Poor Andy’s back



A clay curse continues to plague American Andy Roddick as he was forced to pull out of his semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka at last week’s Masters Series Rome tournament. The culprit? Back spasms.

We would never wish an injury on anyone (ever) and especially not against Andy, but if an injury can lead to photos like this…?

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I’ll let you in on a secret



I have a thing for people who can breakdance.

But I think I will draw the line at the Worm. Put it back in the hole, Radek!

Here’s the Czech celebrates after defeating top seed Roger Federer in the quarters of last week’s Masters Series Rome. (Stepanek’s fiancee, Nicole Vaidisova, was there to cheer him on.)

In his press conference, Roger cut short any questions about the loss, making sure to point out that the straight-set match was close — two tiebreaks — and that he had led in both before losing 7-4 and 9-7.

The extra days of rest will hopefully get him revved and ready to defend his title this week in Hamburg.

Trophy Watch: the race to the French shapes up



Nole Djokovic was the last man standing after a week of upsets and injuries at the Masters Series Rome. He beat Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on the Italian dirt.

About Wawrinka’s getup at the trophy ceremony, Randy “Sky” Walker wrote, “Ugh!” Those Adi Dassler tributes aren’t exactly for such a grand occasion, I guess.

It’s deep: The clay season is totally up in the air, with the men in the top seven spots having no more than two clay titles a piece: Federer, Estoril; Nadal, Monte Carlo and Barcelona; Djokovic, Australian and Rome; Ferrer, Valencia; Nalbandian, the Copa Telmex. Davydenko (Miami) and Roddick (Dubai, San Jose) have none. So who is going to take Roland Garros?

Insert me here?

Dinara Safina had a crazy week, taking out Justine Henin (Trivia: who was the last woman to beat Justine Henin and possibly forced her retirement from tennis?), Serena Williams and then Russian Elena Dementieva 3-6 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

Elena in Yonex. This is the same pink that she wore during the Australian Open but just in a different cut; this one has pleats. <3

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Oh, Mirka!



Harajuku Lover: Mirka Vavrinec watches boyfriend Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the third round of the Masters Series Rome.

Federer next faces Radek Stepanek in the Foro Italico.

rome’s fashion highlights: davydenko and serena



Although many players were rockin’ the pink and purple this week (including Patty Schnyder and Svetlana Kuznetsova), it was Serena Williams who ran away with it, combining both colors in her Nike outfit. She even mixed it up with different accessories: a cap one day, and different colored headbands for the other two matches:

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(What do you think of Serena’s ensemble? Tell us.)

Meanwhile, Russian Nikolay Davydenko continues his love affair with clothier Airness, who has showered him with variations on his current uniform. We saw four versions in three color ways just this week — red, orange, and baby blue. Which means he had more costume changes than Serena:

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