Monday April 28th, 2008

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Rafael Nafal
Rafael Nafal
It's clay-court season, which means it's Hammer Time for the Spanish Lefty. World No. 2 takes still another Monte Carlo Masters title, failing to drop a set and pounding Roger Federer in the final. Nadal teamed with Tommy Robredo to win the doubles.
 
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
We should all experience "crossroads" such as his. Playing on his worst surface, Federer reaches the Monte Carlo final and loses 7-5, 7-5. And he probably deserves some bonus points for this.
 
Vera Zvonareva
Fed Cup winners
Spain and Russia (pictured: U.S.-killer Vera Zvonareva) advance. Read all about it here.
 
Sam Querrey
Sam Querrey
The "forgotten" American quietly in throes of a breakout year. After winning a title in Vegas last month, Big Q reaches the quarters in Monte Carlo, beating Carlos Moyà and Richard "Blisters" Gasquet.
 
Unstrung
Unstrung
Jim Courier's junior tennis documentary will air Sat., May 3 at 8 p.m. on ESPN Classic.
 
Tennis Live Radio
Tennis Live Radio
If the sport struggles with television, at least it has this.
 
Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova
On hand last week to open a Boys & Girls Club in Tijuana, Mexico. Look for her playing World TeamTennis this summer.
 
Deuce
Ivan Ljubicic
Ivan Ljubicic
Croatian veteran falls to Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo but then did this.
 
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Reached the semis in Monte Carlo and then ... you know, I have a bit of a scratchy throat and don't much feel like finishing this column.

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