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French Open Tennis Championships Preview - Men
From TheSports Network
Dates: May 26th through Sunday, June 9th.
Site: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France.
Surface: Clay/Outdoors
Capacity: Philippe-Chatrier Court: 15,109; Suzanne Lenglen Court: 10,076;
Court 1: 3,805. Courts No. 2 to 18 allow a large number of spectators with unallocated seating.
Annual: 112th.
Television: NBC, ESPN 2, ESPN3, Tennis Channel, TSN, RDS.
Defending Champion:Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Defending Doubles Champ: Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor def. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan.
Men's Total Purse: $10,310,370 - $27,145,563 (Total Purse).
Shares (Singles): 1st Place - $1,937,068; 2nd Place - $968,670; Semifinalist - $484,335.
Seeded Players
1. Novak Djokovic - A 17. Juan Moncaco
2. Roger Federer - W 18. Sam Querrey
3. Rafael Nadal - * 19. John Isner
4. David Ferrer 20. Andreas Seppi
5. Tomas Berdych 21. Jerzy Janowicz
6. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 22. Alexandr Dolgopolov
7. Richard Gasquet 23. Kevin Anderson
8. Janko Tipsarevic 24. Benoit Paire
9. Stanislas Wawrinka 25. Jeremy Chardy
10. Marin Cilic 26. Grigor DiMitrov
11. Nicolas Almagro 27. Fabio Fognini
12. Tommy Haas 28. Florian Mayer
13. Kei Nishikori 29. Mikhail Youzhny
14. Milos Raonic 30. Julien Benneteau
15. Gilles Simon 31. Marcel Granollers
16. Philipp Kohlschreiber 32. Tommy Robredo
* - Defending Champion
A - Australian Open Champion (2013)
W - Wimbledon Champion (2012)
Top Players to Watch - Finish Last Nine Years
Player (French Record) 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Rafael Nadal (52-1) --- Won WonWon Won4thWonWon Won
Novak Djokovic (31-8) --- 2nd QF SF SF 3rdQF SF Rup
Roger Federer (54-13) 3rd SF RupRup RupWonQF Rup SF
David Ferrer (26-10) 2nd QF 3rd3rd QF 3rd3rd4th SF
Andy Murray (18-6) - WD --- --- 1st--- 3rdQF 4thSF QF
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8-4) --- 1st ------ ---4th4th3rd QF
Juan M. Del Potro (12-6) - WD --- --- 1st1st 2ndSF ---3rd QF
Nicolas Almagro (21-10) 1st 2nd 2nd2nd QF 3rdQF 1st QF
Stanislas Wawrinka (16-8) --- 3rd 1st2nd 3rd3rd4th4th 4th
Richard Gasquet (10-9) 1st 3rd 2nd2nd ------1st4th 4th
Janko Tipsarevic (10-9) 1st 2nd 1st3rd 1st3rd1st3rd 4th
Marcel Granollers (6-5) --- --- ------ 2nd1st2nd2nd 4th
Tomas Berdych (13-9) 1st 2nd 4th1st 2nd1stSF 1st 4th
Juan Monaco (10-9) 2nd 1st 3rd4th 1st2nd1st1st 4th
Andreas Seppi (6-7) --- --- 1st1st 1st2nd2nd2nd 4th
Fabio Fognini (8-4) --- --- ---1st ---1st3rdQF 3rd
Gilles Simon (8-7) --- 1st 1st2nd 1st3rd---4th 3rd
Mikhail Youzhny (19-12) 3rd 2nd 2nd4th 3rd2ndQF 3rd 3rd
Fernando Verdasco (18-9) 2nd 1st 2nd4th 4th4th4th3rd 3rd
Julien Benneteau (13-11) 3rd 1st QF 1st 4th1st2nd2nd 3rd
Kevin Anderson (3-3) --- --- ------ ------1st2nd 3rd
Marin Cilic (9-6) --- --- ---1st 2nd4th4th1st 3rd
Tommy Haas (17-11) 1st 3rd 3rd--- ---4th---1st 3rd
Milos Raonic (2-2) --- --- ------ ---------1st 3rd
Viktor Troicki (7-5) --- --- ------ 1st2nd3rd4th 2nd
Marcos Baghdatis (8-8) --- 1st 2nd4th 1st1st3rd2nd 2nd
Pablo Andujar (5-5) --- --- ------ 2nd2nd2nd2nd 2nd
Jeremy Chardy (8-6) --- --- 2nd--- 4th3rd1st2nd 2nd
Robin Haase (2-4) --- --- ------ 1st---1st2nd 2nd
Florian Mayer (3-6) 2nd 1st 1st1st ---------2nd 2nd
P. Kohlschreiber (8-8) --- 1st 2nd2nd 1st4th3rd1st 2nd
John Isner (3-4) --- --- ------ 1st---3rd1st 2nd
Jarkko Nieminen (11-9) --- 2nd 1st3rd 3rd---1st1st 2nd
Benoit Paire (1-3) --- --- ------ ------1st1st 2nd
Bernard Tomic (1-3) --- --- ------ ---1st---1st 2nd
Grigor Dimitrov (1-2) --- --- ------ ---------1st 2nd
Martin Klizan (1-1) --- --- ------ ------------ 2nd
Albert Montanes (15-11) --- 2nd 3rd3rd 2nd1st3rd4th 1st
Alejandro Falla (7-7) 2nd --- 2nd1st 2nd---2nd4th 1st
Thomaz Bellucci (5-5) --- --- ------ 1st1st4th3rd 1st
Alexandr Dolgopolov (4-3) --- --- ------ ------3rd3rd 1st
G. Garcia-Lopez (6-9) 2nd 1st 1st2nd 2nd1st2nd3rd 1st
Jurgen Melzer (14-10) 2nd 3rd 1st2nd 3rd3rdSF 2nd 1st
Sam Querrey (1-6) --- --- ---1st 1st1st1st2nd 1st
Nikolay Davydenko (24-11) 1st SF QF SF 3rdQF ---2nd 1st
Albert Ramos (1-2) --- --- ------ ---------2nd 1st
Ernests Gulbis (6-6) --- --- ---2nd QF 2nd1st1st 1st
Feliciano Lopez (5-12) 4th 1st 1st1st 1st2nd1st1st 1st
Radek Stepanek (11-9) 1st 3rd 3rd2nd 4th3rd---1st 1st
Kei Nishikori (2-2) --- --- ------ ------2nd2nd ---
Tommy Robredo (29-10) 4th QF 4thQF 3rdQF 1st--- ---
Jerzy Janowicz (0-0) --- --- ------ ------------ ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Men's Champions
YearResult
2012 Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2011 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1
2010 Rafael Nadal def. Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2009 Roger Federer def. Robin Soderling, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
2008 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2007 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2006 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2005 Rafael Nadal def. Mariano Puerta, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
2004 Gaston Gaudio def Guillermo Coria, 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Martin Verkerk, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
2002 Albert Costa def. Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
2001 Gustavo Kuerten def. Alex Corretja, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
2000 Gustavo Kuerten def. Magnus Norman, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
1999 Andre Agassi def. Andrei Medvedev, 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1998 Carlos Moya def. Alex Corretja, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
1997 Gustavo Kuerten def. Sergi Bruguera, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikov def. Michael Stich, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
1995 Thomas Muster def. Michael Chang, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
1994 Sergi Bruguera def. Alberto Berasategui, 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
1993 Sergi Bruguera def. Jim Courier, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1992 Jim Courier def. Petr Korda, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
1991 Jim Courier def. Andre Agassi, 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
1990 Andres Gomez def. Andre Agassi, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
1989 Michael Chang def. Stefan Edberg, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1988 Mats Wilander def. Henri Leconte, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
1987 Ivan Lendl def. Mats Wilander, 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6
1986 Ivan Lendl def. Mikael Pernfors, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1985 Mats Wilander def. Ivan Lendl, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
1984 Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
1983 Yannick Noah def. Mats Wilander, 6-2, 7-5, 7-6
1982 Mats Wilander def. Guillermo Vilas, 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4
1981 Bjorn Borg def. Ivan Lendl, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
1980 Bjorn Borg def. Vitas Gerulaitis, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
1979 Bjorn Borg def. Victor Pecci, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
1978 Bjorn Borg def. Guillermo Vilas, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
1977 Guillermo Vilas def. Brian Gottfried, 6-0, 6-3, 6-0
1976 Adriano Panatta def. Harold Soloman, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
1975 Bjorn Borg def. Guillermo Vilas, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
1974 Bjorn Borg def. Manuel Orantes, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1
1973 Ilie Nastase def. Nikki Pilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
1972 Andres Gimeno def. Patrick Proisy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
1971 Jan Kodes def. Ilie Nastase, 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
1970 Jan Kodes def. Zelijko Franulovic, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
1969 Rod Laver def. Ken Rosewall, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1968 Ken Rosewall def. Rod Laver, 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
1967 Roy Emerson def. Tony Roche, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1966 Tony Roche def. Istvan Gylyas, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
1965 Fred Stolle def. Tony Roche, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
1964 Manuel Santana def. Nicola Pietrangeli, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
1963 Roy Emerson def. Pierre Darmon, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1962 Rod Laver def. Roy Emerson, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2
1961 Manuel Santana def. Nicola Pietrangeli, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
1960 Nicola Pietrangeli def. Luis Ayala, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1959 Nicola Pietrangeli def. Ian Vermaak, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
1958 Mervyn Rose def. Luis Ayala, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1957 Sven Davidson def. Herbie Flam, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1956 Lew Hoad def. Sven Davidson, 6-4, 8-6, 6-3
1955 Tony Trabert def. Sven Davidson, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
1954 Tony Trabert def. Arthur Larsen, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
1953 Ken Rosewall def. Vic Seixas, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
1952 Jaroslav Drobny def. Frank A. Sedgman, 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
1951 Jaroslav Drobny def. Eric Sturgess, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
1950 Budge Patty def. Jaroslav Drobny, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
1949 Frank Parker def. Budge Patty, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
1948 Frank Parker def. Jaroslav Drobny, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
1947 Joseph Asboth def. Eric Sturgess, 8-6, 7-5, 6-4
1946 Marcel Bernard def. Jaroslav Drobny, 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Not Held
1939 W.Donald McNeill def. Bobby Riggs, 7-5, 6-0, 6-3
1938 Donald Budge def. Roderick Menzel, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1937 Henner Henkel def. Henry Austin, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
1936 Gottfried Von Cramm def. Fred J. Perry, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
1935 Fred Perry def. Gottfried Von Cramm, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
1934 Gottfried Von Cramm def. John H. Crawford, 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
1933 John H. Crawford def. Henri Cochet, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3
1932 Henri Cochet def. Giorgio De Stefani, 6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1931 Jean Borotra def. Claude Boussus, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
1930 Henri Cochet def. Bill Tilden, 3-6, 8-6, 6-3, 6-1
1929 Rene Lacoste def. Jean Borotra, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6
1928 Henri Cochet def. Rene Lacoste, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
1927 Rene Lacoste def. Bill Tilden, 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
1926 Henri Cochet def. Rene Lacoste, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
1925Rene Lacoste def. Jean Borotra, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
1924 Jean Borotra def. Rene Lacoste, 7-5, 6-4, 0-6, 5-7, 6-2
1923 Francois Blanchy def. Max Decugis, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
1922 Henri Cochet def. Jean Samazeuilh, 8-6, 6-3, 7-5
1921 Jean Samazeuilh def. Andre Gobert, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
1920 Andre Gobert def. Max Decugis, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
1919 Not Held
1918 Not Held
1917 Not Held
1916 Not Held
1915 Not Held
1914 Max Decugis def. Jean Samazeuilh, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1913 Max Decugis def. Georges Gault
1912 Max Decugis def. Andre Gobert
1911 Andre Gobert def. Maurice Germot
1910 Maurice Germot def. Francois Blanchy
1909 Max Decugis def. Maurice Germot
1908 Max Decugis def. Maurice Germot
1907 Max Decugis def. Robert Wallet
1906 Maurice Germot def. Max Decugis
1905 Maurice Germot def. Andre Vacherot
1904 Max Decugis def. Andre Vacherot, 6-1, 9-7, 6-8, 6-1
1903 Max Decugis def. Andre Vacherot
1902 M.Vacherot def. Max Decugis, 6-4, 6-2
1901 Andre Vacherot def. P.Lebreton
1900 Paul Ayme def. A.Prevost
1899 Paul Ayme def. P.Lebreton
1898 Paul Ayme def. P.Lebreton
1897 Paul Ayme def. F.Wardan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1896 Andre Vacherot def. G.Brosselin, 6-1, 7-5
1895 Andre Vacherot def. L.Riboulet
1894 Andre Vacherot def. G.Brosselin
1893 L.Riboulet def. J.Schopfer
1892 J.Schopfer def. Fassitt
1891 H.Briggs def. P.Baigneres
NOTES:
Rafael Nadal continued his mastery on the red clay of Roland Garros whenhe defeated Novak Djokovic, earning his seventh French Open title last year.

Nadal, who triumphed 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, became the only man in the Open Era(1968) to win seven titles at Roland Garros, breaking the all-time mark set byBjorn Borg between 1974 and 1981.

This was the fourth Grand Slam in a row that Nadal met Djokovic in thefinal. Djokovic was trying to become the first man to hold all four majorchampionships at the same time since Rod Laver won a natural Grand Slam in1969.

Nadal improved his all-time mark at the French to 52-1, with his lone losscoming in 2009 to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

In a final that started Sunday and was completed Monday due to rain, Nadaldominated Djokovic for his 11th career Grand Slam crown, as he snapped a threeSlam streak to Djokovic.

Trailing 6-5 in the fourth set, Djokovic double-faulted on match point. It wasDjokovic's fourth double-fault of the match and three came at critical times.In addition to the final point, he double-faulted once in each of the firsttwo sets to give Nadal breaks of serve.

This was Djokovic's first time in the final at Roland Garros, and the top seedcame up short. Losing 2-0 in the third set after being defeated in theprevious two sets, it looked like Djokovic's first French Open final would endin a loss. However, Djokovic suddenly won six straight games to take the thirdset and completely change the momentum.

Djokovic's swing continued in the fourth set when he won the first two games.The weather was a big problem for Nadal, complaining to the chair umpirethat it was too wet. Once Nadal finally broke Djokovic's eight-game streakwith a win of his own, officials halted play due to rain. One hour later,officials decided play would stop and continue on Monday.

Prior to 1925, entries were not accepted from all countries. Andre Agassi, JimCourier and Michael Chang are the only Americans to win this tournament sincethe 1950s. Only five players from France have won this event, combined, on themen's and women's side. Only Nelly Landry (1948), Francoise Durr (1967) andMary Pierce (2000) have won the women's singles since the war, while MarcelBernard (1946) and Yannick Noah (1983) are the sole French victors on themen's side.

In 1990, No. 1 seed Stefan Edberg and No. 2 seed Boris Becker were bothknocked out in the first round, and on the same day. This is the only timeboth top seeds have fallen in the first round at Roland Garros.

Henri Cochet and Nadal hold the record for playing in the most men's singlessemifinals (7), while Chris Evert holds that distinction for the women (12semifinals in 13 appearances).

The center court was re-christened Court Philippe Chatrier in 2001, in tributeto the former president of the FFT (from 1973-93) and the ITF (1977-91), whopassed away in 2000. Seating up to 10,076 spectators, Court Suzanne Leglen wasbuilt in 1994 and originally called Court A. In 1997 it was renamed afterFrance's greatest female tennis player, who won the ladies singles at theFrench Open a total of six times, as well as winning the doubles twice and themixed doubles seven times.

Five men and two women have gone on to lift the trophy after saving a matchpoint. Gustavo Kuerten was the last to work this miracle after being within apoint of defeat in the 2001 quarterfinals. The shortest-ever men's singlesfinal in terms of the number of games was between Guillermo Vilas and BrianGottfried in 1977. The Argentine swept to victory 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 at the expenseof the American.

Since 1925, the men's and women's singles have each been won by left-handerson 17 and 10 occasions, respectively. The most recent were Nadal in 2012 andMonica Seles in 1992.

Several players have withdrawn from the championships, including 2012 U.S. Openchampion Andy Murray due to a back injury. Also missing the French Open areAmericans Brian Baker (right knee) and Mardy Fish (heart problems) and formerU.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro due to a virus.