1978: Borg on a higher plane

With seven victories in seven matches and only 32 games dropped on the way – a French Open record – Bjorn Borg really was head and shoulders above the competition this year. Huge-serving Roscoe Tanner in the Round of 16 was the only player not to come off court having been totally humiliated (6-2, 6-4, 7-6). Everyone else took a real beating, including defending champion Guillermo Vilas. The Argentinean was looking to prove that his 1977 win in Borg's absence was no fluke, but the score in the final – 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 – merely served to demonstrate just how far ahead of the field the Lennart Bergelin-coached Swede was as he raced to his third title at Roland Garros.

"The female Nastase" was how Virginia Ruzici was known, in homage to Ilie Nastase. And like her illustrious compatriot in 1973, she too secured the French Open title. The Romanian No.2 seed was relatively untroubled until she got to the quarter-finals, where Uruguay's Fiorella Bonicelli came within a point or two of knocking her out only to fall 6-7, 6-4, 8-6. Ruzici then beat Frenchwoman Brigitte Simon-Glinel (6-3, 6-0) in the semis before seeing off defending champion Mima Jausovec in a one-sided final (6-2, 6-2).

Virginia Ruzici (ROM) def. Mima Jausovec (YUG) 6-2, 6-2

Bjorn Borg (SWE) def. Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 6-1, 6-1, 6-3