French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 2010-2000

Rafael Nadal, French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 2010-2000

The era of 2000-2010 in French Open tennis tournament has been much about Rafael Nadal, giving him a tag of Rafa-The Clay King. Along with him, some of the best male tennis players made their way as winners and runner ups of French Open during this time. The list of male tennis players who were the winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championships from 2010-2000 is as follows:

Year 2010-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Rafael Nadal won the 2010 French Open title after defeating Robin Soderling.

Year 2009-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Roger Federer won his 15th Grand Slam by winning the French Open title 2009 after defeating Robin Soderling again.

Year 2008-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

The great rivals Federer and Nadal played against each other where Nadal won the title of 2008 French Open.

Year 2007-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

The rivalry continued for Federer and Nadal and Nadal being the clay King owned another French Open title.

Year 2006-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

The rivalry started from here between Nadal and Federer and continued for several years till now. Nadal won the year 2006 French Open after defeating Roger Federer.

Year 2005-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Rafael Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta in 2005 French Open final to win the title.

Year 2004-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Gaston Gaudio defeated Guillermo Coria to win the 2004 French Open.

Year 2003-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

 Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Martin Verkerk to win the 2003 French Open title.

Year 2002-French Open Tennis winner and runner up

Albert Costa defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero to claim the French Open 2002 title.

Year 2001-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Gustavo Kuerten again defeated Alex Corretja in the finals of French Open 2001.

Year 2000-French Open Tennis winner and runner-up

Gustavo Kuerten defeated Magnus Norman.

History of French Open-Ronald Garros

by on September 17, 2010
in Grand Slam: French Open

History of French Open-Ronald Garros
The history of French Open could be traced back to year 1981 when the very first tournament was played and won by Briggs. At that moment, it was not an international tournament. In year 1897, Women Singles Championship was introduced.In the city of love, Paris, the most physically demanding tennis tournament, French Open is played every year. Known also as Roland Garros and being the premier clay court tournament, it is played between late May and the earlier week of June for two weeks. Although the clay court provides a surface for slow game, this championship has been entertaining the tennis fans all over the world with sensational matches.

The dry and slow clay surface has given tremendous players like Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, Justine Henin, Rafael Nadal and many more
to the tennis fans.In the year 1925, Roland Garros was made open for all the competitors. After the French Open was recognized internationally, the legendary player Bjorn Borg showed his magic in tennis world and claimed his sixth title in the year 1981. In Women’s Singles, Chris Evert mesmerized the women tennis world with her game and won seven titles, which is a record held by her till date. The only player to win titles closer to Evert was Steffi Graf who became the winner six titles.

In the chase for the French Open King, Rafael Nadal has made his mark by claiming 6 French Open titles, equalling Borg’s record and is expected to do magic in the coming years. However in the current era, no women tennis player has been able to dominate the clay court comprehensively. 

Most men’s singles titles winners on Roland Garros

Most men's singles titles winners on Roland Garros, Nadal and Borg

While Garros 2010 is becoming thrilling day by day, sneak peak in to the past legendary players sounds tempting. Many of the new tennis stars are making new records or leveling the existing ones. The prominent names in the battle of conquering the new records are Roger and Nadal. In Garros 2010, both the players have ample records in basket for them. Few of them have been set and few are still to be conquered. The battle on beautiful clay is heating up!

To cool down the heat, why not have a flash back into the legendary players who have been rocking the Garros land with their marvel drop shots, serves, back hand, fore hand, aces and celebrating styles. So come along and have a flashback.

Men since 1981 have been performing at their best and few names have been recorded in the history with their never ending glory. One such category is the maximum titles won by men on Garros. The era starts since 1981 and goes like:

Winner of most men’s singles titles

Before 1925 on Garros

Before 1925, it was Max Decugis who won eight Garros titles from 1903-1914. But the French Open had a club level and the event never opened for the armature players.

From 1925-1967 on Garros

During this time, Henri Cochet won 4 Garros titles which also included the World Hard Court Championship.

After 1967 on Garros

After 1967 till date, only Bjorn Borg has been able to claim 6 Garros titles. Borg has been called the King of Clay for that reason.

You might be wondering that who could break the record of Bjorn Borg and become the Clay King of this generation. Of course it’s none other than Rafa who has already claimed 6 Garros Grand Slam titles and equal to Bjorn. 

Famous male tennis player: Robin Soderling

Famous male tennis player: Robin Soderling

Famous male tennis player Robin Soderling is a Swedish professional tennis player who is currently ranked at number 14 in the world of tennis. Robin Soderling is the only player to defeat the Clay King Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2009 Grand Slam title where he eventually lost to the greatest tennis player Roger Federer but the 2009 French Open was his best Grand Slam record. Robin Soderling is the only Swedish player to rank in the top 100 in the ATP rankings. In the first tournament of 2010, he created an upset by defeating the world’s top seeded player, Roger Federer. The rivalry of Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal is very well known. Even though, record is in the favour of Rafael Nadal with a score of 3-2 but their last two encounters were won by Soderling. In year 2010, the Swedish tennis player, Robing Soderling reached 3 finals including the final of Roland Garros for second consecutive year and won two ATP World Tour titles. On record, he won 57 matches during 2010 which helped him attain his present ranking.

Robin Soderling is known for the power game he plays. He plays a power service as well as power ground stroke which makes it difficult for his opponents to break his service. He is one of the very few players on the tour who can play forehand as well as backhand shots with the same power. Even though, he has reached the finals of the 2009 French Open. His best performances have come on the indoor surfaces and hard courts.