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The Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 6th:

  • Al-Maliki: Iraq Defeated Terrorism – Iraq’s prime minister said yesterday that the government has defeated terrorism in the country, a sign of growing confidence after recent crackdowns against Sunni extremists and Shiite militias.
  • Nadal Dethrones Federer At Wimbledon – Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon on Sunday, winning a riveting, five-set marathon to claim his first title at the All England Club and signal a changing of the guard in men’s tennis.
  • Man Rips Off Hitler’s Head at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – A man tore the head off an Adolf Hitler wax figure at Madame Tussauds’ new branch in Berlin in what appeared to be a symbolic protest on the museum’s opening day Saturday, officials said.
  • Poll: Founding Fathers Would Be Disappointed In America – As Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, an overwhelming majority say the 56 signers of that document would be displeased at how the country has turned out.
  • Americans Prefer Candidates Strong On Science – A new poll conducted by Scientists and Engineers for America indicates an overwhelming majority of voters prefer candidates who support research into science and technology, with emphasis on the three E’s: education, environment, and energy. Nice to know,
  • Kerry says McCain lacks judgment to be president – John Kerry Says Republican John McCain Doesn’t Have Judgment To Be President

Venus Williams has won seven majors in her career.

Venus Williams beat sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to win her fifth Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam championship.

It was Venus’ first win over her younger sibling in a Grand Slam final since the 2001 U.S. Open, and evened their career record at 8-8.

Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal, the top two seeds on the ATP side, meet tomorrow in the men’s final for the third time.

Andy Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, lost 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by Janko Tipsarevic.

AP: Former champion Maria Sharapova has been ousted in the second round at Wimbledon by 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva.

Kudryavtseva has recovered an early break in the second set to beat the 2004 champion 6-2, 6-4 on Court 1 on Thursday.

It is Sharapova’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since her first full season on the circuit in 2003. Since her breakthrough at Wimbledon in ’04, Sharapova has added major titles at the 2006 U.S. Open and the last Australian Open.

Kudryavtseva, 20, has never won a WTA Tour title and was playing only her 10th Grand Slam match.

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick has been upset in the second round at Wimbledon, losing to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, was beaten 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by 40th-ranked Tipsarevic, who has never gone past the fourth round at a major.

Roddick reached the semifinals at the grass-court tuneup event at Queen’s, coming back from a shoulder injury that forced him out of the French Open.

He had three set points in the fourth to pull even and eight breakpoint chances overall, but Tipsarevic saved them all.

Rafael Nadal

CNN: The world’s oldest tennis tournament retains many of the same customs and quirks 131 years after it was first staged. It’s the only Grand Slam event still played on grass, despite perennial moans from the clay- and hard-court specialists who struggle to adjust. Players–who are always referred to as “gentlemen” and “ladies”–must wear predominantly white, and the courts are unsullied by conspicuous corporate logos.

And unlike at other tournaments, a 19th-century garden-party atmosphere prevails at Wimbledon, as evident in the classic ritual of eating strawberries and cream and sipping a cup of tea. CONTINUE READING

AP: There have been times this year when Roger Federer’s cloak of infallibility slid from his shoulders, when his absolute dominance against anyone but Rafael Nadal and at any tournament but the French Open wasn’t quite so absolute.