The clay-court season begins and ends with Rafael Nadal. But here are a few other players to keep a close eye on as the tour moves to dirt, writes Kamakshi Tandon.
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka continue their growing rivalry in the semifinals, but can either challenge Serena Williams?
The top players have become more dominant on all surfaces, thanks to consistent playing styles and less variation between the speed of the different surfaces.
Rafael Nadal still has seven matches to go before he can take the title in Paris, but has he already taken the title of the greatest-ever player on clay?
The French Open is just a few days away, and naturally the Spaniards are ready to rip the stuffing off the tennis ball. But there is one American we should keep a close eye on.
In the midst of arguably his finest year on tour, can Rafael Nadal finally make his mark during the post-US Open stretch?
If you can't beat 'em, don't join 'em. That's the case for many Americans who have decided to stay home and play instead of tackling the European clay events.
Where there's a will, there's a way. And so far, Venus Williams is doing the best she can, given the circumstances.
To play more of less often in the run-up to Roland Garros? -- that is the question. First-round upset victim Sam Querrey didn't seem to have the answer, but he's hardly alone among pros in learning that pace matters.
For most American men raised on asphalt, clay presents anxiety, negativity and ultimately desultory results. Will this vicious circle ever end?
Forget Super Bowl XLIII. This is Federer-Nadal XIX, and when these titans collide in the Australian Open final, make no mistake: Greatness is on the line.