Rafael Nadal - Toronto
Rafa continued his dominance of the ATP Tour this past week by winning his second Rogers Masters shield by dismissing surprise finalist Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2. His current stats are gawdy: 29 straight wins, 61 match wins and 7 titles this season, 12 Masters Series shields, 30 career titles (3rd youngest to reach 30 behind Bjorn Borg + Jimmy Connors respectively), and a 30-8 record in ATP finals. The Spaniard has a strong chance of taking the top ranking this week in Cincinnati - a fitting prize for the best baller this year.
Dinara Safina - LA
Dinara is looking all the part of a future Grand Slam champion these days. The big-balling Russian earned her second title this season by dismantling Italy's Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 in LA. Oh yeah - she also stopped Jelena Jankovic's continuing quest for the top ranking by defeating the Serb in the semifinals. Does anyone else see shades of Lindsay Davenport in the game of the evolving Russian?
Sara Errani - Portoroz
Sara continued her Rafa-inspired trophy-biting ways this past weekend, earning her second consecutive title by defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3. The 21-year old has now won 10 consecutive matches.