Thanks Hazel. Missed most of the match but it sounds not too nerve-wracking!
As I (try to) understand it, Andy has to reach the final to gain any ranking points - anything less will go to his non-countables. So he's not gaining on Fed yet, but hopefully will get some useful match practice in.
I could be wrong though!
Really? I thought it was top 4 500's? Monte Carlo sometimes going under that category depending on how well they do, but I forget the specifics there.
Even so, I can only think of Dubai and Tokyo? Didn't play Hamburg, Washington, Basel (withdrew) or Valencia, Rotterdam or Memphis.
This will be his 3rd 500 and then Monte Carlo will count as the 4th I think.
Edit: Just been researching this using Wiki and it is very bloody confusing (and ridiculously harsh). I didn't realise only two 250's are counted.
Andy currently holds 3 250 titles but I could've sworn all of them had their points added on.
Anyway going back to the 500's:
Once a player is accepted in the main draw of a Grand Slam or ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, his result in this tournament counts for his ranking, regardless of whether he participates. A player's withdrawal from an ATP World Tour 500 event, regardless of whether the withdrawal was on time, results in a zero point included as one of his best of four results. Further non-consecutive withdrawals results in a zero point allocation replacing the next best positive result for each additional withdrawal.
So by that I think it will include Basel. And MC does count. So Tokyo where he won is the last 500. I don't understand it all. It's a bloody stupid system, I don't understand why they don't just keep it a bit more simple.