New year, new rules: Rule No. 17

The best player on clay will likely not be the No. 1 seed in Paris. Odd. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Barring a shift in the ATP rankings, come May, Roger Federer will arrive in Paris as the top seed at the French Open for the sixth time in seven years. And no one will believe he is the man to beat. That distinction -- along with four titles at Roland Garros -- belongs to Rafael Nadal.