Well, well, well: Will you look at who else won titles over the weekend?
David Ferrer snapped Juan Carlos Ferrero's winning streak at 14, beating him in the finals in Acapulco. Alisa Kleybanova won in Malaysia, stopping heavy favorite Elena Dementieva. And in Delray Beach, Ernests Gulbis won his first career title.
Now, let's talk about these results and some of the impact they have on things going forward:
•I think I'll start with Delray Beach, and what was a little bit of a shocker to me in that Gulbis even got that far in the tournament. I always knew he was über-talented; I just didn't expect him to be able to string together a good tournament yet. But he has in back-to-back weeks now, so maybe the maturity level's ready to match the ability. Something about that final, too: The only other person I've seen handle Ivo Karlovic's serve like that was Andy Murray. Great win for Gulbis!
• With the Malaysia results, I don't know what to think. Congrats to KLeybanova, but I was so sure Elena Dementieva was going to win the event I almost stopped following the results! See, I've raised the bar on Dementieva: I need to see capable-of-winning-a-Slam form every time out from her until she gets one.
• In Acapulco, Ferrer got his revenge on JCF from last week, and this is the one I'm not totally surprised about. Ferrero's been playing a lot of tennis the past few weeks, so a long match against one of the greatest grinders in the world is going to be a tough prospect. Props to Ferrer for getting it done! And a shout-out, too, to Ferrero for a very nice streak.
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