French Open 2014: Preview and Top Storylines at Roland Garros

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French Open 2014: Preview and Top Storylines at Roland Garros
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Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the 2013 French Open.

The 2014 French Open arrives with the same two players who entered the 2013 French Open as favorites, front-runners again.

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, less dominant on clay this season, remain the players to beat at Roland Garros. 

Nadal and Williams are ranked No. 1 and thus will be seeded No. 1. Can they defend their titles? Will either make history? 

Qualifying rounds kick off Tuesday. Brackets for the main draw will be decided Friday. Competition begins Sunday at 5:30 a.m. ET. You can catch the action via live stream at Roland-Garros TV

It's been a weird, almost wacky clay-court season. Narratives and momentum changed as swiftly as the dust blows at Roland Garros.

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka played in an all-Swiss final in Monte Carlo. A few weeks later, in Rome, they were both gone by the second round. Fresh off a Sony Open title win, Serena Williams lost to some unknown in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup.

Novak Djokovic had a wrist-injury scare that went from possibly season-ruining to something minor. Maria Sharapova was asked about being the queen of clay one week. The next week, she was defeated by Ana Ivanovic in Rome. 

Still, with all the change, much stays the same. As the dust settles at Roland Garros, the same big names—Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Williams and Sharapova—are grabbing the headlines.

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