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By Chris Oddo | Monday, July 28, 2014

Sock and Pospisil, Atlanta 2014

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil--aka PospiSock--have yet to lose in 10 career doubles tilts.

Photo Source: Kevin Cox/ Getty

Another week is in the books, and a fresh batch of heroes—and zeros—to go with it. With tour stops in Umag, Gstaad, Atlanta, Baku and Nanchang, there was a little bit of something for everybody.

Hero: Pablo Cuevas

The 28-year-old Uruguayan has resurrected his career in a gigantic way in 2014. At his first event of this season, a challenger in Santiago, Chile, Cuevas came in at 224 in the rankings. That was February. Six months later the smooth-hitting Uruguayan has two ATP titles under his belt and a brand spanking new career-high ranking of No. 40 in the world.

After winning his maiden title in Bastad three weeks ago, Cuevas showed up in Umag as a qualifier, reached the semis (along with the top three seeds), and proceeded to knock off the tournament’s top two seeds (Fognini in the semis and Robredo in the final) en route to another eyebrow-raising title.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of Cuevas now that the tennis will be played primarily on hard courts until next spring, but with virtually zero points to make up between now and next summer, Cuevas will certainly have a good chance to climb higher in the rankings.

Zero: Neil Harman

The big question regarding Neil Harman’s decision to plagiarize the Wimbledon yearbook and make it an annual tradition to go with strawberries and cream: Why? You’re one of the top tennis writers in the world. You’re intelligent, witty, talented, and all the doors are open for you. You’ve got access to the tour and a great reputation in the public eye. Why risk it all so stupidly? Was it just to make an easy buck? Well, if that’s the case, then shame on you Neil Harman. In an industry where there are hardly enough jobs to go around to the one percent of journalists lucky to earn a livable wage, to have one of the world’s top journalists hogging all the work and plagiarizing much of it is only worthy of one thing: Anger and resentment. People are starving out here, Neil, begging for writing gigs. And you take one of the best gigs in all the world and defecate all over it? Sorry, no sympathy here.

That all said, Miguel Seabra does make a good point. Neil made a huge mistake, but he isn’t the devil incarnate. Let’s learn the lesson and move on from this…

Hero: Pablo Andujar

Andujar clocked his first title in more than two years, taking out Juan Monaco in the Gstaad final, and rising from 71 to 44 in the world as a result. Nice to see Andujar get rewarded for his hard work. Remember, he suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Rafael Nadal earlier this season at Rio, when he failed to convert his two match points to secure what would have been the biggest win of his career. He ended up losing that match, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(10), but on Sunday in Gstaad Andujar got his due, notching his third title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Juan Monaco.


Zero: Kevin Anderson

Disappointing result for the second-seeded Anderson, as the big South African fell in his first match to Thiemo de Bakker in Atlanta (a tournament that he really should have done some damage in), 6-4, 7-5.


Hero: PospiSock

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil, the new dynamic duo of the men's doubles kingdom, continued their red-hot form last week, racing to the the BBT Atlanta Open title to increase their winning streak to 10. The Wimbledon title winners have never lost. We repeat: NEVER LOST!


The North American duo are currently No. 7 in the race to London, and they’ve made plans to play Toronto, Cincy and the US Open. It will be interesting to see if they can further solidify their ranking between now and then.

Some more studs and duds from the week that was

Stud: Elina Svitolina

The 19-year-old Ukrainian became the only active teenager to have claimed multiple WTA titles by taking out Bojana Jovanovski in the Baku Cup final. Svitolina is the first teenager to have claimed multiple titles since 2011, when Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova achieved the feat.


Dud: Sorana Cirstea

As top seed in Baku, the Romanian fell hard in the second round, 6-1, 6-1 to Stefanie Voegele. It was a slight improvement for Cirstea, as she made it out of the first round for only the second time in her last 10 events, dating all the way back to Indian Wells.


Stud: Borna Coric

The 17-year-old Croatian played some sparkling tennis in reaching his first career ATP quarterfinal. Coric became the youngest quarterfinalist in Umag since Rafael Nadal in 2003, and he nearly reached the semifinals. It took a valiant effort by Fabio Fognini to keep the kid at bay after Coric had taken the first set and forced a second-set tiebreaker against the top seed.


Stud: Peng Shuai

The world No. 41 won the inaugural Nanchang 125K event, for her biggest career title to date.


Notes and Quotes, Tweets and Beats

Does Serena look ready for hard court season? We think so. Can you say washboard abs?


Thanks for the memories, Bobby Reynolds and congrats on going out a winner!

Taylor Townsend is a dud for nailing her partner in the head with a forehand so hard that she ended up with a concussion, but she’s a stud for playing doubles by herself and nearly winning a game >>>

There’s a new promotion in here somewhere… “Buy a ticket for a chance to get drunk with Andy Murray in a beer garden!!!”


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