The persistent Croats finished off team USA today as Marin Cilic defeated James Blake in 4 sets to seal the 3-1 victory over the Americans (which became 3-2 after USA won the dead rubber). Can they continue their winning ways and win the Davis Cup? Honestly, I could see Czech Republic or Spain knocking them off, but I wouldn't be surprised if Croatia ended up winning the championship again.
Talk about a feel-good story. This years Newport winner is Rajeev Ram, a lucky loser, who not only battled through the rain-filled draw after losing in the qualifying rounds to win the singles title, but he also won the doubles title! He became the first lucky loser this year to win an ATP title and I predict he will be the last to pull off such a feat.
The Szavay Family
This week in Budapest was a week long celebration for the Szavay family. Agnes Szavay won the singles title over Patty Schnyder and had a number of thrilling victories along the way. This being her first title since 2007 where she had her breakout year, peaking with her quarterfinal US Open run and her Beijing title. Also in action, Agnes' sister, Blanca Szavay received a wildcard into the qualifying draw and won one match before falling to eventual qualifier, Timea Bacsinszky. The sisters also teamed up and entered the doubles main draw in Budapest.
And this week's Losers:
Not only does this determined Dane seem to play a lot of events, but she fails to win many of them. Wozniacki has already entered 16 events this year, winning only 2 titles and receiving 5 losses to players outside of the top 50. Once again, the Dane lost in the finals of Bastad to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets and on her 19th birthday.
All credit to team Israel, who defeated Russia 4-1 in Davis Cup, but Russia has no business losing to the Israelis. Specifically, Igor Andreev's opening day loss to Levy of Israel set the tone of tie. Russia only has themselves to blame. They were missing big gun Nikolay Davydenko, while Israel had all of their top players there. But once again, Russia should have not lost this tie.
Well there you have it! This week's biggest winners and losers on both the ATP and WTA!