A breakdown of the finalists for the French Open

Fourteen times in his professional career, Novak Djokovic has established himself as the no. 1-ranked player in the world. But on Sunday, at the French Open, he broke away from the pack, winning his…

A breakdown of the finalists for the French Open

Fourteen times in his professional career, Novak Djokovic has established himself as the no. 1-ranked player in the world. But on Sunday, at the French Open, he broke away from the pack, winning his third consecutive Roland Garros title and sixth Grand Slam victory of his career.

Here are the four finalists from the year’s first Grand Slam and how they fared:

Rafael Nadal (6)

Age: 32

The so-called “King of Clay” ended the 2017 season in his familiar sixth position in the ATP rankings. His title in the French Open was his 11th in Paris, and if his run there didn’t impress, his run to the final is. Nadal won the 2008 and 2013 French Opens, but had to withdraw from this year’s tournament due to injury. The injury appeared to be minor, but was his second left knee problem. He had called for a medical timeout during his semifinal match with Grigor Dimitrov, and was in tears while receiving the trophy on the court. Nadal’s resurgence this year was rooted in two consecutive title matches against Dominic Thiem, the 13th-ranked player. The German, meanwhile, surged to the top of the ATP rankings this year after winning two Grand Slam titles (the Australian Open and the French Open).

Simona Halep (3)

Age: 25

The Romanian ascended to the No. 1 position in the women’s rankings after her victory at Roland Garros, only the fourth time it has been achieved by a player from a different country than the U.S. The first women’s No. 1 ever, Steffi Graf, came from Germany. It was an impressive first-round victory for Halep, who began her run to the title with victory in a three-set showdown against Jelena Ostapenko. Halep also won her home country’s first Grand Slam title — two weeks ago at the Italian Open — and her fourth title in four finals in 2017. She had ascended to the top of the WTA rankings from world no. 2 earlier this year.

Serena Williams (1)

Age: 37

The greatest women’s player of all time, the most decorated of them all and the player who has won most of the major tournaments (with 46 titles), Williams fell to the No. 3 position after losing in the semifinals at Roland Garros. After winning the 2015 French Open, and her fourth championship in 2016, Serena missed last year’s tournament after giving birth to her first child. She lost the 2017 Australian Open in the second round. Williams’ 2015 French Open championship, her 23rd Grand Slam title, came two months after she gave birth. In May 2017, she returned to the tour with a hard-court title victory at the Miami Open. In April 2017, she regained the top spot in the WTA rankings. In May 2017, she returned to the tour with a hard-court title victory at the Miami Open. In April 2017, she reclaimed the top spot in the WTA rankings.

Wimbledon 2017

Leave a Comment