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After Christmas! The best champions of “Roland Garros” – rating of the strongest tennis players

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 07:08:16

After Christmas! The best champions of “Roland Garros” – rating of the strongest tennis players

Alexander Nasonov May 24, 2023, 16:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

It brought together all the athletes, except Rafael, who have won the French Open since the 1990s. And who is the best after him, you decide.

At the end of May – beginning of June, Roland Garros, also known as the French Open, will take place in Paris (France). Since the 1990s, 14 tennis players have won the tournament. Someone won here repeatedly, while other strong tennis players only managed it once. Which of them is really the strongest is up to you. You can explain your choice in the comments.

Important clarification: Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros a total of 14 times, and for this reason we decided to cross him off the list. Granted, in Paris, a native of Manacor is beyond qualification.

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Rating: the best Roland Garros champions

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Thomas Muster (Austria) – 1995

For Muster, this title remained the only one on TBSh. But in that tournament, the Austrian performed beyond praise. In general, he only struggled in the quarterfinals, when he had to win again in a five-setter with Albert Costa. And all other opponents, starting from the second round, including Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the semifinals and Michael Chang in the final, Thomas beat in three games.

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André Agassi (United States) – 1999

Agassi’s only Parisian title, which, let’s remember, was won by all the other TBSH. The American was seeded 13th, and with the net, I have to say, he had a bit of luck. The most difficult match, it seemed, was expected by Andre in the fourth round, then he beat Carlos Moya (4), at that time the current champion of the tournament. Then Agassi defeated qualifier Marcelo Filippini and beat Dominik Hrbaty in four sets, and in the final he won a super-strong victory over Ukrainian Andrey Medvedev – 1: 6, 2: 6, 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 4 .

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Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 2009

Maestro’s only victory at Roland Garros. It might not have happened if Rafael Nadal hadn’t lost sensationally to Robin Söderling in the fourth round. Yes, and Federer himself had problems at the same stage: in the match with Tommy Haas, he came back from 0-2 in sets. Then there was a confident victory over Gael Monfils, a dramatic one over Juan Martín del Potro (3:6, 7:6, 2:6, 6:1, 6:4), and in the final – over Söderling himself in three sets. .

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Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) – 2015

In the first four matches of the tournament, Wawrinka gave up only one set to his opponents. In the decisive stages, the Swiss showed that he was in great shape. In the quarterfinals, Wawrinka (8) defeated Roger Federer (2) in three sets, was stronger than Gael Monfils in the semifinals, and defeated the same Novak Djokovic in the final – 4:6, 6:4, 6: 3, 6: 4.

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Novak Djokovic (Serbia) — 2016, 2021

Djokovic failed to win Roland Garros for a long time, but in 2016 he finally closed this gap by beating Andy Murray in the final. And five years later, Novak defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, coming back from 0-2 in sets and becoming the first and so far only tennis player in history to win at least two of each TSH.

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Jim Courier (United States) – 1991-1992

Courier has held an abrupt record for more than 30 years: he is the youngest tennis player in history to reach the final of all four TBSH (22 years and 11 months). It was in Paris that the American won his first major, defeating his compatriot Andre Agassi in the final-3:6, 6:4, 2:6, 6:1, 6:4. And a year later, Jim defended the title, beating Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia in three sets in the final.

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Sergi Brugera (Spain) – 1993-1994

Brugera stopped Jim Courier’s triumph at Roland Garros. In the 1993 final, the Spaniard defeated the reigning two-time champion from Paris – 6:4, 2:6, 6:2, 3:6, 6:3. And a year later, Sergi defended the title by defeating his compatriot Alberto Berasategui. These TBSH titles remained the only ones for Brugera. At all the other majors, he, he didn’t even make it to the quarterfinals!

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Evgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) – 1996

First of two TBSH titles as the best Russian tennis player of the 1990s. Kafelnikov, who received the sixth seed, throughout the tournament gave his opponents one set in seven matches, in the quarterfinals with Richard Krajicek. But Pete Sampras in the semifinal and Michael Stich in the final did not take a single game away from Evgeny. Although the decisive match was tense, as evidenced by the score: 7:6 (7:4), 7:5, 7:6 (7:4) in favor of Kafelnikov.

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Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) – 1997, 2000-2001

Kuerten, being a ground player (although he had brilliant victories on hard), won all three of his TBSH titles at Roland Garros. For the first time, the Brazilian won in Paris at the age of 20, beating two-time tournament champion Sergi Brugera in the final. And already at the turn of the millennium, Gustavo shot a double. In 2000, Magnus Norman lost to him in the decisive match, and in 2001, Alex Corretja.

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Carlos Moya (Spain) – 1998

Moya, the 12th seed, had some luck with the net. Up to and including the fourth round, he fought wild card holders/qualifiers. The most serious test awaited Carlos in the quarterfinals: Marcelo Ríos (3) was defeated in four sets. And then the Spanish tennis player beat Félix Mantilla and Alex Corretja, his compatriots, who were even lower seeded.

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Alberto Costa (Spain) – 2002

Costa is the purest dirt player, so it’s no surprise that he won his only TBSH in Paris. The Spaniard, who was ranked 20th, gave the main surprise in the quarterfinals by beating Gustavo Kuerten himself, the three-time Roland Garros champion, in three sets. And then Guillermo Cañas, Alex Corretja and Juan Carlos Ferrero were defeated.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) – 2003

Carlos Alcaraz’s current coach was in his best form in 2003. That year, he not only won Roland Garros, but also reached the final of the US Open, after which he became the first racket in the world. In Paris, Ferrero’s biggest challenge came from Fernando González, whom the Spaniard defeated in the quarterfinals in five sets. In the final he defeated the Dutchman Martin Ferkerk in three games, who neither before nor after that tournament had any great successes.

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Gaston Gaudio (Argentina) – 2004

Gaudio could only demonstrate the elite level of tennis on clay. But still, no one expected him to win Roland Garros. The tennis player, who was not even seeded, did not give a set to Lleyton Hewitt (12) and David Nalbandian (8) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and in the final he won a super-resounding victory over his compatriot Guillermo Coria (3). . – 0:6, 3:6, 6:4, 6:1, 8:6 (yes, there are no tiebreakers in the fifth set!).

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