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Pretty crazy how well Canadian tennis has been doing this year: three Canadians in three finals this weekend, all in Memphis. Though he lost to Andy Roddick in the men’s final, Milos Raonic is set to break into the top 40 after his recent efforts, becoming the highest ranked Canadian in the history of the rankings. Another 20-year-old Canadian, Rebecca Marino, is enjoying a career high ranking after playing her first WTA final vs. Magdalena Rybarikova – though she did not enjoy retiring during the final with an abdominal injury. Daniel Nestor, C.M. won the men’s doubles with partner Max Mirnyi. The Vancouver Sun points out that the 38-year-old Member of the Order of Canada (that’s what the C.M. after his name is for) turned pro in 1991, “mere months” after Marino and Ranoic were born.
Canada may be the future of North American tennis, but Andy Roddick is still its present. He won his 30th career title in Memphis today in courageous style. He wasn’t feeling very well going into the match, or that great after it for that matter, but he still managed to hit what he called the best shot of his life (click here to check it out.) Peter Bodo has a nice piece posted at ESPN.com about Roddick’s quest to win his third title in the River City.
Caroline Wozniacki, who will be back at No. 1 on Monday after Kim Clijsters swiped the spot from her last week in Paris, topped off her return to the top with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships. Caroline, who didn’t lose a set all tournament, explains her masterful performance (via WTAtour.com)
“I was hitting the ball cleanly and aggressively. I knew I had to, because if Svetlana is allowed to dictate, she’s just too strong,” Wozniacki said. “It was very important to stay pretty close to the baseline and keep her moving. I’m a player that can play aggressively, I can play defensively, I can mix it up and wait for the right moment. It depends on the opponent and it depends on how I feel.
“I always try to come up with the right answer to win the match.”
Depending on how you feel about Woz, you can pick your fave reply from Sveta.
Kuznetsova via the WTA website: “She’s just a smarter player. That’s it.”
Via The Independent: “She played a basic game and didn’t have to do much,” said a rueful Kuznetsova. “I was just making so many unforced errors.”
Robin Soderling won his third title of the year this weekend in Marseille – out of four tournaments played – beating Marin Cilic 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-3 in the Open 13. The Swede is now 17-1 for the season.
Also on a winning streak is Nicolas Almagro who won his second title in as many weeks this Sunday at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over Juan Ignacio Chela.
Another Spaniard won on clay this weekend: Lourdes Domínguez Lino took our first time finalist Mathilde Johansson in the finals of Bogota.