With the French Open postponed until December, there’s a huge hole in the current tennis world. With that, we take a look at some of the more memorable moments and players in the Open Era.
We’ve reached the time when Roland Garros is usually in full swing. This year is vastly different as the event has been postponed until September. If the tournament still gets held in 2020, it won’t feel the same, especially being rushed immediately after the US Open.
Let’s take a look at the 3 most memorable moments in French Open history.
1. 93-2, 12-0
This isn’t exactly a moment in history, but you can’t talk about the French Open without talking about the King of Clay: Rafael Nadal. He holds an absurd 93-2 record at the Grand Slam event, with his only losses coming in 2009 against Robin Soderling and in 2015 against Novak Djokovic. He has a record 12 titles at the event and 6 more than Bjorn Borg (who has the 2nd-most titles).
Nadal holds countless records on clay, but one of his most significant is his 12-0 undefeated record in the French Open finals. His 2019 victory over Dominic Thiem broke his tie with Margaret Court by winning 11 titles at the same Grand Slam event (11 in Australia for Court). 12-0 marks the largest undefeated streak in the men’s Open Era, extending his lead ahead of Sampras’ 7 at Wimbledon.
Nadal’s pure dominance on the surface is only compounded in Paris. In his 12 titles, seven of them have gone 4 sets and the rest have been straight-set victories. Nadal has never been taken to five sets in a final and has played in a five-set match only twice in 95 matches.
He’s easily the greatest clay-court player of all time. No one can hold a candle to the Spaniard and he’ll likely win his 13th(!) Roland Garros title come September.