Favourite Masters tournaments.

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  1. Paul Murphy

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    What are your favourite Masters tournaments and why?

    For me it's simple - Paris - when its surface is fast like it was a few years ago, unlike the slow rubbish served up last year.

    Cincy is No. 2. For reasons of court speed and the fact it's close to the USO.

    Lastly, Monte Carlo.
    I'm not a big fan of clay but this is the standout clay tourny for me (other than the FO) and the setting makes any dull moments speed right by.
     
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  2. MonfilsMadness

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    I kinda like Indian Wells.
    Great timeslot for watching in Australia.
    Shanghai for the surface and it's a good time for Australian viewing too.
     
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    no brainer imo: cincy the real slam
     
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    This.


    Paris is a close second.


    Monte Carlo is my least favorite.
     
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    Paris. Cincy is a close second.

    I truly dislike Monte Carlo too. Shouldn't be a masters IMO. Rome fe is a much better tournament.
     
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    My fave is Cincinnati, any day !

    Roger Federer has won four times and another idol of mine, the real volley king Stefan Edberg reached six finals there, thought he won only two. The only painful memory attached with Cincinnati is Roger's loss to Ivo Karlovic in 2008 and subsequently losing his number one ranking. It would be an icing on the cake if he regains the number one at Cincinnati Masters this year..

    Second fave is Paris

    And my least fave is Monte Carlo
     
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    My fav. is MonteCarlo.

    Least fav. is Paris.
     
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  8. celoft

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    Cincinnati.
     
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    I like the Cincy-Canada double for a bit of speed and for drumming up excitement for the USO, Rome is the best clay tourny, and Paris for the change.

    Hate the IW-Miami double, they're both so long and have boring surfaces, and Shanghai for lacking any sort of charisma.
     
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    Any masters on HC like Montreal, Paris, Miami.
     
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  11. elpolaco84

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    1)Cincy, 2)Paris, 3)Madrid 4)Canada 5)IW 6)Roma 7)MIami 8 )Shanghai 9)Montecarlo
     
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    Miami and Cincinnati have got to be the two that always serve up some good matches and finals.
     
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    IW and Miami are just too slow for me.
    We go from the AO which is slow and have the month of March taken up by two big, slow tournaments.
     
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    Cincinnati.

    1. I go almost every year.
    2. See #1.
     
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    wow, very surprised Cincy is so popular, its my fav too. ....v fan friendly and doesn't cost an arm & leg. I have been to smaller tournaments in Atlanta and Winston Salem and they are more expensive even though they are 250 levels
     
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    People here actually like Shanghai more than they like Monte Carlo?
     
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    The European ones, so I can watch them at more sociable hours :lol:
     
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    First: Canada Masters for obvious reasons.

    Second: Rome....a beautiful city, a tournament there is nice to watch.

    Third: Paris......The only Masters 1000 that allows good aggressive tennis.
     
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    Cincy: mainly cause I'm about 40 mins from it + I think the players really like it.

    Canada: Always have had a good feeling about this tourney.

    Rome: Fans aren't rude because they have almost no one to root for after the first 2 or 3 days.
     
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    I look forward to watching them all because I get to see the top players in action (or at least most of them).

    I particularly like the North American hardcourt doubles, IW/Miami,Canada/Cincy.
    Rome is my favourite clay court Masters whilst I think MC is the prettiest and most scenic.

    Madrid is my least favourite clay MS because I don't much like the stadium or atmosphere. I like Shanghai because of its fantastic stadium but it lacks atmosphere because there are scarcely any fans watching. Paris is a bit of a disappointment because many of the top players are too tired or injured to play it.

    In short, the spring and summer ones promise the most action. The autumn/fall ones the least.
     
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    4 wins for Federer.
    0 finals for Nadal.
    My favourite by far.
     
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    Favs: Paris, Miami, Rome
    Least fav: Shanghai, Canada

    I love the MC setting but the tennis is usually terrible. I wish they put more effort into MC and bump down Madrid instead. Blue clay is gonna be a joke.
     
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  24. norbac

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    Favorites: Cincy, IW, Monte Carlo

    Least: Madrid
     
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    For shore, Cincinnati is most favorite, always a good feeling when I come here.
     
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    For shore, Paris is most favorite, always a good feeling when I come here.
     
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    Bercy and Cincy,can't pick one. Like the Bercy stadium the most. Wish the revert to their 2010 court speed.

    Miami and MC are the worst. Pity MC is ****ty cause it's one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    Miami should just turn into a clay masters, why bother?
     
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    My three favourites are, in order, MS Paris, MS Cincinatti and MS Roma.

    I never really cared for MS Canada, and I don't know why. There isn't any real explanation for it.
     
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    In terms of competition and "freshness", there are 4 contenders - the IW/Miami double offers the biggest competition to top players by having an extra round, after the initial Australian Open tournament a lot of players either are on the uprise (Verdasco 2009) or on the downrise (Federer not winning it, in any year), so these 2 tournaments offer a great chance for the players to show themselves, some great matches occur!

    The Canada/Cincinatti double is also great - mid-season, a lull after Wimbledon, it allows for players to pop out of no-where (Del Potro in 2008 and 2009 when he played superbly in the US Open series). The differing conditions (Canada has slower courts, Cincinatti faster) can result in 2 players facing each other twice in less than 2 weeks yet playing completely differently due to the change of conditions.

    I adore the Paris Masters - it rewards (or used to, last year the "homogenization" virus caught Paris too, it seems) attacking tennis in beautiful conditions - for Europeans it's more than just watching a tennis match, it's an event. It makes tennis very entertaining to watch. The atmosphere is second to none.

    The Shanghai Masters could be the best of all were it not for Asia having no Majors (therefore the Shanghai tournament lacks credibility as it is the biggest tennis tournament in Asia, with no back up or support), the stadiums are huge (but rarely full) and players are treated to a different culture. Offering a huge bonus prize to "appear" doesn't seem to attract the very best players either, last year Federer, Djokovic and Gasquet didn't go there (just from the top of my head), the ATP tour hasn't placed the Asia swing in the worst possible "slot" in the calendar, but it certainly could be better.

    When I think of Madrid Masters, I think of one word: unique. This year we have the blue clay coming in, previous years we've had Federer defeating Nadal on it (unique and surprising results), the ball-girls are all models. Various celebrities (Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Verdasco whenever Nadal plays, or even trains) appear. A good tournament, atmosphere is dependant on a Spanish player making it deep in the draw. When Federer took the first set against Nadal last year in the semi-finals, there was no atmosphere, the court and stadium went totally quiet. An hour later it was the opposite.

    Rome is similar but the lack of great Italian players (Fognini, show us what you've got) perhaps makes it hard for Italians to "root" for someone naturally in tune with their nation. As a tournament I cannot complain on anything it does - just a solid tournament. Stadiums could be expanded?

    Personally, despite being a fan of quicker surfaces, I would have said Cincinatti or the Paris Masters as my favourite but Indian Well is my favourite. How the organizers of that tournament do the job is perfection - Majors, other Master tournaments, in fact all tournaments, should follow it. Entertainment is perfect. Courts are perfect. Players are kept happy with great treatment, etc, etc, list goes on.

    Also it's the first Masters to offer $1 million to the winner in the singles final, for me that's a big investment and a seemingly safe one; it's going to keep expanding.

    Monte Carlo is the worst for me; the surface looks horrible, the only non-mandatory Masters event, small draw, often predictable, etc, etc..
     
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  30. Towser83

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    hard to pick, IW/Miami are good with the extra round, also like Canada and Cinci. Least favourite is with us now, MC. Nice event in itself but top players skip it now and there's never any question of who the winner will be except maybe this year. And a new winner can't come soon enough.
     
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  31. veroniquem

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    M-C by a landslide: idyllic venue and surroundings, friendly staff, small arena, the spectators are incredibly close to the court. Nice restaurant too. I went there several times in the 90s. It was like paradise for a week.
    I would love to attend IW (gorgeous scenery as well) and Miami but I never have. Something to look forward to!!
    I went to Paris-Bercy a couples times when I lived near Paris but I don't like the surface and I'm not a big fan of indoors in general.
    ETA: the worst outdoor seems to be Cincy: horrible weather and humidity there in the summer, not very exciting location.
     
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  32. TMF

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    You could have just say your favorite MS is the one that Nadal has the most success(despite it's not a mandatory event), and your worst MS is the one Nadal never beat a top 10 player. No need for the irrelevant details.
     
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  33. veroniquem

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    Well, unfortunately I didn't get to attend M-C while Rafa was dominating (too far from New York being one reason). At the time I went there, I was an Agassi fan and I don't think Agassi ever passed the first round there!!! That's what I'd call bad timing :) but I always had the time of my life and the best memories and I don't care what your opinion of it is. All I can say is : you might change your mind if you tried it...
     
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  34. TMF

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    And your WORST tournament of all time is the WTF. We know.
     
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  35. veroniquem

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    That I've never been to. If I had an opportunity, I would despite indoors not being my favorite as I explained before. I went to Brussels and I liked that one ok but the event doesn't exist anymore.
     
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