Rafael Nadal has mastered the dirt season for close to a decade, but it's his main rival, Novak Djokovic, who heads into Monte Carlo en fuego, writes Greg Garber.
Novak Djokovic is hoping to parlay his spring sweep at Indian Wells and Miami into a maiden French Open crown.
With stars strewn all over the grounds, Tuesday's results had significant ramifications at the Sony Open.
Novak Djokovic, who won Indian Wells, is peaking at the right time, but not all his Big Four cohorts can say the same, writes Greg Garber.
Novak Djokovic played the match of the day, but it was Rafael Nadal who closed in on history.
No one is hotter than Rafael Nadal this summer, but an old friend could cool him down at the US Open.
It was a gloomy atmosphere -- until Andy Murray decided to make his comeback.
With all the doom and gloom from this past week, Novak Djokovic keeps on rolling.
Roger. Rafa. Murray. They're all in the safe half of the draw. Advantage, Djokovic.
Before the turmoil and anxiety, the players were out prepping for Wimbledon. And not surprisingly, the mood was rather jolly.
Novak Djokovic did something pretty usual for a top-tier player this year at Wimbledon. He won.
It came as no surprise that Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open again, but there were some shockers during the fortnight (see Federer, Roger).
With Rafael Nadal's eighth French Open title, he's now set a new standard in tennis.
For the record, Rafael Nadal is not perfect at Roland Garros. He once lost. Once, that is.
Quite frankly, this one was exhausting to watch. But Rafael Nadal ended his marathon semifinal in a familiar place.
Make no mistake. While most eyes will be on Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic, France will be in lockdown when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes the court.