) 1998 IW #7 Rios  #6 Rusedski  Muster, Gambill  Medvedev, Enqvist, Agassi, #2 Korda  #1 Sampras, Lapentti, Ulihrach, Moya, Courier, #3 Rafter, Kiefer, Haas) Miami Least  4  2 times 1992 MIA #6 Chang  #20 Mancini  #1 Courier, #17 Hlasek  Nargiso, #4 Sampras, #22 Krajicek, #26 Cherkasov  Steeb, Stark, Masur, Zoecke, #28 McEnroe, #3 Becker, Pioline, Weiss) 1997 MIA #2 Muster  #30 Bruguera  #1 Sampras, #22 Courier  Dreekmann, Medvedev, #4 Ivanisevic, #25 Bjorkman  Larsson, Tillstrom, Etlis, Kutli, #5 Krajicek, Hrbaty, #24 Philippoussis, #18 Corretja) Madrid Outdoor/Hamburg Least  4  1 time 2001 HAM Portas  #8 Ferrero  Costa, #7 Hewitt  Johansson, Santoro, Martin, Squillari  #14 Gambill, Lapentti, Kiefer, Escude, #12 Grosjean, Arazi, Ilie, Gaudio) Rome Least  4  1 time 1991 ROM #9 Sanchez  Mancini  Prpic, #5 Bruguera  Fromberg, #11 Cherkasov, Santoro, De La Pena  Caratti, Ferreira, Muster, #6 Courier, Miniussi, Leconte, Koevermans, Jelen) Canada Least  5  3 times 2001 CAN (Pavel  #9 Rafter  Haas, Santoro  Roddick, #10 Clement, #4 Ferrero, Ulihrach  #1 Kuerten, Arazi, Gomard, Martin, Martin, #16 Gambill, Costa, Escude) 2004 CAN (#1 Federer  #2 Roddick  Johansson, Kiefer  Santoro, Johansson, Melzer, Hernych  Mirnyi, #9 Hewitt, Horna, Saulnier, Gonzalez, #4 Moya, Kuerten, #16 Chela) Shanghai/Madrid I/Stuttgart/Essen/Stockholm Least  5  1 time 2007 MADI (Nalbandian  #1 Federer  Kiefer, #3 Djokovic  Lopez, #5 Gonzalez, Ancic, #2 Nadal  #13 Canas, Koubek, Karlovic, Monaco, Mathieu, Ferrero, Del Potro, Murray) Paris Least  6  1 time 1999 PAR (#1 Agassi  Safin  #11 Lapentti, Chang  Philippoussis, #13 Haas, Courier, #15 Pioline  Schalken, #10 Henman, #3 Sampras, Costa, Rosset, Enqvist, Van Lottum, Hewitt) Plaese let me know if there are any errors or things missing :wavey: 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
A new Masters Series record was set, as 14 of 16 top16 seeds made the third round in Paris. Obviously, this is helped by it being a 48man draw, but it's still a new record.
Paris was the 98th MS tournament, and 12th Paris tournament to not have a top 2 seed in the final. The event also equaled the Paris high of 2 top4 semifinalists. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
:eek: Great data :worship:

Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
'10 Indian Wells was the 99th Masters Series final that did not have a top 2 seed in it; the 10th such at Indian Wells, moving it into a tie for 4th. This, of course, sets up a big milestone chance in Miami.
Otherwise, pretty dull; 1 of top 4 into the semis is common, 4 of top 8 into quarters is pedestrian, and 7 of the top 16 in the round of 17 is nothing special. It is worth noting that Ljubicic is the first doubledigit seed to win a TMS event since Tsonga at '08 Paris, and the lowest seeded player since unseeded Nalbandian won Paris '07. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick took part in a small piece of history; the Miami final was the 100th to feature neither top 2 seed.
Other than that, no change in the records. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Rome featured the 101st final without a top 2 seed in it, the 13th such Rome final.
One event record was equalled in Monte Carlo, where 11 of the top 16 making it to the round of 16 shares the top spot. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Madrid had the 18th #1 v. #2 final in Masters Series history and the 5th such final at Madrid Outdoors/Hamburg, an event record. Other than that, no changes.

Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Thanks for this :worship:

Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
This is the third straight year that all four top seeds made the semifinals of a tournament; and the first time for such an occurrence in Canada.
Canada moved to the top spot in the number of finals without a top 2 seed, while the total number of such finals rose to 103. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Cool stats!

Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
Both Shanghai and Paris had no top 2 seed in the final, meaning there have now been 105 such finals. This was the 11th for the Shanghai event, and the 13th for Paris.
Both events saw a tie for their respective records for top 4 players in the semis; Shanghai with 3 (a new high for the site, though not for the event), and Paris with 2. That's it for the changes in the last two events of 2010. Here's looking forward to Miami 2011 :yeah: 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events
The Miami final was the 19th #1 v. #2 final, and just the 2nd in Miami history (Agassi v. Sampras '95).
Both of the spring US events saw three of the top four (in both cases the top 3) advance to the semifinals, tying the tournament best in each case. Indian Wells has now had three of the top four andvance in three of the past four years. Otherwise, no changes. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events  Miami 2011
This week was a new alltime high for seeds advancing to the round of 16 in Monte Carlo, surpassing a fourway tie between '98, '06, '08 and '10.

Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events  Monte Carlo 2011
Eventually got around to updating these:
Madrid and Rome were the 20th and 21st #1 v. #2 finals in TMS events, and mark the second and third such finals this season. Only one previous year, 1995, has had three 1 v. 2 finals, so if any of the remaining events yields one this year, we will have a new record (those three, like this year, were all between the same players, in that case, Agassi v. Sampras) Both Madrid and Rome tied the tournament record for top 4 seeds in the semis, with three of the top 4. In fact, evey single TMS tournament this season has had 3 of the top 4. This is really a sign of the dominance at the top of the game: before 2008, there had been just 14 tournaments with at least 3 top 4 seeds in the semis. Since the start of 2008, there have been 17. One more such occurrence this year will tie 2009 with 6. 
Re: Playing to seeds in Masters Series events  Rome 2011
7 out of 8 top seeds in the QFs tied the Cincinnati event record, set in '99. Otherwise, no changes.

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