David slays Goliath

Monday October 22nd, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
David Nalbandian
The plot thickens ... The Fed-buster of old tops Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and then Roger Federer en route to taking Madrid Masters title.
Justine Henin
Belgian wins her ninth title of the year, beating Tatiana Golovin in the final to take the Zurich Open title. Um, nice year.
Mario Ancic
Nice to see injury-prone Croatian back in business.
Tatiana Golovin
Henin notwithstanding, has there been a better player this fall?
Jaslyn Hewitt
Criticize her brother (left) at your peril.
Joe Torre
So, what are you going to be doing now that you're leaving the Bronx Zoo? "I may show up at Wimbledon."
Doubles winners
Kveta Peschke and Rennae Stubbs in Zurich. The Bryans in Madrid.
WhoWhy They're Down
Serena Williams
Down nine games to nothing and "running on empty," she retires from her first match in Zurich. Speaking of running on empty ...
Rafael Nadal
Suffers his worst defeat in three years in Madrid quarters. Chart his results pre- and post-Wimbledon and you're looking at two very different sets of coordinates.
Amélie Mauresmo
Another player who ought to shut it down for 2007. Loses her first match in Zurich to Alona Bondarenko, adding to a disappointing, injury-addled year.
James Blake
Loses early in Madrid, not exactly bringing much momentum to Davis Cup.
Belgrade belles
Jelena Jankovic (left) and Anna Ivanovic both lose early and in straight sets in Zurich.

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