One thing we know: when it is all over, those of us who survive will find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Rafael Nadal insisted that his stunning comeback win over Alexander Zverev which delivered an eighth Rome Masters title will have no impact on his French Open campaign.
Germany's Alexander Zverev stunned four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic to win his first Masters title and confirming his status as a French Open dangerman.
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was forced to retire due to injury from her Rome Masters semi-final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.
Rafael Nadal will set his sights on winning a 10th French Open title following his shock defeat to Dominic Thiem in the Rome Masters.
American John Isner battled into the Rome Masters semis with a win over Croatian Marin Cilic.
Second seed Novak Djokovic believes he is on track to raise his game for the French Open after reaching the Rome Masters quarter-finals.
Italian Fabio Fognini could be hit with sanctions after a foul-mouthed tirade at the chair umpire on his way to another early exit from the Rome Masters.
Rafael Nadal believes the decision by Roger Federer to skip Roland Garros and the clay season is logical.
Maria Sharapova broke seven times to win her opening match at the Rome Masters, with the Russian wild card advancing over American Christina McHale.
French trio Gaël Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will all miss the clay court Rome Masters tournament.
Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev after a stunning comeback.
Novak Djokovic overcame having to play twice in a day before cruising into the final of the Rome Masters with a ruthless win over Dominic Thiem.
Germany's Alexander Zverev became the youngest player in a decade to reach a Masters final when he beat John Isner at the Rome Masters.
Dominic Thiem sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of the Rome Masters with a quarter-final victory, ending the Spaniard's 17-match winning run.
Romanian Simona Halep surged into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters for the third time after a win over Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
Second seed Novak Djokovic reached the Rome Masters quarter-finals after a third round win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
World No 1 Angelique Kerber has crashed out of the Rome Masters, going down to in straight sets to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.
Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova says she is not looking too far ahead after returning from a doping suspension.
Fabio Fognini is hoping to capitalise on the mediocre form of Britain's world No 1 Andy Murray when they meet in the second round of the Rome Masters.
Britain's Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday in style by winning his maiden Rome Masters title.
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