Monday will see Andy Murray return to Centre Court at Wimbledon in a bid to repeat his historic success from last year. Here I run the rule over the potential contenders for the third Grand Slam event of the year, and it looks as if it could be one of the most unpredictable major events in recent years, following this morning's draw.
The grass court swing got underway last weekend with two very popular minor tournaments in London and Halle. Federer, Nadal, Murray, Raonic, Berdych and Wawrinka were all in action as all of the players ramped up their preparations for Wimbledon.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the first week of grass court play in 2014:
Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the same Grand Slam event nine times with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic in today's final.
It looked a near certainty even before the first balls were hit in Paris two weeks ago that we'd witness another final between Djokovic and Nadal on Philippe Chatrier. For the first time in years, the bookmakers' had Rafa down as the underdog, and Novak seemed to justify his billing as narrow favourite by taking the opening set. What followed was an intriguing clash which perhaps lacked the quality of many of their 41 previous meetings, but what will fittingly go down as one of 2014's most attritious tennis matches:
Philippe Chatrier is tomorrow's setting for what is, for many, the most highly-anticipated clash of the second round at Roland Garros, as up-and-coming Dominic Thiem takes on eight-time French Open champion and top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday's second match.
Here's all you need to know about the Austrian upstart and where the match will be won and lost:
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:
It's just a few days until the start of the 2014 French Open now, so to continue my series of preview articles, I now take a look back at six matches from last year's event that will live long in the memory.
Here's a countdown of the most memorable matches of Roland Garros 2013. Tell me which was your favourite in the poll and comments section.
Rafael Nadal heads to Paris in search of a record-breaking 9th French Open title next week after what has been, by his standards, a difficult clay court campaign in 2014.
A lot has been made of the world number one's losses to David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Novak Djokovic since the beginning of the clay swing, but he's still the bookies' favourite to succeed once again at Roland Garros, and here's why:
For the fourth time, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic locked horns in the final of the Rome Masters, and it was another clash to remember, as the Serb rallied from a set down to clinch his third title in The Eternal City.
Here's how Sunday's final panned out and the implications of this result ahead of Roland Garros:
Two big guns took on two young guns in the Internazionali BNL D'Italia on Saturday, with a pair of tantalising clashes in store.
Here's my round-up of the semi-finals at the final clay court Masters 1000 event of the year, and a look forward to tomorrow's final:
Four much-anticipated ties took place on Friday with rivalries renewed, breakthroughs made and epic clashes settled.
The quarter-final stage of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia didn't disappoint, and here's a recap of the action, along with some predictions for tomorrow's semi-finals: