Novak Djokovic is nearing the end of his great quest. But he'll have to beat the game's best and fend off the mounting pressure first.
Fernando Verdasco and Carlos Berlocq will play for the Swedish Open title Sunday.
Roger Federer will play this month at the German championships in Hamburg, adding a second ATP tournament to his unexpected clay-court schedule in July.
Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey withdrew from the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship before his second-round match Thursday because of a strained right pectoral muscle.
Martin Alund of Argentina wore down Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships before rain washed out the rest of the day's schedule.
American Jamie Hampton will face Sara Errani in the opening match of Fed Cup series against Italy on Saturday.
The last time the Czechs played Spain in the Davis Cup final, they were swept 5-0 on clay in Barcelona.
Rafael Nadal plans to play at the Mexican Open in February, although the fourth-ranked Spaniard expects to return before the Australian Open.
Rain may have changed the date for the women's final, but no one could change the eventual outcome as Serena Williams steamrolled to her fourth U.S. Open title.
The defending champion U.S. men's volleyball team opened Olympic play Sunday by sweeping Serbia behind Matt Anderson's 18 points.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday, becoming the latest top seed to lose on the new blue-clay court.
Novak Djokovic knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. And it'll be no different in Madrid.
Qualifier Michael Russell took advantage of the ailing Mardy Fish for a 6-3, 6-1 victory Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
Defending champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 Friday to reach the clay-court Brazil Open semifinals.
Four days after losing the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal will play for Spain on Friday in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup semifinal against France.
Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Spanish showdown to reach the semifinals of the clay-court Mercedes Cup.