Rafael Nadal and 10 Players Who Could Clean Up on the Hard Courts

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Rafael Nadal and 10 Players Who Could Clean Up on the Hard Courts

The Olympus U.S. Open Series is in its third week and the summer hard-court season is heating up.

Top players such as Caroline Wozniacki, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer won't make an appearance until the Rogers Masters and Rogers Cup tournaments in Montreal and Toronto. However, the unexpected players are making their mark on the professional tennis scene already this summer.

Mardy Fish won the first event in the Olympus U.S. Open Series, defending his singles title in Atlanta. Last week, he was a finalist at the Farmer's Classic in Los Angeles.

Serena Williams made her return to professional tennis this summer at Wimbledon. She didn't take the title there, but she did take the title at the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday. 

The player entry list for the wheelchair divisions came out yesterday, with the usual suspects leading the pack. Will defending champions Shingo Kunieda and Esther Vergeer be able to claim the title again?

With only a few weeks to go until the year's final major, the players of the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour will be fighting positions among the game's elite. 

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