Despite the relatively straightforward progression of most of the big names in the first two rounds of this year's Championships, David Ferrer is one of a significant handful of seeded players booking his flight home earlier than expected. An expected quarter-final opponent for defending champion Andy Murray, the Spaniard suffered his earliest loss in a Grand Slam since Australia 2010.
With the qualifying rounds now in their final stages of completion, the draw is nearly full for this year's French Open, which will see Rafael Nadal gun for his 9th title in Paris and Novak Djokovic pursue his career slam.
Friday's draw ceremony threw up some interesting prospective clashes. Here, I analyse how it panned out for some of this year's key participants:
Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka have recently joined the elite group of men who have won a Grand Slam title, Murray's US Open victory in 2012 coming after a streak that saw Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic win 29 of 30 major titles.
In this article I analyse the players looking to be the next to add their names to the illustrious list:
This morning I discussed the reasons why Rafael Nadal will still go into Roland Garros as the man to beat, despite his indifferent clay form that could easily have seen him go to Paris without a title since Rio de Janeiro.
Here's a look at some of the main contenders to topple the Spaniard at the 2014 French Open, and how I think they'll ultimately fare at the second Grand Slam event of the year:
We're approaching the business end of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia and there's no shortage of exciting clashes to look forward to on Friday.
Here's my say on today's round three matches, as well as some statistics and predictions for tomorrows quarter-finals:
Novak's Back and Stan Storms Through
Attention turned to some of the big guns on the second day of the Rome Masters, with fans keen to see how Novak Djokovic fared on his return from a wrist injury, and how the Australian Open champion would bounce back from his surprise loss to Dominic Thiem last week in Madrid. Here are the main talking points from the first set of second round match-ups: