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Mardy Fish© Getty ImagesMardy Fish has reached four ATP World Tour finals in the past three months.

As the 2010 ATP World Tour season approaches its final quarter, the race to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is set to light up with a wealth of South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points to be earned at the US Open, including 2,000 points for the winner. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, winner at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, has already secured his berth in the elite eight-man field, but who will join him at The O2 in London in November? Buy Tickets | Current Standings

What a difference 30 pounds can make! After undergoing left knee surgery in September 2009, Mardy Fish spent 10 months following a strict diet and training regimeN with trainer Christian LoCascio and the hard yards have seen the American enjoy one of the brightest spells of his tennis career. The 28 year old has reached four ATP World Tour finals in the space of two months and risen from outside the Top 100 in March to No. 21 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings.

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Andy Murray ended a nine-month title drought in some style at the Rogers Cup in Toronto as he became the fifth different player to defeat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same tournament en route to defending his title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. The Scot, working without former coach Miles Maclagan for the second tournament, did not drop a set in either match as he showcased his new attacking style to great effectMatch Report | Watch Highlights

A week later, Federer lifted his first trophy since beating Murray at the Australian Open in January. Working under the gudiance of Pete Sampras' former coach Paul Annacone, he captured the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters title for the fourth time. [Annacone was not in Cincinnati, however.] It was the Swiss superstar's 63rd title, moving him into joint-fifth position with Borg in the list of Open Era (since 1968) title leaders. Match Report | Watch Highlights

Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made history at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, where they won a record-breaking 62nd tour-level doubles title together. The 32-year-old twins broke the record they had previously held jointly with recent Hall-of-Fame inductees Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde. "Sixty-two brings a smile to our face," said Bob. "It's been an emotional ride, talking about it every day for the past couple of months. To finally do it is incredible. There were definitely nerves out there. Our legs felt like jelly, arms spaghetti… It was a flood of emotion." Special Tribute Section

The Californians quickly added more silverware to their staggering collection, winning back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Toronto and Cincinnati, thus returning to the No. 1 positions in the ATP individual and team doubles rankings.

Americans Sam Querrey, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan had a very special chance meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington D.C. The American Davis Cup teammates were at the White House to conduct a tennis clinic featuring the QuickStart play format in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity. Near the conclusion of the tennis clinic, which involved 100 local Washington youths, President Obama made an unexpected appearance and met the players. Watch Feature

"These guys are the best doubles players in the world," the president said of the Bryan brothers. He then told the twins: "I read a great article about you in Sports Illustrated."

"I didn't expect to meet the President today. We stayed a little longer and he showed up out of the blue," Mike said. Bob added: "Tennis has given us a lot and today it was nice to give back. It was a great experience and we'll remember this day for the rest of our lives."

Two ATP World Tour players left the singles ranks in July. In front of guests including Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic married long-time girlfriend and TV host Biljana Sesevic on 4 July in Belgrade. Meanwhile, Czech Radek Stepanek married former WTA Tour pro Nicole Vaidisova in a Prague castle on 17 July.

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