Legends of the fall
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David NalbandianFabulous fall continues as Argentine wins second Masters Series event in two weeks, beating Roger Federer (again) and Rafael Nadal en route to taking the Paris Masters. Where was this guy for the first nine months of 2007? And he has personality, too.
Lindsay DavenportMom looks sharp again, winning her 53rd career title at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City.
Richard GasquetSnags the final Shanghai Masters Cup spot. Though moles tell us the alternate might get some play this year.
Julie DittyLittle-known American turns in a fine week in Quebec City.
Doubles winnersThe Bryans (at left) in Paris. Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones in Quebec City.
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Hingis-gate and L'Affaire DavydenkoLeaving aside the (virtually unknowable) matter of guilt or innocence, these ugly episodes highlight everything screwed up about tennis. Why was the WTA in the dark about one of its marquee stars (Martina Hingis, at left) testing positive for cocaine? Why is an ATP official mocking a player's effort, especially when said player (Nikolay Davydenko) was levied with a fine for not trying in the previous event? Why isn't there a proper players' union contesting this?
Roger FedererLoses to Nalbandian for the second week in a row. Dominating as the guy has been, he "only" won two of the nine Masters Series events.
Nicole VaidisovaForced out of Quebec City with a shoulder injury, still more disappointment in '07.