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Posted: Monday August 18, 2008 10:54AM; Updated: Monday August 18, 2008 11:09AM
Jon Wertheim Jon Wertheim >
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Spanish gold, doubles bouncebacks and Argen-teen's rise

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Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
As 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 Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
Russian veteran scores the biggest win of her career, taking gold in women's singles.
 
Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
While 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 Federer
Roger Federer
In 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-Williams
Williams-Williams
Like Federer, Venus and Serena recover from upset losses in singles and win doubles gold.
 
Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez
However erratic the guy might be, he sure peaks for the Olympics. Chilean takes silver.
 
Bronze Medal Winners
Bronze Medal Winners
Vera Zvonareva and Novak Djokovic.
 
Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro
Argen-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 Petrova
Nadia Petrova
Russian takes the Western and Southern Financial Group event in Cincy, beating Nathalie Dechy in the finals.
 
Lukas Dlouhy and Elena Bovina
Lukas Dlouhy and Elena Bovina
Vets win the "his" and "hers" event in the GJI Bronx Tennis Classic.
 
Somdev Devvarman
Somdev Devvarman
Two-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 Singh
Sanam Singh
Virginia 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 Winners
Doubles Winners
Petrova and Kirlienko in Cincy. Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the Bronx. Gicquel and Lindstedt in D.C.
 
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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.
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James Blake
James Blake
Beats 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.
Doubles
Doubles
Nice 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 Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
Doesn'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.
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Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
Apart 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 Murray
Andy Murray
So hot after Cincy. So cool after Beijing.
 
John McEnroe
John McEnroe
Defaulted from seniors' event in Newport.

 
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