Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still very much formidable. But neither heads into Indian Wells as one of the best two players in the world.
With victories over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic last year, everyone thought John Isner was on his way to stardom, but reality has yet to meet expectations, Howard Bryant writes.
Does tennis have a PED problem? In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant says that if players were smart, they'd start demanding some answers to the questions haunting their sport.
For Howard Bryant, 2012 will be remembered not only for the great players and the great matches and the terrific storylines, but also for the individual, sometimes history-shifting moments of competition.
Howard Bryant wonders if John Isner, Janko Tipsarevic and David Ferrer have reached their ceiling as players
The 2012 Grand Slam season will be remembered by many things, but the most significant of them is that it was the year the men's Big 3 evolved into the Fantastic 4, Howard Bryant writes.
Let's be real here: This is Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open title to lose. But that doesn't mean the other three guys won't try to steal the spotlight.
With Rafa Nadal out, there is a chance for a player such as David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych to break through to the semifinals at the U.S. Open.
Novak Djokovic is no longer invincible, but that doesn't mean he can't win the U.S. Open.
Andy Murray says history doesn't bother him. But it bothers plenty of other people.
Rafa is home, Rufus is missing and Serena is struggling. And that's only a small sample of a bizarre week.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a heartbreaking loss at the French Open. And that might be the best thing that could have happened to him.
After a nice, long break, Rafael Nadal reminded Novak Djokovic, and all of us, why he owns the French Open.
Rafael Nadal proved he never had a tennis problem, just a Novak Djokovic problem. One that ended in Paris.
Nothing can stand in the way of Novak Djokovic's and Rafael Nadal's bid for history -- except each other.
Impressive? Nah. Breathtaking? Better. But Rafael Nadal's play has been nothing short of frightening.