Monday March 10th, 2008

WhoWhy They're Up
Andy Roddick
The same week he splits with Jimmy Connors, top American takes out Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic en route to winning the Dubai title. Never mind the $300,000 check -- that's one sweet trophy.
Serena Williams
Speaking of Americans playing far away, Serena wins her first title of the year, beating her sister (7-6 in the third set) and Patty Schnyder in the final to take the Bangalore, India, event.
Sam Querrey
Still more good news for American tennis. Hard-serving Californian wins first ATP title, winning the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. (And his surprise opponent in the final, Kevin Anderson, played at the University of Illinois.) From our friends at the USTA: "With Roddick, it's the first time two Americans won titles at ATP events in the same week since Aug. 12, 1996."
Pete Sampras vs. Roger Federer
Regardless of who wins Monday night, their exhibition match at Madison Square Garden is a nice "pop" for the game.
Feliciano López
F-Lo turns in a fine week, reaching Dubai final.
Young Americans
Wild cards Coco Vandeweghe, 16 (upset No. 1 seed and world No. 53 Aravane Rezai in three sets), Asia Muhammed, 16 (reached the final) and Madison Brengle, 17 (defeated Sesil Karatantcheva) all notched impressive wins. There's hope yet.
Robby Ginepri
The "new" Ginepri continues comeback, taking out Marcos Baghdatis in Vegas.
Monica Seles
Vote early, vote often.
Doubles winners
Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in Dubai. Peng Shuai and Sun Tiantian in Bangalore. Julien Benneteau and Michaël Llodra topped the slumping Bryans in Vegas.
WhoWhy They're Down
Roger Federer
The revelation he suffered from mono in Australia should diminish the panic, but world No. 1 loses first match in Dubai to Andy Murray, his second consecutive defeat.
Fernando González
Top seed in Las Vegas gets dumped by Evgeny Korolev in round two, though he saved 12 match points before succumbing.
That proposal to slather the net with a sponsor banner? That's a joke, right?

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