Monday May 18th, 2009

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Roger Federer
Roger Federer
And the plot thickens. Takes first title of 2009 in dramatic fashion, beating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid final. (He's now tied with Nadal with 15 Masters series shields.) Also, don't ignore his semifinal victory against Juan Martin del Potro. Exceptional week going into Paris.
 
Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
Call it coincidence, but ever since the Serena Williams diss, Safina has been doing justice to her top ranking. Wins another big clay title, taking the Madrid women's event.
 
The Madrid event/La Caja Magica
The Madrid event/La Caja Magica
OK, there might still be kinks in need of ironing -- take a cue from the Yankees and make sure the prime seats are filled. But overall, the venue draws rave reviews. And the Hamburg decision has certainly been validated.
 
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Yes, he lost still another match to Nadal. But you can't accuse him of playing scared. Again, Paris is suddenly looking quite intriguing.
 
Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
Another fine event for newest top 10 player, reaching Madrid final.
 
Gaston Gaudio
Gaston Gaudio
Former champ granted a French Open wild card.
 
Doubles Winners
Madrid doubles winners
Cara Black and Liezel Huber. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.
 
NCAA Tennis
NCAA Tennis
Live from College Station, Texas, it's May Madness. Let the games begin.
 
Tennis Twittering
Tennis Twittering
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Deuce
 
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
No shame losing to Federer, especially a day after beating Djokovic in an epic. And he's still the French Open favorite. But, yes, it was disconcerting to see him making a runner-up speech. Particularly after a clay event, particularly in Spain.
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Venus Williams
Venus Williams
We don't expect excellence. We don't expect losses to qualifiers either.
 
Dubai
Dubai
The penalty for denying Shahar Peer a visa is upheld at WTA board meetings.
 
Match-fixing allegations
Match-fixing allegations
And here we thought the issue was, mercifully, dying.

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