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since his shocking Australian Open win, he has only gone downhill. such lacklusters results, especially in the big events. right now he stands at only #11 in the Champions' Race, practically all of his points coming from the AO. and unless he can turn around this incredible slump, he might not qualify for Shanghai.

question: must Thomas stay in the Champions' Race Top 20 or the Entry System Top 20 to make it in? it's a big difference! i think he's still in the Entry System Top 10...

i just really DON'T want to see Johansson in Shanghai this year. he doesn't deserve to be there with players like Hewitt, Safin, and Agassi!
 

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yeah, i think he's had a knee injury.
 

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Doesn't he get a wildcard anyway? i thought all GS Winners automatically get into Shanghai(Like Goran Last year)
 

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i think you have to stay in the Top 20 of the Entry System to qualify! the only way he doesn't make it in is if he falls out of the Top 20 by the Masters Cup in November.

last year Goran was ranked high enough to get in automatically!
 

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If Johansson isn't careful and get some points between now and the end of the year, his ranking could be in real trouble if he goes out early in the Australian Open next year. It would be a sort of similar scenario as Arnaud Clement, had a fantastic Aussie Open last year, then didn't do much else for the rest of the year, and that's why his ranking and confidence is struggling just now.
 

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Martin I thought of Clement whe I read that first little bit that you wrote :) Then of course you brought him up ;)

Thomas is better than he performs, he almost always has been if you give or take a few tournaments where he performed up to his level.

I'm not sure how I feel about slam winners practically getting auto enterance, but then again if slams are the biggest tournies it would make sense that all 4 winners should be there.
 

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i just really DON'T want to see Johansson in Shanghai this year. he doesn't deserve to be there with players like Hewitt, Safin, and Agassi!
If I had to choose someone to not go to Shanghai, it would be Albert Costa. He plays horribly on hard courts.

Now is that fair?

I think Thomas should be able to go if he's eligible. The Australian Open was incredible this year, and he has been struggling with a knee injury lately.
 

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He will only qualify for the Masters Cup if
Albert Costa finishes in the Top 7 of the Champions Race

otherwise the higher of the two will get the WC

not all SLAM winners get in ( but most do end up in the Top 7)
 

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Thomas Johansson is an excellent player with an incredible serve! (the guy is only 1.80).
He won b2b titles last year ON GRASS! Who else does this? & dont Pete me! :p
 

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Leo7 said:
i just really DON'T want to see Johansson in Shanghai this year. he doesn't deserve to be there with players like Hewitt, Safin, and Agassi!
Ahem, Safin hasn't even won a title this year, so how can he deserve to be there instead of a GS Champion?
 

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Leo: Reckon you are right and as long as he keeps up a certain standard, he'll get a WC.
But at the rate he's going, it could be doubtful
 

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I think Costa has a better chance of going to Shanghai than TJ.. At least COsta has had better results for the whole year than TJ.. and TJ has to stay in the top 20 in the CHAMPIONS RACE to qualify, but if Costa is ranked higher than him, he won't get in! So.. C'mon AL! :p

LOL! I never thought I'd be cheering for Al :rolleyes:

but then again, I never thought I'd be cheering for Taylor Dent either.:rolleyes: like I was in Cincinnati for him to beat Johansson! :D :rolleyes:
 

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the adult me- I think all slam winners should be there, regardless of their results the rest of the year. It may not be fair, but its the right thing.

the real me- Johansson and Costa going to Shanghai? You cannot be serious!
 
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