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Blake secures final Masters Cup spot

11/5/2006 - Tennis

The final spot for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai was determined on Friday at the Paris Masters. Tommy Haas' semifinal loss to Dominik Hrbaty allowed James Blake to claim the last spot in the tournament despite a poor showing in Paris. Defending champion David Nalbandian earned a spot on Thursday when Blake lost to Haas; Spain's Tommy Robredo also qualified following his third-round win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Haas would have needed to win the Paris Masters to clinch the final spot. Both Haas and Blake got some help when Mario Ancic lost to Nikolay Davydenko on Friday in the quarterfinals. If Ancic had won, he would have secured the final spot in the field.

The top eight singles players qualified for the eight-man, eight-team round-robin event beginning Nov. 12. The final standings for singles and doubles: