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Two men, both listed in the newly released ATP Top 10 men’s tennis rankings fought two separate battles on a single weekend in July. Whilst one was triumphant in his tennis match, the other lost out.

German Tennis Championship: This weekend saw the finals of the German Tennis Championship in Hamburg, with Gilles Simon defeating Nicolas Almagro. While both parties were highly admiring about the other’s skills to tennis news sites, it was Almagro who regained a top 10 spot in the ATP rankings, despite Simon’s win in the tennis tournament. The two hour tennis match was won 6-4 4-6 6-4 after the opponents won a set each, with Simon clinching the final set in spite of making some vital errors. The points from the final helped to elevate Almagro from no.14 in the ATP standings back into the top 10.

Atlanta Tennis championships: Across the ocean, another member of the ATP’s top rated men’s tennis players, Mardy Fish, won the Atlanta Tennis Championship final against John Isner. 2011 is the second consecutive year in which the two players have faced off against one another and Fish has come out victorious.

Fish is currently the only US tennis player in the ATP top 10 male ranks. He has retained the no. 9 seed. One of the reasons that Fish has attributed his tennis championship win is down to improved fitness, which helped him to come back from a tie-break and triumph over Isner this weekend.

With tournaments such as Wimbledon and French Open complete, all eyes are now on the 2011 US Open for the perennial late summer classic.

John Casson is a contributing writer for the Imagine Sports Network which provides baseball, soccer, and tennis news. He has written about multiple sports and has followed tennis tournaments for many years and he has posted on a tennis blog as well as a tennis forum.

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