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As previously reported Andre has already entered the if..Stockholm Open in Sweeden. Agassi has now confirmed he will be appearing at AMS Madrid and AMS Paris. According to the AMS Madrid webiste, Agassi has registered his commitment to play at the tournament for one last time. A tournament he won back in 2002 beating Jiri Novak:

Nadal will seek in Madrid a new duel against Federer

The ATP publishes the official list of participants for Madrid with the best tennis players of the world registrated: Federer, Nadal, Roddick, Agassi, Coria…

Among the Spaniards, besides Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya...

Madrid, 19th of September, 2005 – The spectacle is about to beginning. The ATP has announced today the registration of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Marat Safin, Mariano Puerta and all the best tennis players of the world in the fourth edition of the Masters Series Madrid, that will be celebrated from the 15th to the 23rd of October in the Madrid Arena of Casa de Campo and that will distribute more than 2.5 million Prizes. Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, and Feliciano López complete the list of the Spanish tennis players that have also got into directly in the main draw.

The season is coming to the end and there only remain three possibilities to the duel “Federer vs. Nadal”, the two best players of this season. The settings: Madrid, Paris or Shangai.

“We present the best list of participants that can be offered in a tournament of the tennis world by the fourth consecutive year. Roger Federer has proved this season to be the best N. 1. He has won 2 tournaments of the Grand Slam (Wimbledon and US Open), 4 Masters Series (Miami, Indian Wells, Hamburg, and Cincinnati), and has shown that can win on any surface. But Rafa Nadal is the only one who put in the shade to the Swiss and is being the sensation of the season. I am sure that in Madrid will give the best of himself before his spectators. Once more it is going to be an exceptional tournament with the possibility to see a new duel between Federer vs. Nadal”, said proudly Manolo Santana, Director of the Masters Series Madrid.

“I count on that once more the best of the world come. It is already known that we do not control the players injuries therefore we are working in the last details to offer the best possible organization”, adds Santana.

The biggest attractions will be with no doubt Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. The Swiss is at the present the number one of the world but Rafa is one of the few that this year has been able to win him. “Although the Green Set of Madrid is not the most suitable surface for Nadal, I believe that he looks forward to come to play very much so this could make him to be a candidate to the triumph”, comments Manolo. “Besides, to have again the presence of Roger Federer, who possibly is the best tennis player in the history of this sport, is a luxury that the fans should not lose”.
But the list does not begin and finish in these two names. Without no doubt, we must count with Roddick, Coria, Davydenko, Safin, Gaudio, Puerta, Nalbandian, and the Spaniards David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Robredo that still have possibilities to be classified for the Masters Cup that will be disputed in China in November.

After his impressive performance in New York, the presence of Agassi will be again a mystery. “The spectators of Madrid have shown several times the admiration that feel for Agassi; I expect that when he considers his plans for the rest of the season, he will keep in mind coming once more to play. It would be a great honour for us”, comments Santana. The other doubt is regarding in the Australian Lleyton Hewitt who will be father by the end of year but that if he decides to fight for a position in the Masters Cup he will need in a vital way a good result in Madrid.

Among the Spaniards, it should be included David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo who very possibly will leave as heads of series and with the extra motivation of arriving at Shangai. We will closely follow the results of Juan Carlos Ferrero during the next weeks to see if he manages to scale some positions more so he can be placed among the 16 first, what would make him not to play in the first round. Who it seems that will not have so much luck is Carlos Moya that does not carry a very positive season, but he has always been very confident playing in the Madrid Arena. The list of Spaniards in the final draw is closed by Feliciano López, who almost plays at home.

Tickets still remain for the week; but they are sold out for the final weekend
Fans have still a good opportunity to assure seats for the week sessions. The success of the sale of tickets was shown when five days ago the notice of “tickets are sold out” for the semi-finals and final was hung. “We are really impressed. First the court boxes were sold out in April, and now having more than six weeks for the beginning of the tournament, do not remain any tickets for the final weekend. Furthermore, what is more important is that the fans still have a lot of possibilities to see tennis during the week and still there are tickets for all the sessions from Monday to Friday”, said Manolo Santana

Tickets can be purchased through the tournament official web page (, calling at 902-1-TENIS (902-1-83647) or personally in the offices of the tournament in the Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM. The tickets are also for sale in the Halcón Viajes offices.

About Masters Series Madrid and the ATP Masters Series
The Masters Series Madrid is part of the select elite of the ATP Masters Series, the nine most prestigious tournaments of the tennis male professional circuit that each season are celebrated. The Series starts each spring in Indian Wells (California) and along the year visits Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati, Madrid and Paris, culminating in Shangai with the Masters Cup of Tennis where the 8 best players of the season are given appointment.
The Masters Series Madrid counts with the support of the Ayuntamiento of Madrid besides of Mercedes Benz, NH Hoteles, Air Europa, Rolex, Ricoh, Lacoste, Indesit, ISS, Hugo Boss, Quijote, Adecco, Schweppes, Mahou, Penn and Waterford Cristal. To the list of the Masters Series Madrid Family some Spanish companies are added: Telefónica, Prosegur y Master Cadena, and in an international level Rolex and Ricoh.

The link to this article on the AMS Madrid website is:

AMS Madrid is played on Indoor Hard Court from 15th to 23rd October 2005.

And Andre has every intention of arriving in Paris, the scene of triumphs over Marc Rosset in 1994 and Marat Safin in 1999. Paris is played from 29th October to 6th November 2005 played on Indoor Carpet. Andre has skipped the last two years due to injury. He lost to Carlos Moya in the 2002 Quarter Finals 6-4 6-4 in a tense, heated battle. The race to Shanghai heats up and Andre is in the thick of things!

Link to AMS Paris Website:


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These tournaments are covered by Star Sports in India. Actually we get all of the big tournaments covered in India either by Star or Ten Sports for a fraction of the money.
That way we are really lucky.

BTW , I saw Pete Sampras's bio yesterday for the second time on History Channel.

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Andre's coach Darren Cahill was on Sky Sports News on Thursday. He said Andre's current plans are to play Madrid, Paris and Shanghai. He will definately fly so Madrid and assess his fitness from there. If he pulls out it WILL be at the last minute.

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Andre's main priority between now and the end of the year will be to get to the Masters Cup in Shanghai. A QF, SF, F or W in Madrid would do it for Andre so he could skip Paris and rest until China. I think there is great hope in Shanghai for Agassi. He has a pretty good record against the current top 8 players. His record against the top 8 players:
1. Federer (2005 US Open F Lost)
2. Nadal (2005 Rogers Cup F Lost)
3. Roddick (2004 Cincinnatti SF Won)
4. Hewitt (2004 Cincinnatti F Won)
6. Davydenko (2005 Dubai QF Won)
7. Coria (2005 Rome SF Lost)
8. Safin (2004 Madrid SF Lost)

Although Andre has lost some last meetings, on an outdoor hard court, only Federer in my mind could beat him!

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That's a nice news. :D But I think he should skip playing in Paris. :)

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Yes, Agassi will not play in Madrid, but there are some interesting "issues" related to Andre in this review (see below)
complete article here:

Men's Preview: Week of October 17 (Exclusive)
Men's Look Forward: Madrid

This tournament has a short history; this is only the fourth incarnation. But it's managed to produce a fair number of surprises even so. The first winner was Andre Agassi, who hadn't won an indoor hardcourt title in four years when he won it in 2002 (and who won't be winning it this year, since he too is out).


The Rankings

It's going to be a pretty quiet week at the top.

The law that seems to say that Roger Federer cannot play this event, for once, helps him; he has nothing to defend this week, and so he will keep, at worst, about a 2000 point lead on Rafael Nadal.

With Lleyton Hewitt not playing, Andy Roddick is guaranteed the #3 spot. The only question is, How much of a margin can he build up? A good result here would just about clinch the year-end #3, and possibly even give him an outside shot at Nadal's #2 spot -- if he wins here and Paris and the Masters Cup.

Because Marat Safin isn't defending, he will end up at #5, behind #4 Hewitt. Andre Agassi, who continues to struggle with sciatica, will also lose semifinalist points, but he still has a big lead over Coria and Davydenko, neither of whom seems likely to be a threat here anyway. Odds are that Agasssi will be at #6 and the other two will end up at #7 and #8, though their order is not at all clear.

The low end of the Top Ten will see much more of a contest. David Nalbandian comes in at #9 -- but he also has finalist points to defend. Take those away and he's down around #12, not much ahead of Radek Stepanek. But the guys above him are Puerta and Gaudio, who dislike the surface, and Gasquet, who isn't playing. Nalbandian might be able to stay Top Ten with a semifinal.

Ivan Ljubicic isn't far from the Top Ten, but he was the other semifinalist last year, so he may have his work cut out to stay Top 15.

Quarterfinalists last year were Tommy Robredo (who could end up around #25 with a bad result), Taylor Dent (who could end up well below #30), Joachim Johansson (who of course isn't playing), and Luis Horna, who didn't even earn direct entry and now is likely to fall even lower.

If we look at the Race, Federer, Nadal, and Roddick are set for Shanghai. Hewitt still looks safe, too. Safin will be wildcarded though he probably couldn't qualify directly even if he manages to play Paris. Agassi is probably set in practice even though we probably won't see him in action this fall. Below that, the situation remains interesting because the next few guys -- Coria, Davydenko, Gaudio, Puerta, Ferrer -- all like clay. Gasquet is out; that leaves Ljubicic and Ancic and Nalbandian as the closest things to threats -- but they're all well off the pace. Odds are that a couple of the clay guys will end up playing Shanghai. This may well settle which ones, since the courts at Paris are even faster. But at this point it's rather speculative. Coria is currently the highest in the Race, but Davydenko, who is next, is probably a little happier indoors.

:wavey:Andre Agassi forever :wavey:
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