U.S. Open Summer Hard Court Series Thus Far

Hello all, It's about time to update you all on the U.S. Summer Series thus far. Mardy Fish and John Isner roared out the the start in Atlanta, each easily making the final where John Isner, with Championship points, couldn't convert, leaving the door open for Fish to swim through for the win.

Then, came the ATP Farmer's classic in Los Angelas where Fish made it the final against career underachiever Ernests Gulbis. Gulbis finally stepped up and won in the final.

After that was the Legg Mason Cup in Washington D.C. The Czech Radek Stepanek made it to the final with three straight upsets, as did Frenchman Gael Monfils. They battled until it was Czech-Mate. Stepanek won 6-4 6-4 in a surprising victory.

Then, on to Canada, Montreal to be exact. Early losses by Andy Murray and Rafal Nadal left the field wide open. Roger Federer was the next to fall, losing for the second straight time to the Muhammad Ali look-a-like Frenchman

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And Fish, yet again battled into the final against the 52-1 Novak Djokovic, who's only loss came the Federer in the French Semis. They battled back and forth splitting the first 2 sets. The third set was Djokovic's from the beginning, but trying to serve out the match at 5-3, and up 40-0 he faltered, opening the door for Fish to come back, but at deuce, Nole hit an ace and on Ad in, Fish ripped forehand long, giving Nole yet another Masters championship.

This year has been all about Novak Djokovic. And in Cincinnati this week, he's trying to win another Masters.

Tune into ESPN to see the matches. Today, Roger Federer takes on American hopeful James Blake, Novak Djokovic plays Radek Stapanek, Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro, Andy Murray beat American Alex Bogomolov Jr., Gael Monfils takes on Germany's Phillipp Kohlschreiber, American Mardy Fish takes on Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer takes on Gilles Simon, and in the best match of the tournament so far, Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6(5) (4)6-7 7-6(9). Nadal hasn't lost to Verdasco in 12 tries. After 5 match points in the third tie-break, Nadal came through with the win.

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