TENNIS - Rafael Nadal set a record by winning his seventh men’s singles title at Roland Garros, surpassing the mark of six by Björn Borg. He also joined Borg on 11 Grand Slam titles and in that sense he has only three players ahead of him: Roger Federer (16), Pete Sampras (14) and Roy Emerson (12).
TENNIS - By defeating Roger Federer in last Friday’s semifinal, Novak Djokovic earned himself his first final spot at Roland Garros. That makes the Serb only the ninth man since the beginning of the Open Era to appear in all four Major finals (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open) at least once.
TENNIS - Maria Sharapova has won the 2012 French Open and has thereby won a career Grand Slam, having won each of the four Majors at least once. She is the sixth person to achieve this in the Open era, joining Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.
TENNIS - The 2012 Roland Garros women’s singles final will be played between Maria Sharapova (RUS) and Sara Errani (ITA). For Maria Sharapova, it will be a unique opportunity to sharply etch her name in the tennis history books. In her first ever final on the clay courts in Paris on her 10th attempt, she can complete the Career Grand Slam.
TENNIS - Novak Djokovic has won 26 Grand Slam men’s singles matches in a row going into today’s semifinal encounter with Roger Federer. The Swiss star is the holder of the longest winning streak at Grand Slams in the Open era. He has won 27successive Grand Slam matches on two separate occasions.
TENNIS - Andy Murray’s quarterfinal exit at Roland Garros means that his dream of winning a Grand Slam title has been put on hold. This was his 26th attempt at it and although the Scotsman is only 25, the window seems to be closing rapidly. Of 51 players that have won at least one GS title in the Open era, only five needed more than 25 attempts to succeed.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros at the expense of Nicolás Almagro on Wednesday, giving Nadal his 50th singles win at the Porte d’Auteuil. He improved his career record to 50-1 at Roland Garros, having suffered his only defeat in the fourth round of 2009, when he was beaten by Robin Söderling.
Tennis - The Women’s draw at Roland Garros lost No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka on Sunday. The world number one from Belarus lost 2-6, 6-7 to Dominika Cibulková (SVK) in the fourth round. In the Women’s singles, only one No. 1 seed has won in Paris since 1997 (Justine Henin in 2007). Azarenka can now lose the number one WTA-ranking to Maria Sharapova should the Russian reach the final in Paris.
TENNIS - John Isner, famous for his gruelling marathon match with Nicolas Mahut, setting records for the longest tennis match in professional matches, was at it again. Isner fought Paul-Henri Mathieu at Roland Garros and the two recorded the longest ever Open era French Open match in terms of games played.
TENNIS - Roger Federer defeated Tobias Kamke in the first round of Roland Garros, becoming only the fourth player to secure 50+ singles wins at the Porte d’Auteuil (Open era). Federer can equal the competition record of 56 this year if he wins six more matches in this tournament.
TENNIS - Roger Federer will meet Tobias Kamke in the second match at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Monday. This will signify the Swiss star’s 50th consecutive Grand Slam start, a run that started at the 2000 Australian Open. Federer will become the third player in Open era history to appear in the men’s singles tournament of 50 Slams in a row.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal is about to embark on what could become a record setting seventh men’s singles title at Roland Garros. The prolific Spaniard has won 45 of the 46 matches he has played on the Parisian clay, losing only to Robin Söderling in their fourth round match in 2009. We have compared Nadal to others in Open era at Roland Garros.
TENNIS - Robin Söderling has announced that he will not be taking part at Roland Garros, which will be starting this Sunday in Paris. The Swede made it to the men’s singles final at the Porte d’Auteuil in both 2009 and 2010, however was beaten on two occasions. Söderling has not made it past the quarterfinals in any of the other Slams. Söderling is the only man to ever beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros (in the Last 16 in 2009). The Spaniard has a 45-1 won-lost record in the year’s only Major on clay.