He's No. 1!
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Roger FedererWins 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 HantuchovaContinues 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 MurrayNice week for the Scot as he takes the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open, beating Fern Verdasco in the final.
Sebastien GrosjeanResurgent Frenchman beats Marc Gicquel to take the Lyon, France, event. Then doubles his pleasure with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and takes doubles crown.
Jo-Wilfried TsongaCassius Clay takes out Richie Gasquet in Lyon and teams with Grosjean to win doubles.
Davis Cup feverLast week's Oregonian ran a column on the blight of Davis Cup ticket-scalping. Anyone else thinking every event should be so lucky?
Olivier RochusOur 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 OpenGets early 2008 commitment from Rafael Nadal.
Doubles winnersThe 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.
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Nikolay DavydenkoAlready 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 WilliamsDizziness forces her out at Madrid year-end championships.
Andy RoddickLoses first-round match in Lyon to Fabulous Fabrice Santoro and then pulls out of Paris.
James BlakeAnother 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.