Great thread !
Only two things to add about the draw "dropping-off last year's points" :
- I guess that Nadal will be able to count his Davis Cup points (150 points at the moment) after Rotterdam (from the 15th of february and all later weeks) : at this moment, he will have only played 3 ATP500 tournaments in the last 52 weeks, and the rule ( Rankings FAQ
) should let him count his Davis Cup points as they are better than his lower ATP250 result (which is 0 actually as he has only played one ATP250 tournament)
- Davydenko will have at least
90 points more from the 19th of april : his 90 points from Beijing last year will replace his result from Monte-Carlo ... but he will probably get more either in Monte-Carlo, or in Rotterdam or in Dubai.