Spanish gold, doubles bouncebacks and Argen-teen's rise
Rafael NadalAs if his year needed additional gilding, new top-ranked player takes gold medal in singles in Beijing. Oh, and he becomes the No.1 ranked player today. Otherwise, it was a slow week for him.
Elena DementievaRussian veteran scores the biggest win of her career, taking gold in women's singles.
Dinara SafinaWhile the rest of the world was in rehab, Safina has established herself as an elite player over the past few months. Silver medal only augments a breakthrough year.
Roger FedererIn a backwards way, he revealed an awful lot about himself in Beijing. Takes still another crushing loss in this disappointing year -- a straight set defeat to James Blake -- and still has the constitution to dust himself off and team with Stanislas Wawrinka to take a gold in doubles. That, friends, is a champion.
Williams-WilliamsLike Federer, Venus and Serena recover from upset losses in singles and win doubles gold.
Fernando GonzalezHowever erratic the guy might be, he sure peaks for the Olympics. Chilean takes silver.
Bronze Medal WinnersVera Zvonareva and Novak Djokovic.
Juan Martin Del PotroArgen-teen, the hottest player this side of Nadal, wins fourth straight event since Wimbledon. Assuming the kid hasn't peaked too soon, here's an unlikely U.S. Open contender.
Nadia PetrovaRussian takes the Western and Southern Financial Group event in Cincy, beating Nathalie Dechy in the finals.
Lukas Dlouhy and Elena BovinaVets win the "his" and "hers" event in the GJI Bronx Tennis Classic.
Somdev DevvarmanTwo-time NCAA champ reaches quarters in Washington, D.C., at the Legg Mason. What a miscarriage of justice that the guy didn't even get a wild card into to U.S. Open QUALIES! We're all for cracking down on the corner-cutting college programs recruiting overseas ringers who have no business competing in NCAA sports. But a two-time collegiate champ at UVA who graduates, bases himself in the U.S. and even has American representation? Give that kid a break.
Sanam SinghVirginia sophomore captured the men's singles title Friday to conclude this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships presented by the USTA at Indiana University.
Doubles WinnersPetrova and Kirlienko in Cincy. Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the Bronx. Gicquel and Lindstedt in D.C.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Will host new WTA event that was formerly the Bausch and Lomb tournament on Amelia Island. The International staffing company, MPS group, will be the title sponsor.
James BlakeBeats Roger Federer in quarters in Beijing, but squanders a golden opportunity (quite literally) losing a heartbreaker to Fernando Gonzalez. He was within his rights to call out Gonzo for a lapse in sportsmanship. Blowing the match points, though, that's ?on him? as they say.
DoublesNice to see dubs getting so much attention in Beijing. But what does it say about the "specialists" when the gold medal winners are the Williams sisters and Federer/Wawrinka?
Ana IvanovicDoesn't play a match in Beijing on account of injury but re-inherits the WTA's top ranking from Jelena Jankovic, the William Henry Harrison of No. 1's.
Andy RoddickApart from Federer, here's another player who desperately needs a break after the U.S. Open. Roddick loses still another hardcourt match to a lesser opponent, falling to Viktor Troicki at the Legg Mason event in D.C. Who will be his coach at the Open?
Andy MurraySo hot after Cincy. So cool after Beijing.
John McEnroeDefaulted from seniors' event in Newport.