Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal talks to the press during his first training after his knee injury on July 20, 2009 in Manacor, on the Spanish Island of Mallorca. Rafael Nadal, who has lost his French Open and Wimbledon titles, as well as his world number one spot, in a summer of injury misery, plans to return at the Montreal Masters in August.
The dog days of summer are upon us.
Last year, Gilles Simon and Juan Martin del Potro stormed into the Top 10 with some surprise and some expectation. Something tells me only one of the will defend a good chunk of points he earned in the lead up to the US Open, and I can't even say I'm sure about that.
How will the recent world No. 1 fare coming back from rehabilitation and family disarray?
How will the top American Andy Roddick recover from an injury absence and the heartbreak of another Wimbledon title that got away?
Will Serena Williams stay healthy and play a fuller summer than she has in recent years?
How will the new mother Kim Clijsters, returning from her relatively brief retirement, handle all the new girls?
Will Venus Williams finally get herself back to a US Open final?
Will Elena Dementieva?
It seems to me the only top player around which there is no question mark is none other than Roger Federer.