Surface tension

Monday April 23rd, 2007
Who Why They're Up
Rafael Nadal
Picks up where he left off in 2006, beating Roger Federer in the final to win the Monte Carlo Masters.
Fed Cup heroines
With special props to the Williams sisters for showing up. In what is surely a first, every world group winner (the U.S., Russia, France and Italy) prevailed 5-0. Check all the results here.
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Nice result for the Mosquito, who hasn't done much biting or stinging in a while. Former French Open champ reaches Monte Carlo semis before falling to Federer.
Bob and Mike Bryan
Another Masters Series event, another doubles title for the twins. Who says Americans can't play on clay?
Jim Courier
His movie, Unstrung (think Spellbound for tennis), will screen this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sergi Bruguera
Defends his title at the Barcelona event on the BlackRock Tour, beating Jordi Arrese in the final.
Majorca promoters
Sure it's gimmicky, but has an exhibition ever generated more advance hype than this Battle of the Surfaces throwdown?
Who All tied up?
Roger Federer
Reaches Monte Carlo final and wins his 500th career match in the process. But still another defeat on clay to Nadal -- not an auspicious start in the quest for Roland Garros.
Who Why They're Down
Nikolay Davydenko
Russian rips "American" ATP chief Etienne de Villiers (never mind that he is a London-based South African) and goes out early in Monte Carlo.
Monte Carlo
Saturday posting on the event's Web site: "Press Conference Reaction: Federer Proves Too Strong for Nadal." Oops. (Thanks to Arvind of Philly for catching this.)
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