of Switzerland as well as top Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake all were upset victims.
Saturday's win was Nadal's 28th match win in a row and places him closer to a probable jump to the world
number one ranking after the Olympics in three weeks. Included in Nadal's impressive win streak are title
victories at the French Open and Wimbledon. In the semifinals Nadal defeated Britian's Andy Murray 7-6(7-2),
6-3 and faces Nicolas Kiefer of Germany in today's final at 1:30pm local time.
“My only expectation is to try and play a good match tomorrow, and if possible win the title,” Nadal told
reporters Saturday. “I said when I arrive here I don’t think about number one, I don’t think about the hardcourt
season or US Open or Olympics, I think about Toronto.”
Before winning Wimbledon this year, Nadal had won at the French Open the last four years. The lefthander
has never lost a match at the French Open.
9th ranked Safina, the younger sister of former world number one player Marat Safin, powered her way
the French Open final last month and last night defeated would be world number one Jelena Jankovic of
Serbia 7-6(7-3), 6-1 with a mix of aggressive groundstrokes, consistent play and improved fitness. A title
win today would have awarded the 2nd ranked Jankovic the world's number one ranking despite her never having
reached a grand slam final.
“It’s just clicked,” said Safina. “I’m trusting and listening to (my coach and trainer). I know it’s the
right way every time I step on court.”
In today's final at the East West Bank Classic at Los Angeles at 2:00pm local time, Safina meets Flavia
Pennetta of Italy.