Red clay isn't easy to master. Yet if one of the top three men's seeds wins the 2012 French Open, history will be made. The question is, who will it be?

On the women's side, things aren't clear at all. The top seed is struggling with injuries. No. 2 Maria Sharapova has never reached the final at Roland Garros, and No. 3 Serena Williams last won there in 2002.


Top picks

Defending champion Rafael Nadal seemingly has the easiest draw as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer could meet in the semis.

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Which tennis record is most likely to be set at the 2012 French Open?

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A homegrown champ?

There hasn't been a French men's champion at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah lifted the trophy in 1983. Could Jo-Wilfried Tsonga change that?

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Which man outside the top three seeds is most likely to break through to win the 2012 French Open?

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Screaming through?

Maria Sharapova has shined on clay courts so far this year.

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Which top seed is most likely to win the French Open women's title?

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Clay feat

John Isner (above) reached the final at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, while Andy Roddick hasn't gotten out of the quarterfinals of a tournament this year.

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Which ranked American man will go furthest at Roland Garros?

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Major comeback?

Serena Williams (above) won Wimbledon in 2010, then hit a Grand Slam title drought. Roger Federer's last major win was at the 2010 Australian, while Maria Sharapova's last was the 2008 Aussie.

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Which multiple Grand Slam title winner is most likely to end their drought at a major first?

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