1. Montreal, Canada – Aug 6 – 12.
2. Cincinnati, USA – Aug 13 – 19.
3. US Open – Aug 27 – Sept 9.
4. Madrid, Spain – Oct 15 – 21.
5. Paris, France – Oct 29 – Nov 4.
6. Tennis Masters Cup, China – Nov 11 – 18.
Obviously both Federer and Nadal are entered for all six. The Montreal-Cincinnati combo is a little dicey, and was the main reason Federer lost to Murray last year. There is no time to rest specially if you win at Montreal. You are playing 12 matches with hardly a day off between them, if you win both.
Nadal, with his track record, has to be even more careful there. He has to look at the possibility, of the race going down to the wire, and get decided at the Tennis Masters Cup in China. If he gets roughed up and gets down physically before that, it might get over early.
Who won these six last year?
If Federer repeats that, he will be more than ahead for the top rank. But this year, Nadal with extra motivation alongwith Djokovic, and maybe Roddick and Murray too, may not be as ready to let that scenario repeat.