Monday October 29th, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
Roger Federer
Wins hometown event in Basel, Switzerland, beating Jarkko Nieminen in the final. In the process he clinches the year-end No. 1 for a fourth straight year.
Daniela Hantuchova
Continues smashing season by beating Patty Schnyder in the final to take the Linz, Austria, event. In the process, she qualifies for the Madrid year-ender.
Andy Murray
Nice week for the Scot as he takes the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open, beating Fern Verdasco in the final.
Sebastien Grosjean
Resurgent Frenchman beats Marc Gicquel to take the Lyon, France, event. Then doubles his pleasure with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and takes doubles crown.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Cassius Clay takes out Richie Gasquet in Lyon and teams with Grosjean to win doubles.
Davis Cup fever
Last week's Oregonian ran a column on the blight of Davis Cup ticket-scalping. Anyone else thinking every event should be so lucky?
Olivier Rochus
Our man saves five match points and wriggles away from Mardy Fish, going 17-15 in the third-set tiebreaker to win their epic in Lyon. Anyone know a YouTube link?
Chennai Open
Gets early 2008 commitment from Rafael Nadal.
Doubles winners
The Bryans win in Basel (beating the shotgun marriage team of Mark Knowles and James Blake in the final) to win the their 10th title of '07. Black and Huber in Linz. Nestor and Zimonjic in St. Pete.
WhoWhy They're Down
Nikolay Davydenko
Already the subject of some unpleasant allegations, D-Man gets fine for giving something less than a wholehearted effort in the St. Petersburg event. But if the ATP is going to impose penalties for double-faults -- subjectively declaring it tanking -- the slope gets real slippery, real fast.
Venus Williams
Dizziness forces her out at Madrid year-end championships.
Andy Roddick
Loses first-round match in Lyon to Fabulous Fabrice Santoro and then pulls out of Paris.
James Blake
Another week, another early loss. Professor plum in the study with a candlestick, you ask? No, it was "Dr." Ivo Karlovic in Basel with the serve.

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