2011 French Open Preview: Who's Hot? Who's Not? Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray?

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2011 French Open Preview: Who's Hot? Who's Not? Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray?
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The French Open gets underway on May 22, 2011, and the top four in men’s tennis will all be vying for the championship trophy on the grounds of Stade Roland Garros.  Each man feels he has the right recipe for success on the red clay.

Rafael Nadal, who has won five of the last six French Open trophies, will be looking to equal the record of Swede Bjorn Borg in 2011 by winning his sixth title.

Roger Federer appeared in four consecutive French Open finals from 2006-2009, finally winning his first championship in 2009.  Federer will be seeking to win his second title at Stade Roland Garros and career grand slam title No. 17 in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is on a 37-match winning streak having just beaten world No. 1 Nadal on his favored clay surface in both Madrid and Rome.  In fact, Djokovic has pulled to within 405 ranking points of Nadal now cemented in the No. 1 spot.

Andy Murray, who showed he has the right stuff by playing Djokovic to the wire in the Rome semifinals, is back in the discussion and edging closer to the No. 3 seed Federer. Will the Scot continue to show marked improvement on the clay?

Who's hot? Who's not? Stay tuned for further analysis.

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