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Radek StepanekMr. Hingis wins the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, beating James Blake in the final. Nice win for Stepanek, a top-10 player not all that long ago. But here's today's moment of zen: Imagine a USTA suit smiling behind clenched teeth as he presents Stepanek with a U.S. Open Series bonus check.
Rafael NadalNot only does J.K. Rowling cite him as an inspiration, but he wins still another clay event, the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.
Steve DarcisIn a stunning result, the Belgian qualifier, ranked No. 297, takes down a host of higher-ranked pros -- including Mike Youzhny -- to win the Dutch Open in Amersfoort. He's the youngest-ranked player to win an ATP event in years.
Anna ChakvetadzeRussian comer wins Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, beating Akiko Morigami in the final.
Agnes SzavayHungarian wins first WTA title in Palermo, Italy.
Lindsay DavenportFormer No. 1 plays World TeamTennis, the sport's gateway drug to a full-fledged comeback -- and she enters doubles in New Haven, Conn., next month.
Tennis Hall of FamePosts induction ceremony speeches. Go to tennisfame.com.
Tony RocheThe Larry Brown of tennis coaches hooks on with Lleyton Hewitt.
Doubles winnersThe Bryans (pictured) in L.A. Bethanie Mattek and Sania Mirza in Cincy. Koryttseva and Kustava in Palermo. Frantisek Cermak and Sweet Lou Friedl in Stuttgart. Brzezicki and Guzman in Amersfoort.
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James BlakeStill struggling to win matches, he loses to a player he ought to beat in L.A. finals. On the plus side, his book hit the bestseller list. (The book has garnered some awfully nice reviews, so we can only hope his co-author is being sufficiently compensated.)
Nicolas KieferContinues comeback by winning several rounds in L.A., but then withdraws from semis with a knee injury.
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Anastasia RodionovaBecomes first player in a decade to be disqualified from a WTA Tour match for hitting a ball toward fans.
Fernando GonzalezBack to the old Gonzo we've come to know and love, the Aussie Open finalist loses in firstmatch in L.A. to unheralded Zach Fleishman.