Persistence to keep Sony Ericsson Open best-of-five final fails
The Sony Ericsson Open and a best-of-five men's final used to conflate just like a horse and carriage and love and marriage. But that's no longer the case.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- For many years the Sony Ericsson Open was called the fifth Grand Slam.
Somewhere along the line that distinction went by the wayside when the tennis pooh-bahs concluded the distinction was affording the tournament too much clout. So now it is referred to as the fifth most important tournament in the world, which for many seems just like a bit of semantics.
Fifth Grand Slam, fifth most important tournament -- the bottom line is that across the board ...
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SONY ERICSSON OPEN
Women's singles: Serena Williams
Men's singles: Nikolay Davydenko
Features• Wilansky: Paying homage to Agassi's feats
• Ford: Davydenko has career breakthrough
• Harwitt: Best-of-five final goes by the wayside
• Tennis.com: Nadal or Davydenko
• Tennis.com: Serena or Jankovic?
• Ford: Men's road to the Miami Final Four
• Ford: Roddick finally gets over hump
• Ford: Roddick looking to snap streak vs. Federer
• Drucker: Five unintelligent tennis moments
• Harwitt: Blake searching for first Masters title
• Ford: Kournikova enjoying life after WTA Tour
• Ford: Midway through Miami musings
• Ford: Anderson stuns Djokovic in Miami
• Ford: Henin ready to get season on track
Blogs• Bodo: Champion's fatigue setting in
• Bodo: Djokovic, Ivanovic can't double up
• Indian Wells-Miami double onerous task
• Tennis.com: Serena best part-time player ever
Results• Sunday: Davydenko sweeps away Nadal
• Saturday: Serena holds off Jankovic
• Friday: Nadal gets by Berdych
• Thursday: Roddick shocks Federer
• Wednesday: Nadal rolls by Blake
• Tuesday: Serena routs Henin; Blake, Federer win
• Monday: Serena Williams eases into quarters
• Sunday: Davenport topples Ivanovic
• Youzhny bashes own skull