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  1. It's all going to work out perfectly for Federer

    Peter Bodo,

    Roger Federer will find his abandoned form in Madrid, upset Rafael Nadal in the final and head into the French Open in high gear. That's plausible -- right?

    Blog | Conversation | May 04, 2009
  2. Peter Bodo: Roger Federer, take a break and clear your head

    Peter Bodo,

    Wallowing in his current ragged state, perhaps it's time Roger Federer takes a break -- and we mean all the way through the French Open.

    Blog | Conversation | April 17, 2009
  3. How to preserve the game's top dogs

    Peter Bodo,

    It might be difficult to wrap your head around, but it's time to revitalize the challenge-round format, which accords the defending champion the luxury of sitting out until the tournament's final.

    Blog | Conversation | December 05, 2008
  4. Parity versus mediocrity?

    Peter Bodo,

    Baby boomer fans of tennis, spawned during the glory days of growth in the 1970s and '80s, grew up reading Superman comics. Thus, they might nod knowingly if they heard the just concluded French Open described as the triumph of "bizarro world." Ove...

    Blog | Conversation | June 10, 2008
  5. Sharapova's time on clay will come

    Peter Bodo,

    OK, let me climb right out on a limb here, spit on my palms, and get sawing: Maria Sharapova is going to win the French Open. It may not be this year, and it will take a little bit of luck -- like not having to play both of the women against whom her...

    Blog | Conversation | June 01, 2007
  6. What's on line for top nine?

    Peter Bodo,

    Everyone entered in the French Open has his or her own reasons for why winning the dang thing would be so gratifying, but not everyone's reason is as good as Roger Federer's. The polite, well-dressed, well-groomed Swiss is merely playing for a title ...

    Blog | Conversation | May 25, 2007
  7. Serena set for second Slam?

    Peter Bodo,

    Serena Williams suffered a surprising loss last week to Patty Schnyder in one of the final, critical warm-up events for the French Open. Uh-oh. We remember what happened the last time Serena suffered a similar fate on the eve of a major: It was rough...

    Blog | Conversation | May 21, 2007
  8. Can sublime Serbs stop the slide?

    Peter Bodo,

    Less than two years ago, we were in the grip of the Summer of Serbian Love, which gave us its very own version of the legendary Monterey Pop music festival at Roland Garros in the first week of June 2007. Surely you remember: Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivan...

    Blog | Conversation | February 15, 2009
  9. Federer feeling the heat

    Peter Bodo,

    Now that the grass court season is upon us, let's get down to the question on everyone's mind. And this one has been quietly knocking around in the back of peoples' minds since about the middle of the second week of Roland Garros. Will Rafael Nadal, ...

    Blog | Conversation | June 13, 2008
  10. How far can the French fly?

    Peter Bodo,

    It wasn't exactly Barack Obama-grade hope, but during the first week at Roland Garros, the U.S. men -- sans Andy Roddick, who missed the second Grand Slam of the year with a right shoulder injury -- gave American fans plenty of reasons to feel optimi...

    Blog | Conversation | May 30, 2008
  11. Bad case of spring fever for WTA

    Peter Bodo,

    Among other things, the weekend festivities that ushered in the calm before the Roland Garros storm served up a vivid snapshot of where the ATP and WTA are as institutions. In Hamburg, Germany, Rafael Nadal survived another gut-wrencher to snatch a t...

    Blog | Conversation | May 19, 2008
  12. Freaky Slam

    Peter Bodo,

    Wimbledon is the traditional Grand Slam event, Roland Garros is the iron (wo)man major and the U.S. Open is the grueling jewel in the lineup. That leaves the upcoming Australian Open, which is the freaky Slam. The tournament took a quantum leap when...

    Blog | Conversation | January 11, 2008
  13. Russians deliver for home fans

    Peter Bodo,

    If the tournament directors of Australian Open, Roland Garros or Wimbledon were watching the Kremlin Cup finals Sunday, you just know they were scratching (or banging) their heads, asking, "Why can't that be me?" Elena Dementieva and Nikolay Davyde...

    Blog | Conversation | October 15, 2007
  14. Who wins, and why, on grass

    Peter Bodo,

    Back in the day, the men would stagger and lurch into London after Roland Garros and, in panic mode, start making significant changes in the way they thought about the game as well as the actual way they played it. Pete Sampras changed all that, with...

    Blog | Conversation | June 18, 2007
  15. Second half preview

    Peter Bodo,

    Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin, with her newly streamlined name, are once again the reigning champions on the red clay of Roland Garros, and between them they are as formidable a duo as Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg once were. It doesn't make much sense...

    Blog | Conversation | June 11, 2007
  16. Serena caught flat-footed

    Peter Bodo,

    Serena Williams's loss to Justine Henin in a downright lousy match (6-4,6-3) at Roland Garros yesterday was, first and foremost, a reality check. And Serena reacted to it the way most of us would: She went into a mild form of shock, bewildered by the...

    Blog | Conversation | June 06, 2007