Finally the hardcourt season is over, time to focus on the European clay courts! The top 4 players had some disappointing results in Miami and Indian Wells, except maybe Nadal who reached the semis in both tournaments. It's been kind of refreshing, since we haven't seen many MS finals without Federer/Nadal/Djokovic/Murray the last two years. Actually the only final in 2007-2009 in which none of them played was Paris-Bercy 2008 (Tsonga-Nalbandian)! So what's to expect from the upcoming clay season? Will we see more surprises or will the top 4 players step up again? I think the latter, and I'll try to make some predictions about all of them. Roger Federer: Lost very early in IW/Miami, but seems to be practicing hard on the red stuff. He'll probably take a wildcard for Monte Carlo and reach the semis. If this were to happen, I expext him to skip Estoril. In Rome he's never done that well (except of course the famous final in 2006), but he should be able to reach the semis there as well. The courts in Madrid really suit his game and I wouldn't be surprised if he defends his title there. About the French I'm not sure, don't see him going out before the semis but something tells me he won't win it again. Novak Djokovic: Djokovic hasn't played well in all 2010 and isn't exactly riding a wave of confidence. He came very close to beating Nadal on clay last year, and it will be interesting to see if he can build on that. However, the first thing he needs is some confidence in his game, especially his serve. I don't expect great things from him in Monte Carlo, but I think he'll reach make the semis in Rome. After lifting the trophy in Belgrade (he should be able to win it) , he could ride the momentum to do well in Madrid, maybe even winning it. At the French, there's a lot of points to gain for Djokovic, but everything will depend on his results in the other tournaments, and his confidence level. If he believes in himself again and finds his serve, he'll be a serious contender. Rafael Nadal: Nadal hasn't won a single tournament for almost a year now, but played quite well in IW/Miami. In my opinion he's still the favourite in every clay tournament he enters, but he can't win them all. He's won Monte Carlo five times in row, and I don't see anyone stopping him this time. If he wins it, he might suffer a surprise loss in Barcelona, but I'm pretty sure the Spaniard will win at least one out of the first two tournaments. About the fast clay in Rome and Madrid I'm not sure, of course Nadal is a favourite there as well, but he might lose to Federer or an in-form Djokovic, maybe Del Potro/Davydenko if they are injury-free. I'm sure Nadal is going all out at the French, looking for his revenge. If he's healthy and doesn't face a God-mode Federer (who's never visited Paris before) or a completely rejuvenated Djokovic, he'll win it. Andy Murray: Murray is in horrible form since the Australian Open and the switch to his worst surface won't make things easier. As of now, I see him losing to every decent clay-courter and would be surprised if he made a MS final. Of course everything is possible, but I expect him to go out before the quarters at the French. What are your thoughts on this?