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Roger FedererAnd 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 NadalFalls 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 JankovicSerb 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 SequeraVenezuelan wins the first title of her career, beating Aleksandra Wozniak in the final of the Fez, Morocco, event.
Lleyton HewittAwfully 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 SamprasIn 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 BrugueraSpaniard 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 winnersBob 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 PhilippoussisNice to see him working seriously toward a comeback.
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Amelie MauresmoStill another early-round loss, auguring ill for success at the French.
Andy MurrayInjures wrist in Hamburg, putting French Open availability in doubt.
Mario AncicPulls out of Roland Garros with lingering case of mono. Doesn't Mr. Miyagi have a homespun remedy that will enable him to compete?
Gustavo KuertenThree-time champ announces he won't be playing in the French on account of lingering injuries. Sense a trend here?
Martina HingisStill another non-starter at Roland Garros.