Will Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay”, reign once again at the French Open in 2008? The Spaniard will of course start as favourite for the climax of the clay court season, but there are others hoping to topple him from his throne.
Swiss world number one Roger Federer qualified for the Hamburg tournament's final four on Friday and will face Andreas Seppi, ranked 43rd. Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic also won and will meet on Saturday.
Swiss world number one Roger Federer reached Hamburg's last 8 with a 6-3 6-2 win over Sweden's Robin Soderling. Spain's Rafael Nadal also qualified against UK's Andy Murray while Russia's Nicolay Davydenko lost to German Nicolas Kiefer.
All of the ATP top five qualified for the next round at the Hamburg Masters in Germany. Rafael Nadal struggled to get rid of the tenacious Italian Potito Starace (6-4, 7-6), but it was an easy ride for the others. (Picture April 2008)
Top-seeded Justine Henin has announced her early retirement from the courts just a few days ahead of the French Open tennis tournament. The 25-year-old Belgian has won seven Grand Slam titles, including four French Open titles.
French number one tennis player Richard Gasquet was easily defeated by Italy's Andrea Seppi in two straight sets at the Hamburg Master Series second round. He admitted Roland Garros may come too soon for him.
Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Spain's David Ferrer moved into the third round on Tuesday in Hamburg with easy two-sets wins. On Wednesday, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Swiss world number one Roger Federer enter the tournament.