June 22, 2017

“La Décima” – Rafael Nadal Wins Tenth French Open for 15th Major Title

(June 11, 2017) Rafael Nadal became the first man or woman in the Open Era to win one major ten times. The Spaniard dismissed No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to win his tenth Roland Garros title on Sunday in Paris.

 

The victory gives Nadal his 15th major title – he now stands alone in second place on the all-time list jumping ahead of Pete Sampras at 14, just three majors behind Roger Federer.

 

“I play my best at all events, but the feeling here is impossible to describe. It’s impossible to compare it to another place,” Nadal said. “The nerves, the adrenaline, I feel on the court are impossible to compare to another feeling. This is the most important event in my career.”

 

“He’s playing the best he’s ever played. That’s for sure,” said Wawrinka.

“Nothing to say about today.” “You were too good.”

“It was the Rafa I was expecting. We saw how he has been playing since the beginning of the season, fit, aggressive, his level has been incredible,” said the 32-year-old Wawrinka.

 

Nadal is an amazing 79-2 at the French Open.

 

Nadal completed the tournament without losing a set, and losing only 35 games. Only Bjorn Borg winning in Paris in 1978 lost fewer -32.

Nadal will move up in the rankings to world No. 2 and Wawrinka will remain at No. 3.

 

More to follow..

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Whitney Osuigwe Wins Second-Ever All-American French Open Girls’ Singles Final

Whitney Osuigwe Wins Second-Ever All-American French Open Girls’ Singles Final

(June 10, 2017) Fifteen-year old Whitney Osuigwe, of Bradenton, Fla., defeated fellow American Claire Liu, 17, of Thousand Oaks, California, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, in an all-American girls’ singles final at the French Open in Paris today. Osuigwe becomes the fourth American to win the French Open girls’ singles title and first since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.

Osuigwe is also the ninth-youngest girls’ singles champion at the French Open, at 15 years, 1 month and 24 days old — just over one month older than Justine Henin when she won the Roland Garros girls’ title, in 1997.

The all-American girls’ singles final at Roland Garros was only the second in the event’s history, dating back to 1953. The first was in 1980, when Kathy Horvath defeated Kelly Henry. Ann Smith (1977) and Bonnie Gadusek (1981) are the only other Americans to win the girls’ singles title at the French Open.

Osuigwe, the No. 5-ranked junior in the world, is coached by her father, Desmond, a teching pro at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

In the boys’ doubles final, 18-year old Vasil Kirkov, of Tampa, Fla., and 17-year old Danny Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio, fell to the top-seeded pair of Nicola Kuhn (ESP) and Zsombor Piros (HUN), 6-4, 6-4.

American juniors have had a run of success at the French Open in recent years. In 2015, Tommy Paul beat Taylor Fritz in the first all-American French Open boys’ singles final, dating back to 1947. Last year, Amanda Anisimova reached the girls’ singles final as a 14-year old, and this year, four of the girls’ singles quarterfinalists were American, including Anisimova and Caty McNally.

USTA Player Development National Coaches Sylvain Guichard, Leo Azevedo, Erik Kortland and Jean Desdunes have provided support to all American players participating in the French Open junior championships this year.

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Approach Shots: Q & A with USTA Player Development GM Martin Blackman

Kayla Day Wins US Open Junior Girls’ Title

 

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Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko Upsets No. 3 Simona Halep to Win Roland Garros for First Major Title

Jelena Ostapenko

 

(June 10, 2017) Latvia’s Jelena Ostpenko became the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since 1933 when she rallied from 6-4, 3-0 down to defeat No. 3 seed and 2014 finalist Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Not only was this the Latvian’s first major, but first title on the tour level.

 

She denied the Romanian both a major and the No. 1 ranking. Had Halep won, she would have moved up to No. 1 in the world.

“I still can’t believe I won,” the 20-year-old Ostapenko said on court after the win. “It was always my dream, when I was a child I was watching players here. I’m just so happy. I’ve just enjoyed it so much. I have no words.”

Halep looked as though she was on her way to her first major leading 6-4, 3-0 with points for 4-0.  Ostapenko held her nerve and won six out of the next seven games to level the match.

Ostapenko had to fight back again in the third set, from 1-3 down, winning the next five games.

Luck was on the Latvian’s side when holding for a 5-3 lead in the third, she hit a backhand that ticked the top of the net, which appeared to be going out but fell in on Halep’s side of the net.

“I’m really happy to win here,” Ostapenko said after the match. “I think I still cannot believe it, because it was my dream and now it came true.

“I think I’m going to only understand in maybe couple of days or couple of weeks.”

This is only Ostapenko’s eight major tournament that she’s played in.

“All the credit for what you’ve done,” Halep said to Ostapenko during the trophy presentation. It’s an amazing thing. Enjoy, be happy, and keep it going, because you’re like a kid.”

A clearly disappointed Halep said she was sick to her stomach with emotion and that maybe she was not ready to win the title.

“It’s a tough moment for me, but it’s gonna go away, I hope, with time. I will keep working, because I really want to repeat what I have done this tournament. We will see what is gonna be.”

 

“I knew I’m already in the final and I’m playing such a great player like Simona,” noted Ostapenko. “I was losing 6-4, 3-0, and then in my mind I was just like, ‘I’m just going to enjoy the match, and I will try to fight until the last point.’

“And then I stayed aggressive and the match turned my way.”

Ostapenko came into the tournament ranked No. 47, she leaves with the No. 12 ranking going into grass court season. Halep moves up to No. 2 in the world.

 

 

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Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine Capture Junior Girls’ Doubles French Open Title

 

Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine Capture Junior French Open Title


Photo Credit: Peter Figura courtesy of Tennis Canada

(June 10, 2017) Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine clinched the junior girls doubles trophy at the French Open on Saturday.

The No. 1-seeded all-Canadian duo ousted Russians Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-3 in 57 minutes on the clay courts to claim their second straight Grand Slam together. The pair also won the Australian Open in January for their first major titles.

This is the second trophy a Canadian has claimed at this year’s Roland Garros, as Gabriela Dabrowski made history by becoming the first homegrown woman to win a Grand Slam on Thursday, taking home the mixed doubles crown alongside Indian partner Rohan Bopanna. This marks only the second time Canada has captured more than one title at a Slam behind 2012 Wimbledon (Eugenie Bouchard in girls singles and doubles and Filip Peliwo in boys singles).

Dating back to the US Open in September 2015, Canada has now been represented in the finals of seven straight Slams between the pros and juniors. The streak began with a Junior US Open doubles title courtesy of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov nearly two years ago.

In 2016, Daniel Nestor was a runner-up in men’s doubles at the Australian Open before Auger-Aliassime made the junior boys final at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, three Canucks featured in finals – Milos Raonic fell in the men’s singles championship match, and Shapovalov captured the junior crown before teaming with Auger-Aliassime to finish second in the boys doubles draw. And finally, Auger-Aliassime regrouped from his earlier losses to claim the Junior US Open singles crown, and a runner-up finish in doubles with fellow Canuck Benjamin Sigouin.

So far in 2017, Andreescu and Branstine are two-for-two in girls doubles finals, combined with Dabrowski’s historic victory.

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2017 Roland Garros – Day 15 Men’s Preview

Rafael Nadal

Stan Wawrinka

2017 ROLAND GARROS

DAY 15 Men’s Preview

Sunday 11 June

Final

 

3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 4 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

 

2017 Roland Garros marks the 116th edition of the French Championships and the 87th tournament since the event became international in 1925. It is also the 197th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era, the first of which was 1968 Roland Garros, making this the 50th French Open.

 

Prize money and ATP ranking points

 

Today’s champion receives €2,100,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects €1,060,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund for 2017 Roland Garros is €13,548,000, a 12.6% increase on 2016. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

 

ATP rankings update

 

The winner of today’s final will move up to No. 2, with the runner-up at No. 3, when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday 12 June. If he wins today, Wawrinka will rise to a career-high ranking. If Nadal wins, he will climb to his highest ranking since October 2014. Last year’s champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, drops to No. 4 – his lowest ranking since October 2009. Here’s how the Top 10 will look on Monday:

 

1 Andy Murray
2 Nadal/Wawrinka??
3 Nadal/Wawrinka??
4 Novak Djokovic
5 Roger Federer
6 Milos Raonic
7 Marin Cilic
8 Dominic Thiem
9 Kei Nishikori
10 Alexander Zverev

 

No. 3 v No. 4

The last time the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds met in the Roland Garros final was in 2013, when No. 3 Nadal defeated No. 4 David Ferrer. It is the 3rd time the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds have met in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era. The other occasion these seeds have met was in 1990, when No. 4 seed Andres Gomez defeated No. 3 seed Andre Agassi.

 

This is the 10th time the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds have met in a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.

 

 

2017 leaders

Nadal is in 1st place on the list for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2017. Wawrinka is in 6th place on the list and will move up to joint-4th place on the list if he wins today.

 

Most wins in 2017

Rafael Nadal                42-6

Dominic Thiem             34-13

David Goffin                 31-12

            Pablo Carreno Busta     27-14

Alexander Zverev          27-10

Stan Wawrinka             26-8

 

Nadal is in 1st place on the list for most clay court wins in 2017. Wawrinka is in joint-8th place – along with Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic, David Goffin, Kei Nishikori and Horacio Zeballos – and will move up to joint-7th if he wins today.

 

Most clay court wins in 2017

            Rafael Nadal                23-1

            Dominic Thiem              22-5

Albert Ramos-Vinolas    21-11

Pablo Carreno Busta     20-8

Alexander Zverev          16-4

Pablo Cuevas                14-7

Diego Schwartzman       13-10

Stan Wawrinka             12-3

 

Roger Federer, Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alexander Zverev top the list for the most titles won this year with 3. Wawrinka, who won the title at Geneva prior to coming here, is bidding to win his 2nd title of 2017 and join the 6 men to have won multiple titles this year.

 

Most titles in 2017

Roger Federer               3          Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000

Rafael Nadal                 3          Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona, Madrid-1000

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga        3          Rotterdam, Marseille, Lyon
Alexander Zverev          3          Montpellier, Munich, Rome-1000

Grigor Dimitrov             2          Brisbane, Sofia

Jack Sock                     2          Auckland, Delray Beach

 

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 15-3

2007     Australian Open           Hard (O)           R32      Nadal               62 62 62

2007     Stuttgart                       Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                64 75

2007     AMS Paris                    Hard (I)             R16      Nadal                64 63

2009     Miami-1000                   Hard (O)           R16      Nadal                76(2) 76(4)

2010     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                64 61

2010     Toronto-1000                 Hard (O)           R32      Nadal                76(12) 63

2010     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           R32      Nadal                64 64

2012     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                75 64

2013     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                62 64

2013     Roland Garros             Clay (O)            QF        Nadal               62 63 61

2013     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           QF        Nadal                76(10) 61

2013     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Nadal                76(5) 76(6)

2014     Australian Open           Hard (O)           FR        Wawrinka         63 62 36 63

2015     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            QF        Wawrinka          76(7) 62

2015     Shanghai-1000              Hard (O)           QF        Nadal                62 61

2015     Paris-1000                     Hard (I)             QF        Wawrinka          76(8) 76(7)

2015     ATP World Tour Finals   Hard (I)             RR        Nadal                63 62

2016     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            QF        Nadal                61 64

 

A 19th Tour-level meeting between the 2 players, and their 4th at a Grand Slam. Wawrinka won the only previous Grand Slam final the pair have contested, at the 2014 Australian Open. Since the beginning of 2014, the head-to-head is tied at 3-3.

 

Nadal has a 2-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka in Tour-level finals, with both of his 2 wins coming on clay.

 

This is the 8th time the pair have met on clay. Nadal has a 6-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka on clay, with his only defeat coming at 2015 Rome-1000.

Wawrinka and Nadal are the first pair of players aged 30 or over to contest a Roland Garros final since 1969, when 30-year-old Rod Laver defeated 34-year-old Ken Rosewall. Wawrinka is the 2nd player in the Open Era to reach multiple Roland Garros finals after turning 30 – after Rosewall in 1968-69. Nadal is the 8th different player in the Open Era to reach a Roland Garros final after turning 30.

 

WAWRINKA                                                 v                                                      NADAL

 

32                                                        Age                                                        31*

6’0”/1.83m                                  Height                                   6’1”/1.85m

29,378,107                     Career Earnings (US$)                      83,573,172

3                                                ATP Ranking                                                4

16                                                       Titles                                                       72

3 titles                               Best Grand Slam Result                       14 titles

130-45                            Career Grand Slam Record                            215-32

38-11                                  Roland Garros Record                                   78-2

465-260                                       Career Record                                        848-180

173-82                                  Career Record – Clay                                   388-35

26-8                                             2017 Record                                              42-6

12-3                                       2017 Record – Clay                                       23-1

26-20                                 Career Five-Set Record                                  19-9

6                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 3

194-175                              Career Tiebreak Record                              208-134

14-5                                   2017 Tiebreak Record                                     8-3

                                                                                          *Turned 31 on 3 June

 

 

WAWRINKA Time Time NADAL
d. (Q) Jozef Kovalik 62 76(6) 63

d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 64 76(5) 75

1:57

2:34

1st round

2nd round

1:52

1:49

d. Benoit Paire 61 64 61

d. Robin Haase 61 64 63

d. No. 28 Fabio Fognini 76(2) 60 62 1:52 3rd round 1:31 d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 60 61 60
d. No. 15 Gael Monfils 75 76(7) 62

d. No. 7 Marin Cilic 63 63 61

 

2:43

1:40

 

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

1:51

0:51

d. No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut 61 62 62

d. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta 62 2-0 ret.

(left abdominal muscle)

d. No. 1 Andy Murray 67(6) 63 57 76(3) 61

 

4:34 Semifinals 2:07 d. No. 6 Dominic Thiem 63 64 60
total time on court 15:20 (IBM time) 10:01 total time on court

                                                                      Road to the Final

 

 

  • WAWRINKA is bidding to win his 4th Grand Slam title and his 2nd at Roland Garros.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win their first 4 Grand Slam finals after Roger Federer, who won his first 7 Grand Slam finals. As well as Federer and Wawrinka, 4 other men in the Open Era – Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg and Gustavo Kuerten – won their first 3 Grand Slam finals, but all (except Kuerten, who didn’t reach another final) finished runner-up in their 4th.

    

Roger Federer Won first 7 Grand Slam finals – 2003 Wimbledon, 2004 Australian Open, 2004 Wimbledon, 2004 US Open, 2005 Wimbledon, 2005 US Open, 2006 Australian Open. Finished runner-up in 8th at 2006 Roland Garros.
Stan Wawrinka Won first 3 Grand Slam finals – 2014 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros, 2016 US Open, 2017 Roland Garros??
Born Borg Won first 3 Grand Slam finals – 1974-75 Roland Garros, 1976 Wimbledon.

Finished runner-up in 4th at 1976 US Open.

Jimmy Connors Won first 3 Grand Slam finals – 1974 Australian Open, 1974 Wimbledon, 1974 US Open. Finished runner-up in 4th at 1975 Australian Open.
Stefan Edberg Won first 3 Grand Slam finals – 1985 Australian Open, 1987 Australian Open, 1988 Wimbledon. Finished runner-up in 4th at 1989 Roland Garros.
Gustavo Kuerten Won first 3 Grand Slam finals – 1997, 2000, 2001 Roland Garros.

 

  • Aged 32 years 75 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become the 3rd oldest man in the Open Era to win Roland Garros after 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972 and 33-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1968. He is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win multiple Roland Garros titles after turning 30.

 

  • Wawrinka, who won 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years 71 days and the 2016 US Open aged 31 years 167 days, is looking to become the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Rod Laver and Rosewall are the only men to have won 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30:

              Players aged over 30 to win 2 or more Grand Slams (all-time)

Player
Titles won aged over 30
Years
Rod Laver 4 1969
Ken Rosewall 4 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
Andre Agassi 2 2001, 2003
Jimmy Connors 2 1982, 1983
Stan Wawrinka 2 2015, 2016
Roger Federer 2 2012, 2017

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to win his 4th Grand Slam title and move into joint-15th place on the list for most Open Era Grand Slam titles won with Jim Courier, Rosewall and Guillermo Vilas.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to become the first Swiss player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros on multiple occasions. Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, and Federer, who won the title here in 2009 are the only Swiss players to have won the title here.

 

  • Wawrinka, who won the boys’ singles title here in 2003 (d. Brian Baker), is bidding to become the 5th former Roland Garros boys’ champion to go on and win the men’s title here on multiple occasions. Only 6 of the 70 different Roland Garros boys’ champions have gone on to win the men’s singles title. They are:

 

     Junior Champion            Men’s Champion
Ken Rosewall

Roy Emerson

Andres Gimeno

Mats Wilander

Ivan Lendl

Stan Wawrinka

            1952                        1953 and 1968

1954                        1963 and 1967

1955                               1972

1981                     1982, 1985 and 1988

1978                     1984, 1986 and 1987

2003                              2015

 

  • Roland Garros is Wawrinka’s joint-most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches and titles won along with the US Open.

 

Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 1 36-11 1
Roland Garros 1 38-11 1
Wimbledon 0 18-12 0
US Open 1 38-11 1

 

  • Wawrinka is through to his 2nd Roland Garros final. Federer (2006-2009, 2011) and Martina Hingis (1997, 1999) are the only other Swiss players to have reached the final here in history. Federer (28 Grand Slam finals), Hingis (12) and Wawrinka (4) are the only Swiss players to reach a Grand Slam final.

 

  • By reaching the final here, Wawrinka has become the oldest man to reach the final at Roland Garros since Niki Pilic finished runner-up here aged 33 years 280 days in 1973.

 

  • By reaching his 2nd final here, Wawrinka has become the 20th man in the Open Era to reach the Roland Garros final on multiple occasions. He joins Michael Chang, Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Jan Kodes, Laver, Ilie Nastase, Rosewall and Robin Soderling in joint-12th place on the list for most appearances in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era.

 

  • By reaching his 4th Grand Slam final, Wawrinka has joined Chang, Lleyton Hewitt, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Rafter and Marat Safin in joint-23rd place on the list for most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era.

 

  • Wawrinka’s best Roland Garros performance is winning the title in 2015, defeating Djokovic 46 64 63 64 in the final. He was the first man to win Roland Garros a year after losing in the 1st round since 2002 champion Albert Costa, who had lost in the 1st round in Paris in 2001. At 30 years 71 days he was the oldest male champion since Andres Gomez in 1990.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won the 2014 Australian Open
    (d. today’s opponent) and the 2016 US Open (d. Djokovic). At the Australian Open, he was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergi Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros. At the US Open, he became the oldest US Open champion since Rosewall in 1970.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to record his 11th straight win and extend his career-best Tour-level winning streak on clay, having defended his title at Geneva prior to coming here. His previous best winning streak on clay was 9 straight wins, which he has achieved on 3 other occasions – in winning the title at 2013 Oeiras through to the final at 2013 Madrid-1000, in winning the title at 2015 Roland Garros through to the quarterfinals at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000, and in winning the title at 2016 Geneva through to the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros.

 

  • By defeating Murray in 5 sets in the semifinals here, Wawrinka improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 26-20. He has a 9-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros.

 

  • By defeating Murray in the semifinals here, Wawrinka defeated a world No. 1 for the 4th time in his career. All 3 of his previous wins against players ranked No. 1 came in Grand Slam finals – against today’s opponent in the 2014 Australian Open final and against Djokovic in both the 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 US Open finals. He has a 4-20 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 overall.

 

  • On his title defence here last year, Wawrinka lost to Murray in 4 sets in the semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for Roland Garros by defending his title at Geneva (d. Mischa Zverev) after 3rd round finishes at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Rome-1000 (l. John Isner). He lost his opening match at Madrid-1000
    (l. Benoit Paire). 7 of his 16 career titles have come on clay.

 

  • Also in 2017 Wawrinka reached his 4th Masters-1000 final at Indian Wells, falling to Federer, the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Brisbane (l. Kei Nishikori), and the round of 16 at Miami-1000
    (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka has played in every major since making his Grand Slam debut at 2005 Roland Garros. This is his 13th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 49th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, which puts him in 10th place on the list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors in history.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by 2000 Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman.

 

  • NADAL is bidding to become the first player, man or woman, in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian title on 11 occasions in 1960-66, 1969-71, and 1973.

 

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament (men and women)

Player Grand Slam Titles Years
Margaret Court Australian Open* 11 1960-66, 1969-71, 1973
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 10?? 2005-08, 2010-2014, 2017??
Martina Navratilova Wimbledon 9 1978-79, 1982-87, 1990

*Known as Australian Championships before 1969

 

  • Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event.

 

Most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament (men)

Player Grand Slam Titles Years
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 9?? 2005-08, 2010-2014, 2017??
Richard Sears US Championships 7 1881-87*
William Renshaw Wimbledon 7 1881-86, 1889
Bill Larned US Championships 7 1901-02, 1907-11*
Bill Tilden US Championships 7 1920-25, 1929
Pete Sampras Wimbledon 7 1993-95, 1997-2000
Roger Federer Wimbledon 7 2003-07, 2009, 2012

*Challenge round played through 1911 at US Championships

 

  • Nadal is looking to win his 15th Grand Slam title and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam titles won ahead of Pete Sampras. [See table overleaf]

 

 

Grand Slam titles won (all-time)

Player No. of GS titles
Roger Federer 18
Rafael Nadal 15??
Pete Sampras 14
Novak Djokovic

Roy Emerson

12

12

Bjorn Borg

Rod Laver

11

11

Active players in bold

 

  • If he wins today, at 31 years 8 days Nadal will be the oldest player – man or woman – in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles.

 

Age of 15-time Grand Slam winners

Player 15th Grand Slam title Age
Rafael Nadal?? 2017 Roland Garros?? 31 years 8 days
Serena Williams 2012 US Open 30 years 348 days
Martina Navratilova 1986 US Open 29 years 324 days
Chris Evert 1983 Roland Garros 28 years 166 days
Margaret Court 1970 Wimbledon 27 years 353 days
Roger Federer 2009 Wimbledon 27 years 331 days
Helen Wills Moody 1932 Roland Garros 26 years 244 days
Steffi Graf 1994 Australian Open 24 years 230 days

 

  • This is Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam final. He has a 14-7 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match. He has reached back-to-back major finals for the first time since he reached 3 Grand Slam finals in a row from the 2013 US Open through 2014 Roland Garros.

     Nadal in Grand Slam finals

Event Result
2005 Roland Garros d. Mariano Puerta 67(6) 63 61 75
2006 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 16 61 64 76(4)
2006 Wimbledon l. Roger Federer 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2007 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 63 46 63 64
2007 Wimbledon l. Roger Federer 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2008 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 61 63 60
2008 Wimbledon d. Roger Federer 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2009 Australian Open d. Roger Federer 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2010 Roland Garros d. Robin Soderling 64 62 64
2010 Wimbledon d. Tomas Berdych 63 75 64
2010 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 62
2011 Roland Garros d. Roger Federer 75 76(3) 57 61
2011 Wimbledon l. Novak Djokovic 64 61 16 63
2011 US Open l. Novak Djokovic 62 64 67(3) 61
2012 Australian Open l. Novak Djokovic 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2012 Roland Garros d. Novak Djokovic 64 63 26 75
2013 Roland Garros d. David Ferrer 63 62 63
2013 US Open d. Novak Djokovic 62 36 64 61
2014 Australian Open l. Stan Wawrinka 63 62 36 63
2014 Roland Garros d. Novak Djokovic 36 75 62 64
2017 Australian Open l. Roger Federer 64 36 61 36 63
2017 Roland Garros v Stan Wawrinka

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 53rd career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning his 50th clay court title at Monte Carlo-1000, he set an Open Era record for the most career clay court titles ahead of Guillermo Vilas (49).

 

  • Nadal is looking to become the first No. 4 seed to win a Grand Slam title since he won his first major title, as No. 4 seed, by defeating Mariano Puerta in the final here in 2005. Roger Federer is the last No. 4 seed to have reached the final at a Grand Slam, when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at 2014 Wimbledon. Nadal defeated the last No. 4 seed to reach the final at Roland Garros – David Ferrer in 2013.

 

  • Nadal has won 7 of his last 8 meetings with Top 5 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only defeat to a Top 5 player at a major since falling to No. 1 Djokovic in the final at the 2012 Australian Open came against No. 1 Djokovic in the quarterfinals here in 2015. He has a 24-9 win-loss record against Top 5 opponents at the majors overall.

 

  • Nadal is through to the Roland Garros final without dropping a set for the 5th time in his career. He also reached the final here without dropping a set in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He went on to win the title without dropping a set in 2008 and 2010. [NB Nadal has played 16 completed sets here this year due to Pablo Carreno Busta’s retirement in the quarterfinals]

 

  • Nadal has dropped just 29 games in reaching the final here – the 2nd fewest games dropped into a Grand Slam final in the Open Era where the best-of-5 set format has been played*. Bjorn Borg dropped 27 games in reaching the 1978 final. Borg also holds the Open Era record for the fewest games dropped in winning a Grand Slam title (where the best-of-5 format has been played throughout the tournament). [*NB Guillermo Vilas dropped 26 games in reaching the final at the 1977 US Open, but the opening 4 rounds were best-of-3 sets]

 

Fewest games dropped in winning a Grand Slam title*

Bjorn Borg 32 – 1978 Roland Garros
Bjorn Borg 38 – 1980 Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal 41 – 2008 Roland Garros

*Where all matches played were best-of-5-sets

 

  • Nadal has played just 2 five-set matches at Roland Garros – he came back from 1-2 down to defeat John Isner in the 1st round in 2011 and also defeated Djokovic in 5 sets in the 2013 semifinals. He has a 19-9 win-loss record in
    5-set matches overall.

 

  • Nadal is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has a 78-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Federer (65-16), Djokovic (59-12) and Vilas (58-17).

 

  • Roland Garros is Nadal’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, titles won and finals reached.

 

Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 1 51-11 4
Roland Garros 10?? 78-2 10
Wimbledon 2 40-9 5
US Open 2 46-10 3

 

  • By reaching the final here, Nadal became the 3rd man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam event after Bill Tilden (10 US Open finals) and Roger Federer (10 Wimbledon finals).

 

  • By reaching his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal took sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era ahead of Djokovic.

 

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28
Rafael Nadal 22
Novak Djokovic 21
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Rod Laver 17

Active players in bold

 

  • Nadal has reached his 10th Roland Garros final and extended his record for the most final appearances here ahead of 2nd-placed Borg (6 Roland Garros final appearances). He has never lost a Roland Garros final.

 

  • By defeating Dominic Thiem in Friday’s semifinals, Nadal improved his win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals to 22-3. He has a 10-0 win-loss record in semifinals here.

 

  • By defeating Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded his 100th best-of-5-sets match-win on clay. He has a 101-2 win-loss record in best-of-5-sets matches on clay, with his only defeats coming at Roland Garros – in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and the quarterfinals in 2015 (l. Djokovic).

 

  • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Nikoloz Basilashvili here was the first time a man has dropped just one game in a completed match at Roland Garros since 2008, when Tomas Berdych defeated wild card Robert Smeets 61 60 60 in the 1st round and Ferrer defeated Fabrice Santoro 60 61 60 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Basilashvili was his best victory in a best-of-5-sets match on clay in terms of games dropped. He has dropped 3 games or fewer in a completed best-of-5-set match on clay on 7 occasions:

 

Nadal dropping 3 games or fewer in best-of-5-set matches on clay

Event Result Games dropped
2008 Roland Garros – R16 d. Fernando Verdasco 61 60 62 3
2008 Roland Garros – QF d. Nicolas Almagro 61 61 61 3
2009 Davis Cup – WG 1R d. Janko Tipsarevic 61 60 62 3
2012 Roland Garros – R16 d. Juan Monaco 62 60 60 2
2014 Roland Garros – R128 d. Robby Ginepri 60 63 60 3
2016 Roland Garros – 128 d. Sam Groth 61 61 61 3
2017 Roland Garros – R32 d. Nikoloz Basilashvili  60 61 60 1

 

  • At the 2010 US Open, Nadal became the 7th man in history to win all 4 Grand Slam titles. He was the 3rd-youngest in history and the youngest man in the Open Era, to do so.

 

  • Last year here, Nadal gave a walkover ahead of his 3rd round match with Marcel Granollers due to a wrist injury. This is Nadal’s 13th successive Roland Garros and his 48th appearance at a major.

 

  • Nadal is one of only 2 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Alexander Zverev. He won his 10th titles at both Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) and Barcelona (d. Thiem) – becoming the first man in the Open Era to win a singles tournament on 10 occasions – and his 30th Masters 1000 title at Madrid (d. Thiem).

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle Toni since the age of 4. He added 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya to his coaching team ahead of the 2017 season.

*** Statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the ITF

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Rafael Nadal Goes For Tenth French Open Title Against Stan Wawrinka in Final

Rafael Nadal

 

(June 9, 2017) Rafael Nadal will go for an unprecedented tenth French Open title on Sunday, while Stan Wawrinka ties to keep his record in major finals perfect. Both men won their semifinal matches on Friday in very different ways to reach the final.

 

No. 4 Nadal had a very easy time with the man who handed him his only clay court season loss this year. The Spaniard dominated the sixth seed, Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-3. 6-4, 6-0 to reach his tenth Roland Garros final.

 

For the third seed Wawrinka, he won a five-set struggle against the No. 1 seed Andy Murray 6-7(8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-1 in four hours and 34 minutes. Last year he lost to Murray in the semifinals of Paris.

Nadal goes into the final having only dropped 29 games through six matches.

“I don’t care about the games I lost or not, or sets, or these kind of things,” Nadal said to media. “Only thing I care is I have been playing very well during the whole event.”

 

 

Stan Wawrinka

“I’m extremely confident about what I do, about how I feel, about all the hard work I have accomplished over the past days, weeks, months, years,” said Wawrinka of his win. “I know that mentally, when I’m there, it’s difficult to beat me.”

“I’m really happy to be in the final,” said Wawrinka. “I think it was quite a tough match today. A big battle. I want to enjoy it a lot, because, as I say, it’s not all the time you can say you’re going to play a final of a Grand Slam, especially in Paris. I really want to enjoy that.”

It will be a battle between two former French Open champions not only for the title but also for the No. 2 ranking on Sunday. Nadal holds a 15-3 head-to-head record against his Swiss opponent. Nadal is 14-7 in major finals, while Wawrinka is 3-0.

In the all-thirty-something final, Wawrinka at 32 will be the oldest finalist since 1973.

 

Related article:

2017 Roland Garros – Day 15 Men’s Preview

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Claire Liu, Whitney Osuigwe to Meet in Second-Ever All-American French Open Girls’ Singles Final

Claire Liu

Claire Liu, Whitney Osuigwe to Meet in Second-Ever All-American French Open Girls’ Singles Final

 

From the USTA: (June 9, 2017) Seventeen-year old Claire Liu, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and 15-year old Whitney Osuigwe, of Bradenton, Fla., will meet Saturday in an all-American girls’ singles final at the French Open, the first since 1980 and second in the event’s history, dating back to 1953.

 

Liu, who is coached by Mike Gennette, is ranked No. 4 in the world among juniors and No. 351 in the WTA rankings. In the weeks leading up to the French, she won singles titles at two $25,000 pro events, in Naples, Fla., and Caserta, Italy. In 2015, Liu was profiled as part of Sports Illustrated’s ‘Faces in the Crowd‘ feature after winning her first pro title at 14.

 

Osuigwe, the No. 5-ranked junior in the world, is coached by her father, Desmond, who is a teaching pro at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Osuigwe would be the ninth-youngest girls’ singles champion at the French Open, at 15 years, 1 month and 24 days — just over one month older than Justine Henin when she won the Roland Garros girls’ title, in 1997.

 

Kathy Horvath defeated Kelly Henry in the 1980 girls’ final, the only other all-American girls’ final at Roland Garros. Only three other Americans have won the French Open girls’ singles title — Ann Smith (1977), Bonnie Gadusek (1981) and Jennifer Capriati (1989).

 

The girls’ singles final is the second match on after play begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in Paris.

 

Americans will also compete for the boys’ doubles title on Saturday. Eighteen-year old Vasil Kirkov, of Bradenton, Fla., and 17-year old Danny Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio, will play the top-seeded pair of Nicola Kuhn (ESP) and Zsombor Piros (HUN) immedialy following the girls’ singles final.

 

American juniors have had a run of success at the French Open in recent years. In 2015, Tommy Paul beat Taylor Fritz in the first all-American French Open boys’ singles final, dating back to 1947. Last year, Amanda Anisimova reached the girls’ singles final as a 14-year old, and this year, four of the girls’ singles quarterfinalists were American, including Anisimova and Caty McNally.

 

USTA Player Development National Coaches Sylvain Guichard, Leo Azevedo, Erik Kortland and Jean Desdunes have provided support to all American players participating in the French Open junior championships this year.

 

 

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2017 Roland Garros – Day 13 Schedule of Play

2017 Roland Garros

Day 13 Schedule of Play

June 9, 2017

 

Philippe-Chatrier Court
12:45 PM
Men’s Singles – Semifinal
Andy Murray (GBR) [1]
vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3]

Not Before: 3:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Semifinal
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4]
vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6]

Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM
Men’s Legends Over 45
Pat Cash (AUS)
Michael Chang (USA)
vs. John McEnroe (USA)
Cedric Pioline (FRA)

Not Before: 12:30 PM
Men’s Doubles – Semifinal
Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [16]
Robert Farah (COL) [16]
vs. Ryan Harrison (USA)
Michael Venus (NZL)

Women’s Doubles – Semifinal
Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
vs. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [6]
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [6]

Women’s Doubles – Semifinal
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) [1]
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [1]
vs. Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [3]
Martina Hingis (SUI) [3]

Men’s Legends Under 45
Arnaud Clement (FRA)
Nicolas Escude (FRA)
vs. Thomas Enqvist (SWE)
Magnus Norman (SWE)

Court 1
11:00 AM
Girls’ Singles – Semifinal
Marta Paigina (RUS)
vs. Claire Liu (USA) [6]

Women’s Legends
Lindsay Davenport (USA)
Martina Navratilova (USA)
vs. Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
Nathalie Tauziat (FRA)

Boys’ Singles – Semifinal
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) [3]
vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)

Women’s Legends
Tracy Austin-Holt (USA)
Kim Clijsters (BEL)
vs. Conchita Martinez (ESP)
Chanda Rubin (USA)

Court 2
11:00 AM
Boys’ Singles – Semifinal
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) [1]
vs. Nicola Kuhn (ESP) [11]

Boys’ Doubles – Semifinal
Jurij Rodionov (AUT) [4]
Michael Vrbensky (CZE) [4]
vs. Vasil Kirkov (USA)
Danny Thomas (USA)

Boys’ Doubles – Semifinal
Nicola Kuhn (ESP) [1]
Zsombor Piros (HUN) [1]
vs. Sam Riffice (USA)
Gianni Ross (USA)

Court 3
11:00 AM
Girls’ Singles – Semifinal
Whitney Osuigwe (USA) [7]
vs. Elena Rybakina (RUS) [11]

Girls’ Doubles – Semifinal
Ayumi Miyamoto (JPN)
Xiyu Wang (CHN)
vs. Olesya Pervushina (RUS) [2]
Anastasia Potapova (RUS) [2]

Girls’ Doubles – Semifinal
Bianca Andreescu (CAN) [1]
Carson Branstine (CAN) [1]
vs. Maria Lourdes Carle (ARG)
Francesca Jones (GBR)

Court 6
11:00 AM
Men’s Wheelchair Singles – Semifinal
Alfie Hewett (GBR)
vs. Shingo Kunieda (JPN)

Women’s Wheelchair Singles – Semifinal
Marjolein Buis (NED)
vs. Yui Kamiji (JPN) [2]

Men’s Wheelchair Doubles – Semifinal
Stephane Houdet (FRA) [1]
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) [1]
vs. Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
Stefan Olsson (SWE)

Women’s Wheelchair Doubles – Semifinal
Diede De Groot (NED)
Jordanne Whiley (GBR)
vs. Marjolein Buis (NED) [2]
Yui Kamiji (JPN) [2]

Court 8
11:00 AM
Men’s Wheelchair Singles – Semifinal
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)
vs. Nicolas Peifer (FRA)

Women’s Wheelchair Singles – Semifinal
Aniek Van Koot (NED)
vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)

Men’s Wheelchair Doubles – Semifinal
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)
Maikel Scheffers (NED)

vs. Alfie Hewett (GBR) [2]
Gordon Reid (GBR) [2]

Women’s Wheelchair Doubles – Semifinal
Jiske Griffioen (NED) [1]
Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1]
vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)
Charlotte Famin (FRA)

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2017 Roland Garros – Day 13 Men’s Preview

2017 ROLAND GARROS

Day 13 Men’s Preview

Friday 9 June

 

Featured matches

 

Semifinals

 

No. 1 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

No. 4 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 6 Dominic Thiem (AUT)

 

 

A look at the semifinalists…

 

Player Country Age Ranking Best Roland Garros performance Best Grand Slam performance
No. 1 Andy Murray GBR 30 1 RU 2016 3 titles
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka SUI 32 3 W 2015 3 titles
No. 4 Rafael Nadal ESP 31 4 W 2005-08, 2010-14 14 titles
No. 6 Dominic Thiem AUT 23 7 SF 2016-17 SF 2016-17 Roland Garros

 

On court today…

 

  • Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are first on Court Philippe Chatrier in a repeat of last year’s semifinal. Murray won that clash in 4 sets – and victory again today would see him become just the 7th man in the Open Era to reach the finals at all 4 Grand Slam events on multiple occasions. 2015 champion Wawrinka will be looking to avenge that defeat and, at 32 years 75 days, become the oldest Roland Garros finalist since 33-year-old Niki Pilic finished runner-up here in 1973.

 

  • Nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem in the 2nd match on Chatrier in a clash between the 2 form players on clay in 2017 – both men have won 22 matches on the surface this year. Thiem, who has already defeated Nadal twice on the Spaniard’s favourite surface, is bidding to become just the 3rd man to defeat Nadal on clay on 3 or more occasions at Tour-level after Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio.

 

  • None of Wawrinka, Nadal or Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the semifinals here – the first time as many as 3 men have reached the last 4 at a Grand Slam without dropping a set since the 1988 Australian Open, when Pat Cash, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander achieved the feat. It is the first time as many as 3 men have reached the last 4 without dropping a set at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

 

  • The average age of the 4 semifinalists here this year is 29 years 105 days. This ranks 2nd in the Open Era for highest average age of semifinalists at Roland Garros (behind 1968, when it was 33 years 224 days) and 14th in the Open Era for highest average age of semifinalists at any Grand Slam.

 

 

1 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI)

Head-to-head: Murray leads 10-7

2005     Davis Cup (WG-PO)                   Clay (I)              R2        Wawrinka          63 76(5) 64

2006     AMS Miami                               Hard (O)           R128     Wawrinka          75 36 64

2008     Doha                                        Hard (O)           FR        Murray              64 46 62

2008     Marseille                                   Hard (I)             R16      Murray              36 76(5) 61

2008     AMS Rome                               Clay (O)            R32      Wawrinka          62 76(5)

2008     AMS Toronto                            Hard (O)           R16      Murray              62 06 64

2008     US Open                                  Hard (O)           R16      Murray             61 63 63

2009     Wimbledon                              Grass (O)         R16      Murray             26 63 63 57 63

2010     US Open                                  Hard (O)           R32      Wawrinka         67(3) 76(4) 63 63

2011     Shanghai-1000                          Hard (O)           R16      Murray              64 36 63

2012     London Olympic Tennis Event    Grass (O)          R64      Murray              63 63

2012     Tokyo                                       Hard (O)           QF        Murray              62 36 62

2013     Monte Carlo-1000                      Clay (O)            R16      Wawrinka          61 62

2013     US Open                                  Hard (O)           QF        Wawrinka         64 63 62

2015     ATP World Tour Finals               Hard (I)             RR        Wawrinka          76(4) 64

2016     Roland Garros                         Clay (O)            SF        Murray             64 62 46 62

2016     ATP World Tour Finals               Hard (I)             RR        Murray              64 62

 

An 18th career meeting between the 2 players. It is their 6th meeting at a Grand Slam and their 2nd straight Roland Garros semifinal. Murray leads their head-to-heads at Grand Slams 3-2.

 

Murray is facing a Top 5 opponent for just the 2nd time in 2017. His only previous meeting with a Top 5 player this year came in the final at Doha, where he fell to No. 2 Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

 

Murray’s victory against Wawrinka in the semifinals here last year is the only time he has defeated a Top 5 player at Roland Garros in 5 previous attempts.

 

With Murray and Wawrinka both aiming to reach their 2nd final here, the winner of today’s match will become the 20th man in the Open Era to reach the Roland Garros final on multiple occasions. The victor will join Michael Chang, Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Jan Kodes, Rod Laver, Ilie Nastase, Ken Rosewall and Robin Soderling in joint 12th-place on the list for most appearances in the Roland Garros final in the Open Era.

 

The pair are 2 of the 3 Grand Slam champions to have reached the semifinals here from the 6 who started the men’s main draw. Murray is a 3-time major champion, having won the title at the 2012 US Open, and at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. Wawrinka also has 3 major titles, having won at the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open.

 

Murray and Wawrinka are 2 of the 3 men aged 30 or over through to the semifinals here – equalling the Open Era record for the most 30-somethings through to the semifinals at a major. 3 men aged 30 or over also reached the semifinals at 1968 Roland Garros and at the 2017 Australian Open.

 

MURRAY                                                    v                                                  WAWRINKA

 

30                                                        Age                                                        32

6’3”/1.91m                                  Height                                   6’0”/1.83m

1                                                ATP Ranking                                                3

45                                                       Titles                                                       16

3 titles                               Best Grand Slam Result                        3 titles

184-41                            Career Grand Slam Record                            129-45

39-9                                   Roland Garros Record                                  37-11

651-181                                       Career Record                                        464-260

107-45                                  Career Record – Clay                                   172-82

21-7                                             2017 Record                                              25-8

9-4                                        2017 Record – Clay                                       11-3

23-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                 25-20

9                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 6

189-110                              Career Tiebreak Record                              193-174

9-3                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                    13-4

 

 

 

 

Possible final head-to-heads

Nadal Thiem
Murray 7-17 2-1
Wawrinka 3-15 3-1

 

Road to the semifinals

MURRAY Time Time WAWRINKA
d. Andrey Kuznetsov 64 46 62 60

d. Martin Klizan 67(3) 62 62 76(3)

2:32

3:34

1st round

2nd round

1:57

2:34

d. (Q) Jozef Kovalik 62 76(6) 63

d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 64 76(5) 75

d. No. 29 Juan Martin Del Potro 76(8) 75 60 2:53 3rd round 1:52 d. No. 28 Fabio Fognini 76(2) 60 62
d. Karen Khachanov 63 64 64 2:04 Round of 16 2:43 d. No. 15 Gael Monfils 75 76(7) 62
d. No. 8 Kei Nishikori 26 61 76(0) 61 2:39 Quarterfinals 1:40 d. No. 7 Marin Cilic 63 63 61

 

total time on court 13:42 (IBM time) 10:46 total time on court

 

  • MURRAY is attempting to become the 2nd British man in history to reach multiple Roland Garros finals after Fred Perry. Only 3 British men have reached the final here since the event became international in 1925.

 

British men in the final of the French Championships (since 1925)

Year Player Final result
1935 Fred Perry Defeated Gottfried von Cramm 63 36 61 63
1936 Fred Perry Lost Gottfried von Cramm 60 26 62 26 60
1937 Bunny Austin Lost to Henner Henkel 61 64 63
2017 Andy Murray Lost to Novak Djokovic 36 61 62 64

 

  • Murray is bidding to reach his 12th Grand Slam final and extend his lead over Perry for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922).

 

Player Appearances in Grand Slam finals
Andy Murray 11 – US Open 2008, 2012; Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16; Wimbledon 2012-13, 2016; Roland Garros 2016
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936; Australian Championships 1934-35; French Championships 1935-36; Wimbledon 1934-36

 

  • Murray is looking to reach his 12th Grand Slam final and take sole ownership of 9th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era ahead of Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander. [NB Rafael Nadal is looking to take sole ownership of 2nd place on the list today]

 

Grand Slam finals reached (Open Era)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28
Rafael Nadal 22??
Novak Djokovic 21
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Bjorn Borg 16
Andre Agassi

Jimmy Connors

15

15

Andy Murray?? 12??
Stefan Edberg

John McEnroe

Mats Wilander

11

11

11

Active players in bold

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 7th man in the Open Era to record multiple appearances in the finals at all 4 Grand Slam events. (See table overleaf)

 

 

 

 

 

Player Appearances in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
Andre Agassi 6 US Open finals, 4 Australian Open finals, 3 Roland Garros finals, 2 Wimbledon finals
Novak Djokovic 7 US Open finals, 6 Australian Open finals, 4 Roland Garros finals, 4 Wimbledon finals
Roger Federer 10 Wimbledon finals, 7 US Open finals, 6 Australian Open finals, 5 Roland Garros finals
Ivan Lendl 8 US Open finals, 5 Roland Garros finals, 4 Australian Open finals, 2 Wimbledon finals
Rafael Nadal 9 Roland Garros finals, 5 Wimbledon finals, 4 Australian Open finals, 3 US Open finals
Ken Rosewall* 2 Australian Open finals, 2 Roland Garros finals, 2 Wimbledon finals, 2 US Open finals
Andy Murray?? 5 Australian Open finals, 3 Wimbledon finals, 2 US Open finals, 2 Roland Garros finals??

* Also reached 8 Slam finals pre-Open Era

 

  • Murray has a 1-3 win-loss record in semifinals here, compared with 2-1 at the US Open, 3-4 at Wimbledon and 5-1 at the Australian Open.

 

                                            Murray’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances

Grand Slam Opponent Result
2008 US Open Rafael Nadal d. 62 76(5) 46 64
2009 Wimbledon Andy Roddick l. 64 46 76(7) 76(5)
2010 Australian Open Marin Cilic d. 36 64 64 62
2010 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal l. 64 76(6) 64
2011 Australian Open David Ferrer d. 46 76(2) 61 76(2)
2011 Roland Garros Rafael Nadal l. 64 75 64
2011 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal l. 57 62 62 64
2011 US Open Rafael Nadal l. 64 62 36 62
2012 Australian Open Novak Djokovic l. 63 36 67(4) 61 75
2012 Wimbledon Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. 63 64 36 75
2012 US Open Tomas Berdych d. 57 62 61 76(7)
2013 Australian Open Roger Federer d. 64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62
2013 Wimbledon Jerzy Janowicz d. 67(2) 64 64 63
2014 Roland Garros Rafael Nadal l. 63 62 61
2015 Australian Open Tomas Berdych d. 67(6) 60 63 75
2015 Roland Garros Novak Djokovic l. 63 63 57 57 61
2015 Wimbledon Roger Federer l. 75 75 64
2016 Australian Open Milos Raonic d. 46 75 67(4) 64 62
2016 Roland Garros Stan Wawrinka d. 64 62 46 62
2016 Wimbledon Tomas Berdych d. 63 63 63
2017 Roland Garros Stan Wawrinka ??

 

  • Murray has won just one of his last 8 meetings with Top 5 opposition at the Grand Slams. His only victory against a Top 5 player at a major since he defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win the title at 2013 Wimbledon came against today’s opponent in the semifinals here last year.

 

  • Murray is bidding to record a 6th clay court victory over a Top 5 player on his 19th attempt. This is his first encounter with a Top 5 opponent on clay this season.

 

  • Roland Garros is Murray’s least successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins and finals reached.

 

Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 0 48-12 5
Roland Garros 0 39-9 2??
Wimbledon 2 53-9 3
US Open 1 44-11 2

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here for the 5th time, Murray has equalled Andre Agassi and his coach Ivan Lendl in joint-6th place on the list for most Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era. Rafael Nadal (10 semifinals), Djokovic (8), Roger Federer (7), Bjorn Borg (6) and Wilander (6) are the only men to have reached the last 4 more often in the Open Era.

 

  • By reaching his 4th consecutive Roland Garros semifinal, Murray has moved into joint-4th place on the list for most consecutive Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era. Only Djokovic (6 – 2011-16), Federer (5 – 2005-09) and Nadal (5 – 2010-14) have reached more consecutive semifinals here. Murray also holds the longest active streak of semifinal appearances at Roland Garros.

 

  • By reaching his 21st Grand Slam semifinal, Murray has closed the gap on Pete Sampras (23 semifinals) in 7th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (41 semifinals), Djokovic (31) and Nadal (25) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray.

 

  • Murray has reached his 21st Grand Slam semifinal and extended his record for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a British man ahead of Perry (13 semifinals). Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 6 times, Roland Garros 5 times, Wimbledon 7 times and the US Open 3 times.

 

  • Murray is bidding to extend his record for the most Roland Garros match-wins by a British man. He has a 39-9 win-loss record here, ahead of Perry (28-5), Bunny Austin (23-6), Patrick Hughes (21-6), Billy Knight (19-10) and Bobby Wilson (19-9).

 

  • Murray is the only British player – man or woman – to have reached 5 semifinals at Roland Garros. Murray is one of just 4 British players along with Perry (1935-36), Austin (1935, 1937) and Ann Jones (1968-69) to reach multiple semifinals here.

 

  • By defeating Karen Khachanov in the round of 16 here, Murray recorded his 650th Tour-level match-win. He was the 15th man to reach the 650 match-wins milestone.

 

  • Last year here Murray recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the final for the first time, falling to Djokovic in 4 sets. He became the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events.

 

  • Murray is a 3-time Grand Slam champion. He won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic) before winning the title again in 2016 (d. Milos Raonic). He is one of 3 Grand Slam champions to reach the semifinals here from the 6 that started in the men’s main draw.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become just the 2nd British man to win Roland Garros after Perry, who won the title here in 1935.

 

  • Murray is bidding to add to his US Open and 2 Wimbledon titles and become the 17th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles (see Preview page 4).

 

  • Murray warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the semifinals at Barcelona (l. Dominic Thiem) and the 3rd round at both Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) and Madrid-1000 (l. Borna Coric). He lost to Fabio Fognini in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (after receiving a 1st round bye).

 

  • Also in 2017, Murray won his 45th Tour-level title at Dubai (d. Verdasco). He finished runner-up at Doha
    (l. Djokovic) but fell in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where world No. 50 Mischa Zverev became the lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray at a major since No. 51 Juan Ignacio Chela at the 2006 Australian Open.

 

  • Murray is seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time, having also been seeded No. 1 at this year’s Australian Open. He is the first British man to be seeded No. 1 at Roland Garros since Austin in 1937.

 

  • Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl, who won Roland Garros in 1984, 1986 and 1987, and former world No. 121 Jamie Delgado.

 

  • WAWRINKA is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and his 2nd at Roland Garros.

 

  • Aged 32 years 75 days, Wawrinka is looking to become the oldest man to reach the final at Roland Garros since Niki Pilic finished runner-up here aged 33 years 280 days in 1973. Wawrinka is the oldest man to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors reached the last 4 here aged 32 years 280 days in 1985.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and join Michael Chang, Lleyton Hewitt, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Rafter and Marat Safin in joint-23rd place on the list for most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era.

 

  • Wawrinka is one of 3 Swiss players – men or women – to have reached a Grand Slam final in history alongside Roger Federer (28 Grand Slam finals) and Martina Hingis (12). [NB. Written prior to Timea Bacsinszky’s semifinal match with Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday]

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to record his 10th straight win and record a new career-best Tour-level winning streak on clay, having defended his title at Geneva prior to coming here. By reaching the semifinals here, he equalled his career-best Tour-level winning streak on clay of 9 straight wins, which he has achieved on 3 other occasions – in winning the title at 2013 Oeiras through to the final at 2013 Madrid-1000, in winning the title at 2015 Roland Garros through to the quarterfinals at 2016 Monte Carlo-1000, and in winning the title at 2016 Geneva through to the semifinals at 2016 Roland Garros.

 

  • Wawrinka is bidding to defeat a world No. 1 for the 4th time in his career. All 3 of his wins against players ranked No. 1 have come in Grand Slam finals – against Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final and against Novak Djokovic in both the 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 US Open finals. He has a 3-20 win-loss record against players ranked No. 1 overall.

 

  • Wawrinka has reached the semifinals at 4 of the last 5 Grand Slams. He is through to his 9th Grand Slam semifinal overall. He has a 1-1 win-loss record in semifinals here, compared with 1-2 at both the Australian Open and the US Open. He has never reached a semifinal at Wimbledon.

 

                                            Wawrinka’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances

Grand Slam Opponent Result
2013 US Open Novak Djokovic l. 26 76(4) 36 63 64
2014 Australian Open Tomas Berdych d. 63 67(1) 76(3) 76(4)
2015 Australian Open Novak Djokovic l. 76(1) 36 64 46 60
2015 Roland Garros Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. 63 67(1) 76(3) 64
2015 US Open Roger Federer l. 64 63 61
2016 Roland Garros Andy Murray l. 64 62 46 62
2016 US Open Kei Nishikori d. 46 75 64 62
2017 Australian Open Roger Federer l. 75 63 16 46 63
2017 Roland Garros v Andy Murray ??

 

  • Wawrinka has dropped just 54 games in reaching the semifinals here – the joint-fewest games he has dropped in reaching the semifinals at a Grand Slam. He also dropped 54 games in reaching the semifinals at 2015 Roland Garros.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Wawrinka has reached 3 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals for the first time in his career. He is also through to his 3rd straight Roland Garros semifinal – the first time he has reached 3 consecutive semifinals at a single Grand Slam event.

 

  • By reaching his 9th Grand Slam semifinal, Wawrinka has taken sole ownership of 20th place on the list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached in the Open Era ahead of Chang, Vitas Gerulaitis, Hewitt and Tony Roche, who all reached 8 Grand Slam semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to become the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30. Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only men to have won 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 [see Preview page 8].

 

  • Roland Garros is Wawrinka’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. If he wins today, it will become his joint-most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won along with the US Open.

 

Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 1 36-11 1
Roland Garros 1 37-11 1
Wimbledon 0 18-12 0
US Open 1 38-11 1

 

  • Wawrinka’s best Roland Garros performance is winning the title in 2015, defeating Djokovic 46 64 63 64 in the final. He was the first man to win Roland Garros a year after losing in the 1st round since 2002 champion Albert Costa, who had lost in the 1st round in Paris in 2001. At 30 years 71 days was the oldest male champion since Andres Gomez in 1990.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won the 2014 Australian Open
    (d. Nadal) and the 2016 US Open (d. Djokovic). At the Australian Open, he was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergi Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Rosewall in 1970.

 

  • On his title defence here last year, Wawrinka lost to today’s opponent in 4 sets in the semifinals.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for Roland Garros by defending his title at Geneva (d. Mischa Zverev) after 3rd round finishes at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Rome-1000 (l. John Isner). He lost his opening match at Madrid-1000 (l. Benoit Paire). 7 of his 16 career titles have come on clay.

 

  • Also in 2017 Wawrinka reached his 4th Masters-1000 final at Indian Wells, falling to Federer, the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Brisbane (l. Kei Nishikori), and the round of 16 at Miami-1000
    (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka has played in every major since making his Grand Slam debut at 2005 Roland Garros. This is his 13th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 49th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, which puts him in 10th place on the list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors in history.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by 2000 Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman.

 

 

 

4 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 6 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)

 

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 4-2

2014     Roland Garros             Clay (O)           R64      Nadal               62 62 63

2016     Buenos Aires                Clay (O)            SF        Thiem               64 46 76(4)

2016     Monte Carlo-1000          Clay (O)            R16      Nadal                75 63

2017     Barcelona                     Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                64 61

2017     Madrid-1000                  Clay (O)            FR        Nadal                76(8) 64

2017     Rome-1000                   Clay (O)            QF        Thiem               64 63

 

A 7th meeting between the 2 players and their 2nd here – and at a Grand Slam. All of their previous meetings have been on clay.

 

This is the 4th consecutive tournament meeting for Nadal and Thiem, who have met in the last 3 tournaments they have contested at Barcelona, Madrid-1000 and Rome-1000.

 

Thiem is bidding to become the 3rd man to defeat Nadal on clay on 3 or more occasions at Tour-level after Novak Djokovic (7 clay court wins against Nadal) and Gaston Gaudio (3). He is one of just 7 men to have recorded multiple clay court match-wins against Nadal along with Djokovic, Gaudio, Roger Federer (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2) and Andy Murray (2).

 

In 5 of the previous 6 meetings between Nadal and Thiem, the winner of their match has gone on to win the title. That pattern ended in their most recent encounter at 2017 Rome-1000, when Thiem defeated Nadal before falling to Djokovic in the semifinals.

 

The winner of today’s match will take sole occupancy of 1st place on the list for the most clay court match-wins in 2017. Nadal and Thiem are currently joint top of the list with 22 clay-court match-wins each this year.

 

     2017 Tour-level clay-court match-wins

Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem

22-1

22-4

Albert Ramos-Vinolas 21-11
Pablo Carreno Busta 20-8
Alexander Zverev 16-4

 

Nadal and Thiem occupy the Top 2 positions for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2017.

 

2017 Tour-level match-wins

Rafael Nadal 41-6
Dominic Thiem 34-12
David Goffin 31-12
Pablo Carreno Busta 27-14
Alexander Zverev 27-10

 

NADAL                                                      v                                                       THIEM

 

31*                                                        Age                                                        23

6’1”/1.85m                                  Height                                   6’1”/1.85m

4                                                ATP Ranking                                                7

72                                                       Titles                                                        8

14 titles                              Best Grand Slam Result      SF 2016, 2017 Roland Garros

214-32                            Career Grand Slam Record                             28-13

77-2                                   Roland Garros Record                                   12-3

847-180                                       Career Record                                         156-94

387-35                                  Career Record – Clay                                    81-29

41-6                                             2017 Record                                            34-12

22-1                                       2017 Record – Clay                                       22-4

19-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   3-2

3                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 1

208-134                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 60-56

8-3                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     9-7

                                              *Turned 31 on 3 June

Possible final head-to-heads

Murray Wawrinka
Nadal 17-7 15-3
Thiem 1-2 1-3

 

 

Road to the Semifinals

NADAL Time Time THIEM
d. Benoit Paire 61 64 61

d. Robin Haase 61 64 63

1:52

1:49

1st round

2nd round

1:20

2:23

d. Bernard Tomic 64 60 62

d. (Q) Simone Bolelli 75 61 63

d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 60 61 60 1:31 3rd round 2:03 d. No. 25 Steve Johnson 61 76(4) 63
d. No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut 61 62 62

d. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta 62 2-0 ret.

(left abdominal muscle)

1:51

0:51

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

1:39

2:15

d. Horacio Zeballos 61 63 61

d. No. 2 Novak Djokovic 76(5) 63 60

total time on court 7:54 (IBM time) 9:40 total time on court

 

 

  • 9-time champion NADAL is bidding to become the 3rd man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam event after Bill Tilden (10 US Open finals) and Roger Federer (10 Wimbledon finals).

 

  • Nadal is looking to reach his 22nd Grand Slam final and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era ahead of Novak Djokovic.

 

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player No. of GS finals
Roger Federer 28
Rafael Nadal 22??
Novak Djokovic 21
Ivan Lendl 19
Pete Sampras 18
Rod Laver 17

Active players in bold

 

  • Nadal is bidding to reach his 10th Roland Garros final and extend his record for the most final appearances here ahead of 2nd-placed Bjorn Borg (6 Roland Garros final appearances).

 

  • Nadal has dropped just 22 games in reaching the semifinals here – the fewest games dropped into a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era where five best-of-5 set matches have been played. Borg holds the Open Era record for the fewest games dropped into a Grand Slam final (where the best-of-5 format has been played throughout the tournament) – dropping just 27 games in reaching the final at 1978 Roland Garros.

 

Fewest games dropped in reaching a Grand Slam final*

Bjorn Borg 27 – 1978 Roland Garros
Bjorn Borg 31 – 1980 Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal 35 – 2012 Roland Garros

(*In the current 128-draw format where all-matches played were best-of-5-sets)

[NB Guillermo Vilas dropped 26 games in reaching the final at the 1977 US Open, but the opening 4 rounds were best-of-3 sets]

[Andres Gimeno dropped 33 games in reaching the 1969 Australian Open final, but the format was a 64-draw]

 

  • Nadal has never lost in the semifinals here. He has won all 9 of the semifinals he has contested at Roland Garros en route to the titles in 2005-08 and 2010-2014.

 

  • Nadal has a 21-3 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals. The last time he lost a semifinal at one of the majors was when he suffered his worst Grand Slam defeat (in terms of games won), losing 62 62 62 to Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Nadal is guaranteed to climb to at least No. 3 in the world – his highest ranking since March 2015 – when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday 12 June. He will rise to No. 2 – his highest ranking since October 2014 – unless Stan Wawrinka outperforms him here.

 

  • Nadal is the leading performer in Roland Garros history. He has a 77-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros, ahead of Federer (65-16), Novak Djokovic (59-12) and Guillermo Vilas (58-17).
  • Roland Garros is Nadal’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, titles won and finals reached.

 

Grand Slam Titles won Win-loss record Finals reached
Australian Open 1 51-11 4
Roland Garros 9 77-2 10??
Wimbledon 2 40-9 5
US Open 2 46-10 3

 

  • Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973 [see Preview page 1].

 

  • Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event. He won the title here in 2005-08 and 2010-14. He is the only man in history to have won 5 titles in a row at Roland Garros.

 

  • Nadal is bidding to win his 53rd career clay court title at Roland Garros. By winning his 50th clay court title at Monte Carlo-1000, he set an Open Era record for the most career clay court titles ahead of Vilas (49).

 

  • By defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded his 100th best-of-5-sets match-win on clay. He has a 100-2 win-loss record in best-of-5-sets matches on clay, with his only defeats coming at Roland Garros – in the round of 16 in 2009 (l. Robin Soderling) and the quarterfinals in 2015 (l. Djokovic).

 

  • By reaching his 25th Grand Slam semifinal, Nadal has closed the gap on Andre Agassi in 5th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinal appearances. Only Federer (41), Djokovic (31), Jimmy Connors (31), Ivan Lendl (28) and Agassi (26) have reached more major semifinals than Nadal.

 

  • By reaching his 10th Roland Garros semifinal, Nadal has extended the record he set in 2014 for most Roland Garros semifinal appearances in the Open Era ahead of Djokovic (8), Federer (7), Borg (6) and Mats Wilander (6).

 

  • By reaching his 10th semifinal here, Nadal has become just the 5th man in the Open Era to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event. Federer has achieved the feat at 3 of the majors, while Connors has done so at 2 Grand Slams.

 

Players to reach 10 semifinals at a single Grand Slam event (Open Era)

Roger Federer 13 Australian Open semifinals, 11 Wimbledon semifinals, 10 US Open semifinals
Jimmy Connors 14 US Open semifinals, 11 Wimbledon semifinals
Andre Agassi 10 US Open semifinals
Novak Djokovic 10 US Open semifinals
Rafael Nadal 10 Roland Garros semifinals

 

  • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Basilashvili here was the first time a man has dropped just one game in a completed match at Roland Garros since 2008, when Tomas Berdych defeated wild card Robert Smeets 61 60 60 in the 1st round and David Ferrer defeated Fabrice Santoro 60 61 60 in the 2nd round.

 

  • Nadal’s 3rd round win over Basilashvili was his best victory in a best-of-5-sets match on clay in terms of games dropped. He has dropped 3 games or fewer in a completed best-of-5-set match on clay on 7 occasions:

 

Nadal dropping 3 games or fewer in best-of-5-set matches on clay

Event Result Games dropped
2008 Roland Garros – R16 d. Fernando Verdasco 61 60 62 3
2008 Roland Garros – QF d. Nicolas Almagro 61 61 61 3
2009 Davis Cup – WG 1R d. Janko Tipsarevic 61 60 62 3
2012 Roland Garros – R16 d. Juan Monaco 62 60 60 2
2014 Roland Garros – R128 d. Robby Ginepri 60 63 60 3
2016 Roland Garros – 128 d. Sam Groth 61 61 61 3
2017 Roland Garros – R32 d. Nikoloz Basilashvili  60 61 60 1

 

  • Last year here, Nadal gave a walkover ahead of his 3rd round match with Marcel Granollers due to a wrist injury. This is Nadal’s 13th successive Roland Garros and his 48th appearance at a major.

 

  • Nadal is one of only 2 players to have won multiple clay court titles this year along with Alexander Zverev. He won his 10th titles at both Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) and Barcelona (d. today’s opponent) – becoming the first man in the Open Era to win a singles tournament on 10 occasions – and his 30th Masters 1000 title at Madrid (d. today’s opponent).

 

  • Nadal has been coached by his uncle Toni since the age of 4. He added 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya to his coaching team ahead of the 2017 season.

 

  • THIEM is bidding to become the 2nd Austrian player – man or woman – in history to reach a Grand Slam final. 1995 Roland Garros champion Thomas Muster is the only Austrian player to reach the final at a major.

 

  • At 23 years 281 days, Thiem is looking to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Novak Djokovic (23 years 253 days) and Andy Murray (23 years 260 days) played each other in the final at the 2011 Australian Open. He would be the youngest man to reach the Roland Garros final since today’s opponent (22 years 5 days) in 2008.

 

  • Thiem is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to reach the final at Roland Garros since Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the title in 1996. The last No. 6 seed to reach a Grand Slam final was Milos Raonic at 2016 Wimbledon and the last No. 6 seed to win a major was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open.

 

  • Thiem is bidding to record his 82nd Tour-level match-win on clay and join Hans Kary in 6th place on the list for most Tour-level clay court matches won by an Austrian man.

 

        Clay court matches won by an Austrian man (Tour-level)

Thomas Muster 426-127
Horst Skoff 178-123
Jurgen Melzer 123-114
Gilbert Schaller 103-96
Stefan Koubek 95-94
Hans Kary 82-126
Dominic Thiem 81-29
Markus Hipfl 56-54

 

  • Thiem is bidding to record his 29th Grand Slam match-win and close the gap on Stefan Koubek in 3rd place on the list for most Grand Slam matches won by an Austrian man.

 

    Grand Slam matches won by an Austrian man

Thomas Muster 77-38
Jurgen Melzer 59-53
Stefan Koubek 31-38
Dominic Thiem 28-13
Hermann Artens 19-12

 

  • Thiem’s victory against Djokovic was the 250th Tour-level match of his career. He has a 156-94 win-loss record at Tour-level, with 81 of his Tour-level victories coming on clay. By contrast, he has a 66-57 win-loss record on hard courts and a 9-8 win-loss record on grass.

 

  • Roland Garros is Thiem’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has a 12-3 win-loss record here, compared with 8-3 at the US Open, 6-4 at the Australian Open and 2-3 at Wimbledon.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here, Thiem has become the 2nd Austrian man in history to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals after Muster, who reached the last 4 at the Australian Open in 1989 and 1997 and at Roland Garros in 1990 and 1995.

 

  • By defeating Djokovic in the quarterfinals here, Thiem improved his win-loss record against Top 5 players on clay to 6-6. He has a 7-15 win-loss record against Top 5 opposition overall.

 

  • Thiem has dropped 39 games en route to reaching the semifinals here – he dropped 76 games when he reached this stage here last year.

 

  • By reaching the semifinals here for a 2nd consecutive year, Thiem has equalled his best Grand Slam performance. He also reached the last 4 here last year (l. Djokovic). This is his 4th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 14th Grand Slam overall.
  • Thiem warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the finals at Barcelona and Madrid-1000, losing to today’s opponent on both occasions. He is the only player to have defeated today’s opponent on clay this season, winning in the quarterfinals at Rome-1000 before falling to Djokovic in the semifinals.

 

  • Earlier this year, Thiem won his 8th career title at Rio de Janeiro, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in the final. He also reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov), Sydney (l. Dan Evans), Rotterdam (l. Pierre-Hugues Herbert), Acapulco (l. Sam Querrey) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Stan Wawrinka), and the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. David Goffin).

 

  • Thiem is seeded No. 6 at this year’s tournament – his highest Grand Slam seeding. He has been seeded at the past 7 Grand Slams, with his previous highest seeding being No. 8 (at 2016 Wimbledon, the 2016 US Open and the 2017 Australian Open).

 

  • Thiem recorded a career-high ranking of No. 7 after reaching the semifinals here last year, becoming the 3rd Austrian man – and first since Melzer in 2011 – to reach the Top 10. He plays here at the same ranking.

 

  • Thiem is a former junior world No. 2. He reached the boys’ singles final at Roland Garros as No. 14 seed in 2011, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo 36 63 86. As well as reaching the junior Roland Garros final, Thiem’s best junior result is winning the 2011 Orange Bowl.

 

  • Thiem joined the Austrian military as part of the country’s mandatory national service for 6 months from November 2014-April 2015, but continued to play on Tour during that time.

 

  • Thiem has been coached by Gunter Bresnik in Vienna since 2004. His physio is Alex Stober.

***Statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the ITF.

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Unseeded Ostapenko to Face Third Seed Halep in Roland Garros Final

(June 8, 2017) In a battle between women celebrating birthdays, No. 47th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia became the first unseeded woman to reach the Roland Garros final since 1983, when she beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals on Thursday in Paris.

Ostapenko, 20, became the first Latvian player to reach a major final.

She’ll be facing No. 3 seed and 2014 French Open finalist Simona Halep for the title on Saturday. Halep defeated No. 2 Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Ostapenko goes into the final having never won a title on the WTA tour. The last person to win a major as their first tournament victory was 1997 French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten on June 8 – the day she was born.

After the match while being interviewed on court by former player Marion Bartoli, Bartoli led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Ostapenko.

For the birthday girl who lost, Bacsinszky, 28, it was her second trip to the French Open semifinal. Two years ago she lost to Serena Williams.

“I’m really happy,” Ostapenko said. “I love to play here, I love you guys, you’re amazing, thanks for coming to support me. I’m just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday.”

 

Simona Halep

Just 24 hours before her semifinal, Halep came back from being a set and 5-1 down to reach the final four. The 25-year-old Romanian remained steady and played incredible defense in her victory over Pliskova. The win keeps her hopes alive for attaining the No. 1 ranking. Should she win on Saturday, she would move into the top spot.
“It’s a great feeling. What can I say?” she said to media. “I feel like I have more experience. I’m happy, but I’m not that excited. I’m looking forward, actually, to play the final.
“Today was a great battle. Every point was very important. I felt that I had to run for every ball, be focused for every ball. So, I’m happy with my performance.”

As for her opponent in the final, “I never played against her. I don’t know what to expect from her. I saw a little bit of her match today. In my opinion is similar to what I had today, so maybe’s gonna be the same plan,” Halep said.

 

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