Legends of the fall

Monday November 5th, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
David Nalbandian
Fabulous fall continues as Argentine wins second Masters Series event in two weeks, beating Roger Federer (again) and Rafael Nadal en route to taking the Paris Masters. Where was this guy for the first nine months of 2007? And he has personality, too.
Lindsay Davenport
Mom looks sharp again, winning her 53rd career title at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City.
Richard Gasquet
Snags the final Shanghai Masters Cup spot. Though moles tell us the alternate might get some play this year.
Julie Ditty
Little-known American turns in a fine week in Quebec City.
Doubles winners
The Bryans (at left) in Paris. Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones in Quebec City.
WhoWhy They're Down
Hingis-gate and L'Affaire Davydenko
Leaving aside the (virtually unknowable) matter of guilt or innocence, these ugly episodes highlight everything screwed up about tennis. Why was the WTA in the dark about one of its marquee stars (Martina Hingis, at left) testing positive for cocaine? Why is an ATP official mocking a player's effort, especially when said player (Nikolay Davydenko) was levied with a fine for not trying in the previous event? Why isn't there a proper players' union contesting this?
Roger Federer
Loses to Nalbandian for the second week in a row. Dominating as the guy has been, he "only" won two of the nine Masters Series events.
Nicole Vaidisova
Forced out of Quebec City with a shoulder injury, still more disappointment in '07.

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