Monday August 17th, 2009

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Andy Murray
Andy Murray
Brit wins still another Masters Series shield, this time in Montreal, taking out Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals and Juan Martin del Potro in the final. Now up to No. 2 in the rankings.
 
Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic
Former No. 1 turns in best result of 2009, charming southern Ohio and winning the Western and Southern Financial Group event.
 
Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
Nice comeback. Three quality wins (and typically cheerful demeanor) in first tournament back. A top five player? Sounds about right to me.
 
Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
Italian quietly reaches top 10.
 
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Frenchman rallies from two breaks down in third set to beat Pops Federer for the first time.
 
Doubles Winners
Doubles Winners
Cara Black and Liezel Huber (left) in Cincy. Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi in Montreal.
 
Western and Southern Financial Group
Western and Southern Financial Group
Love those financial security commercials. It can't be fun to make an ad campaign in these uncertain financial times. They pulled it off.
 
Greg Rusedski
Greg Rusedski
Wins first ATP Champions Tour event.
 
Todd Martin
Todd Martin
Re-enters the coaching fray as aide-de-camp to Novak Djokovic. Seems like an odd personality match on its face, but, hey, so did Phil Jackson-Kobe Bryant.
 
Bertie Helmick
Bertie Helmick
Cincinnati singer performs the pre-match national anthems of the players about to appear on court. Nice touch.
Deuce
 
U.S. Open series programming
U.S. Open series programming
Like the regular coverage. Puzzled over some of the programming decisions. (Why not show Clijsters-Dinara Safina instead of the Elena Dementieva-Carolyn Wozniacki snoozer?).
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Grand Slam winners
Grand Slam winners
Federer, Nadal, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova -- winners of the last 10 Grand Slam titles among them -- lost before the weekend.

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