Monday May 14th, 2007

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WhoWhy They're Up
Rafael Nadal
En Fuego. Nadal takes his 77th straight clay court match, winning the Rome Masters Series event and becoming an even stronger French Open favorite in the process.
Ana Ivanovic
Serb caps a week of gutsy tennis by outplaying Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third-set tiebreaker in the finals to win in Berlin.
Akiko Morigami
Japanese veteran wins first title of her career, taking out top-seeded Marion Bartoli in the Prague final.
Fernando Gonzalez
In hiding since Australia, Gonzo returns with a nice run to the Rome final.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
She lost the Warsaw final in a heartbreaker, but a three-set win over Justine Henin ought to pad her confidence.
Julia Vakulenko
Little-known Ukranian beats Amelie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina on the same day.
Filippo Volandri
Not only beats Roger Federer in straight sets, but backs it up with a solid win over Tom Berdych.
Doubles winners
Fabrice Santoro & Nenad Zimonjic snap the Bryans' 17-match win streak in Rome. Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur triumph in Berlin. The Czech-mates of Cetkovska and Hlavackova win in Prague.
San Marino's Domenico Vicini
Made Davis Cup history last week when he took part in his 67th tie, surpassing the record held by Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli.
CBS
Signs fairly innovative six-year deal with U.S.T.A. for $145 million, which includes rights to air the U.S. Open.
Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Community College Winners
Coach of the Year Alan Kramer of Abraham Baldwin College (Ga.) and National Player of the Year Hiroko Nishikawa (left) of Hillsborough Community College (Fla.).
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WhoWhy They're Down
Roger Federer
Another week, another loss, extending a four-tournament losing streak. Losing to Nadal is one thing; falling in straight sets to Fra Filippo Volandri is quite another.
Tony Roche
Parts with Federer in the wake of the Rome debacle.
Martina Hingis
A rough week for Switzerland. Gimps to early loss in Berlin and then pulls out of the Rome, the biggest event she's won since her comeback.
Amelie Mauresmo
Loses in third round of Berlin to Vakulenko, not exactly presaging success at Roland Garros.

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