So it looks like I got two out of six of my finalist predictions right, with R-Fed and Andy Murray making finals. But it wouldn't be "predictions" if you got everything right, right?
I really like the way Murray's playing heading down the stretch and I hope he makes it to Shanghai because at least he's stepping up, unlike the other 20 contenders for those final three spots in the eight-man field. I like to see guys earn their way in and it looks like he's the only doing that so far: winning the matches he's supposed to. James Blake's not playing too well (I know he just lost a tough one to Karlovic, but man, top 10 players have to close out matches when they have match points! Maybe playing in the doubles final in Switzerland can give him some confidence); I can't remember the last time Tommy Haas did anything; and Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Robredo have both slacked off after winning titles this fall.
On the women's side and their race to the end-of-the-year event in Madrid, there's only two spots left, and it looks like it could be Venus and Daniela Hantuchova making gains toward those places. It would be good for the women's game if both Williams sisters made it (and hopefully play in it, too, without bagging out due to injury or fatigue or something.)