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<font size=3>ATP Race Ends in Photo Finish </font>

In fact, it was so close that the Race and the Entry Rankings don't agree on the Top Fifteen.

It's a misconception, quietly encouraged by the ATP, that the Race and Entry rankings will agree at the end of the year. It's true that a player who plays only ATP events (as opposed to Challengers), and only during the ATP year (which ends with the Masters Cup), will have the same score (allowing for the 5x multiplier) in Race and Entry rankings at the end of the year. But since there are players with Challengers, and players who don't qualify for Masters Series events, the Race does not treat everyone the same way as the Entry System. Hence our objection to calling the Race a "ranking." It isn't a ranking even at the end of the year. The Entry System is the true ranking.

And, this year, with players like Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Roddick and Guillermo Canas starting outside the Top 100 and finishing in the Top Twenty, the correspondence is even less than last year -- the differences reach as high as #12!

How extreme is the situation? If we compare the lists, we find 22 difference just in the Top Fifty, including every spot between #12 and #18: In the Race, Roger Federer ends at #12, but Goran Ivanisevic is #12 in the Entry Ranks, with Federer at #13. Guillermo Canas is #14 in the Race, but Andy Roddick grabs that spot in the Entry Rankings. Alex Corretja is #15 in the Race, but Canas has that spot in the Entry Rankings. Roddick is #16 in the Race, Thomas Johansson in the Entry ranks. Arnaud Clement is #17 in the Race, Corretja in the Entry rank system. And the #18 spot is Johansson's in the Race, Clement's in reality.

Note that this difference will affect the Australian Open seedings. Chances are that someone won't play, so Federer and Ivanisevic will both get seeds in the Top Twelve. But someone gets the #16 seed, and someone else the #17. The Race says it should be Clement who gets the better seed, but the Entry System would give it to Johansson. This may also bite for the last (#32) seed.

The discrepancy in points reaches even higher, though this doesn't affect the rankings (and we frankly don't understand it): Yevgeny Kafelnikov has 618 Race points, which should correspond to 3090 Entry points -- but the Russian has 3145 Entry System points.

The following list shows every spot in the Top Fifty where the rankings disagree. The first column is the ranking, the second shows who holds it in the Race, the third who holds it in the entry rankings.

<br />Rank Race ....... Entry<br />12 . Federer .....Ivanisevic<br />13 . Ivanisevic . Federer<br />14 . Canas .......Roddick<br />15 . Corretja ... Canas<br />16 . Roddick .....Johansson<br />17 . Clement .....Corretja<br />18 . Johansson ...Clement<br />29 . Rusedski ... Novak<br />31 . Malisse .....Rusedski<br />32 . Novak .......Hrbaty<br />34 . Mirnyi ..... Ulihrach<br />35 . Ulihrach ... Malisse<br />36 . Hrbaty ..... Mirnyi<br />37 . Costa .......Ljubicic<br />38 . Rios ....... El Aynaoui<br />39 . Ljubicic ... Rios<br />40 . El Aynaoui . Costa<br />41 . Kiefer ..... A. Martin<br />42 . A. Martin ...Kiefer<br />47 . Gaudio ..... Nalbandian<br />49 . Golmard .....Gaudio<br />50 . Clavet ..... Golmard

In addition, every spot between #50 and #100 is different except for #57 (Bjorkman) and #60 (Zabaleta).

The following eleven players were in the Top 100 in the Entry Rankings but not the Race: Acasuso, Chela, Davydenko, R. Delgado, Llodra, Luzzi, Nieminen, Sa, Savolt, Simoni, Voinea.

The following eleven players were in the Top 100 in the Race but not the Entry Rankings: Bruguera, Calatrava, Kucera, Larsson, Mamiit, Philippoussis, Prinosil, O. Rochus, Rosset, Siemerink, Woodruff.

Among the players who are in the Top 100 in both lists, the biggest numerical difference is for Jan Vacek, 32 spots: he's #65 in the Entry System, #97 in the Race. All told, six players (Balcells, Calleri, Chang, Nalbandian, Sanchez, Vacek) have Race and Entry rankings differing by 20 or more places.

The most extreme ratios between Race and Entry were posted by Vacek and Nalbandian: For each man, his entry ranking was a third better than his Race ranking.
 

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I for one always use the entry system , thats the true ranking

and as for the so called journos/reporters who use the pathetic Race as the ranking...... GET IT RIGHT.
 

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The only thing the race is good for, is for "the race to number one" over the past few weeks of the year.

As for Oz seedings, seeing as they use the entry system for seedings, there shouldn't be any problem.

Players themselves often pay more attention to the entry system anyhow. I recall Hewitt saying that if he did get number 1 this year, that he'd be just as happy if he grabbed it in the entry rankings after australia.
 

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Hmmm as interresting it may be to see how the Race goes, the only thing that really mathers is the entry list. You don't get your seeding by the Race list. So is it really worth to have two lists??

There it goes the old debatt again <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 
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