Based on 2014, we have no clue what to expect from Serena Williams this season, but there are a couple of young Americans ready to break through.
Make no mistake: Kei Nishikori's run to the US Open final was no aberration. Matter of fact, he might go one round further this season.
The sky has been falling for a long time for the Americans men on clay. And there's nothing to suggest this will change anytime soon.
In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes that Rafael Nadal heads into the French Open haunted by a bad back, low confidence and, most daunting of all, the specter of facing Novak Djokovic.
The final result at Indian Wells seemed almost secondary in what was another epic between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, writes Howard Bryant.
With so much on the line, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have nothing to prove -- or do they, writes Howard Bryant.
No one questions how wonderfully gifted Agnieszka Radwanska is, but a fatal lack of power has kept her from joining the elite, writes Howard Bryant.
If you like a flashy shot-maker who defies a lot of what today's game is, we have just the guy for you: Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Novak Djokovic is already one of the greatest players ever, but to cement a truly elite legacy he needs to get busy winning more Grand Slam titles, writes Howard Bryant.
Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer find themselves at crossroads as the 2014 season kicks off.
The Nadal-Djokovic rivalry is more about attacking, than one of finesse, reason for which it has blossomed into tennis' main event, Howard Bryant writes.
The US Open semifinals feature a pair of interesting underdogs, but a Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal final seems inevitable at this point, writes Howard Bryant.
Rafael Nadal's adjustments on hard courts have paid off so far, but he is about to be tested on the biggest stage, writes Howard Bryant.
It's good to be a big man in tennis these days -- well most of the time.
Ready or not, here comes the irrepressible Rafael Nadal. And no, it's not on the comfort of clay.
John Isner once again appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but Howard Bryant wonders whether Isner's weak return game will once again undermine his ascent.