Monday May 21st, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
Roger Federer
And the funny thing is, someone had recently mentioned a slump. The Fed raises interest rates before the French Open by beating Rafael Nadal for the first time on clay, taking the Hamburg TMS title.
Rafael Nadal
Falls to Federer, ratcheting up the drama for Roland Garros. But let's take a minute to acknowledge his unparalleled clay-court streak that ended at 81 straight matches. In a perverse way, might this loss give him additional motivation heading to Paris?
Jelena Jankovic
Serb quietly continues her ascent, winning the Italian Open for her third title of the year. Anyone else thinking we might have a new player ready to win her first Slam?
Milagros Sequera
Venezuelan wins the first title of her career, beating Aleksandra Wozniak in the final of the Fez, Morocco, event.
Lleyton Hewitt
Awfully nice week of play for the Aussie, reaching Hamburg semis and giving Nadal a tough match. Days of winning Slams are probably past, but nice to see a former No. 1 back to playing top-shelf tennis.
Pete Sampras
In his first trip to Greece, Sampras wins the Seniors Champions Cup, beating Todd Martin in the final. Surely this will fuel more comeback talk.
Sergi Bruguera
Spaniard wins in Hamburg, his third consecutive clay-court title on the BlackRock Tour of Champions, to surge further clear at the top of the South African Airways Champions Tour Rankings. Um, just asking: Why are there multiple senior tours?
Doubles winners
Bob and Mike Bryan (pictured), taking Hamburg, still another title in the Federerian year they're having. Dechy and Santangelo, playing together for the first time, win in Rome. Vania King and Sania Mirza in Fez.
Mark Philippoussis
Nice to see him working seriously toward a comeback.
French Open Suicide Pool
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WhoWhy They're Down
Amelie Mauresmo
Still another early-round loss, auguring ill for success at the French.
Andy Murray
Injures wrist in Hamburg, putting French Open availability in doubt.
Mario Ancic
Pulls out of Roland Garros with lingering case of mono. Doesn't Mr. Miyagi have a homespun remedy that will enable him to compete?
Gustavo Kuerten
Three-time champ announces he won't be playing in the French on account of lingering injuries. Sense a trend here?
Martina Hingis
Still another non-starter at Roland Garros.

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