Monday April 6th, 2009

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Andy Murray
Andy Murray
Adds still another Masters Series title to the haul, taking Sony Ericsson event in Key Biscayne. Right now, the best player in tennis not named Rafael Nadal.
 
Viktoria Azarenka
Viktoria Azarenka
Pride of Scottsdale wins the biggest title of her ascending career, beating Serena Williams in the women's final.
 
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Reaches Key Biscayne final yet again, before injuries do her in. Still is there any doubt she's carrying the women's tour right now?
 
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Inability to handle the heat does him in once again, but all told, a nice tournament, beating Federer and reaching the final.
 
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro
Argentine scores the most significant win of his career with a gutsy third-set tiebreak win over Nadal in the quarters. Ole, indeed.
 
Doubles Winners
Doubles Winners
Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram. Kuznetsova and Mauresmo -- a pair of former singles Grand Slam winners -- on the women's side.
 
Taylor Dent
Taylor Dent
You hope the Wimbledon wild card committee is taking note of a serve-and-volleyer returning so successfully from injury.
 
Laura Robson
Laura Robson
British teen becomes top-ranked junior girl this week. The prize? A year's supply of irrational expectation!
 
Joey Porter
Joey Porter
Every tennis fan should be cheering for this guy like crazy this NFL season.
Deuce
 
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Reaches semis, but it's time to look deeper. Between his mortal play and his racket thwacking...well, on the plus side, the hardcourt season is over.
 
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Even when he's clearly not at his best, even when he's dealing with a "personal" situation off the court, it takes a third-set tiebreaker by a top five player to put him away.
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Tennis on TV
Tennis on TV
Note to the promoters: you're really doing a terrible disservice to the sport when you commit to a network that will cut away from, say, the Nadal-del Potro third set tiebreaker for a hockey pregame show. Look, we all wish that Tennis Channel were available in more homes; but it's still preferable to second-class treatment the sport gets on the larger Fox Sports Net. And I can't imagine the sponsors are happy. Sure, their signage gets to more eyeballs; but the association is so negative when the matches cut out prematurely. New rule: you officially forfeit the right to brand yourself as a "Fifth Slam" when your domestic coverage is this slipshod.

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