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  1. Things could get worse for Rafa in Madrid

    Peter Bodo

    If Rafael Nadal wanted to put a little pressure on himself, he couldn't have picked a better time than last week, when he lost to a fellow Spaniard on a red clay court for the second time in as many weeks. A few weeks ago it was David Ferrer bounc...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  2. Only Wawrinka has a clear head these days

    Peter Bodo

    Tennis pros don't like working under distracting conditions any more than the rest of us do, which suggests that the upcoming clay-court Masters events and the French Grand Slam will be an interesting test of the top players' ability to focus. As ...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  3. Clay intrigue for women, not for men

    Peter Bodo

    The clay-court swing is officially underway, the first blow struck by Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who won on the green clay of Charleston last Sunday. There are WTA events underway this week in Katowice, Poland, and Bogota, Colombia, where top se...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  4. Red clay just what Isner, U.S. men need

    Peter Bodo

    John Isner won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston on Sunday, on the same surface -- red clay -- where all of the ATP action up to and including the French Open will take place over the next two months. Ordinarily, that would be a ...

    Blog | April 15, 2013
  5. Tennis - Red clay of the Monte Carlo Masters just what John Isner...

    Peter Bodo

    John Isner won Houston. Great. But what he and most of the U.S. men need is a good, long and successful run on the European red clay.

    Blog | Conversation | April 15, 2013
  6. Time to get dirty for the game's best

    Peter Bodo

    With the clay-court season upon us, it's a good time to evaluate what's at stake for the players who will soon constitute a true "dirty dozen" -- the top six ATP and WTA pros, who will spend much time in the coming weeks trying to wash away...

    Blog | April 13, 2012
  7. Tennis - Time to get dirty for the game's best

    Peter Bodo

    Ah, the many manifestations of clay. We'll find out what kind of mark it leaves on the game's top 12 players in the coming days.

    Blog | Conversation | April 13, 2012
  8. Time to stir up the master-of-dirt debate

    Peter Bodo

    PARIS -- Now that Rafael Nadal has equaled Bjorn Borg's record by winning the French Open six times, the conversation will begin in earnest: Which one deserves to be ranked the greatest clay-court player of all time? The fact we can officially ...

    Blog | June 05, 2011
  9. What does Novak Djokovic's title mean?

    Peter Bodo

    Thinking about the way Novak Djokovic handled Rafael Nadal in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, extending his unbeaten streak to 34 matches and halting Nadal's streak of clay-court wins at 37, I'm tempted to utter those three fateful word...

    Blog | May 09, 2011
  10. Players who must master the clay crucible

    Peter Bodo

    The European clay-court circuit, the second segment of the Grand Slam year, begins in earnest Tuesday for the ATP at Monte Carlo. The men have really built something valuable and durable in this circuit; I think of it as the "Roland Garros Series," a...

    Blog | April 11, 2011
  11. Will Nadal, Federer eat Djoker's dust?

    Peter Bodo

    I remember when Rafael Nadal was desperately trying to catch up to the pacesetter on the ATP Tour, working to expand beyond his clay-court empire and get within striking distance of the top. And I recall when Roger Federer was likewise engaged, hopin...

    Blog | March 25, 2011
  12. French Open: Rafael Nadal already Bjorn Borg's equal

    Peter Bodo

    Rafael Nadal has everything Bjorn Borg had -- and more. But can we sit here today and tell you he's the greatest clay-court player ever?

    Blog | Conversation | June 07, 2010
  13. Serbian Open: Sam Querrey and John Isner creating a buzz

    Peter Bodo

    With a combined height of 13 feet, 3 inches, Sam Querrey and John Isner aren't your typical clay-court cats. But they're giving the U.S. reason for optimism heading into Roland Garros.

    Blog | Conversation | May 10, 2010
  14. Any doubts who the French favorites are?

    Peter Bodo

    Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin won important clay-court titles Sunday, and you couldn't blame the two if they performed a duet of that old sing-along tune, "Happy Days are Here Again." Nadal and Henin have a grand total of eight French Open titl...

    Blog | May 03, 2010
  15. French Open: Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin are favorites, without a...

    Peter Bodo

    They say clay is the great equalizer. Try selling that theory to the opponents of Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin, who are the prohibitive favorites to bag the main prize in Paris.

    Blog | Conversation | May 03, 2010
  16. Stosur not your typical clay-court player

    Peter Bodo

    Ordinarily, this blog post would be about the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, as that event had more heft than the WTA event in Charleston. But I worked the Rafael Nadal territory pretty fully last week, and just as expected, he demonstrated ...

    Blog | April 19, 2010