Who are the week one stats leaders at RG?

With the end of week one at Roland-Garros, we put the spotlight on the numbers that defined it.

Rafael Nadal, first round, Roland-Garros 2024©Corinne Dubreuil / FFT
 - Chris Oddo

Week one is behind us in Paris, with three singles rounds done and dusted.

Join us for a look at some standout figures from the past seven days, and those who sit atop some of the stats leaderboards for the tournament through the first three rounds.

King of Net Clay Play

Rafael Nadal left his imprint on Roland-Garros last week, playing valiantly in what could end up being his last match at the tournament he has dominated like no other.

Nadal fell to Alexander Zverev in straight sets on Monday, but demonstrated stellar form, particularly at the net.

Nobody won a higher percentage of net points played than 14-time champion Nadal, who converted 19 of 21 net forays against the German.

If you’re scoring at home, Nadal also ends this year’s Roland-Garros with the tournament’s highest winning percentage. Nadal (112-4) owns a 96.55 winning percentage, which neatly tops Bjorn Borg’s (49-2, 96.08 winning percentage). 

Longest match: Daniel Altmaier vs Laslo Djere 

It was all in a day's work for Germany's Daniel Altmaier, who outlasted Laslo Djere in a five hour and four-minute tussle on Court 8, winning 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(6), 5-7, 7-6(6). That scuffle was the only match that topped the five-hour mark in week one. Nine other matches lasted more than four hours, however.

The shortest completed men’s match in week one was Jan-Lennard Struff’s 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 lashing of Alexander Bublik in the second round on Court 5, which was 77 minutes long.

Fastest serve: Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard

The Frenchman couldn’t get past David Goffin in round one, but 20-year-old Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard did rip the fastest serve of week one at 231kph (143.6mph). 

Karolina Pliskova and Liudmila Samsonova shared the lead for the fastest week one serve among the women. Pliskova cracked a 203kmh (126.2mph) serve in round one. Samsonova matched her in her third-round loss to Elisabetta Cocciaretto. 

Youngest and oldest 

Mirra Andreeva, 17, is the youngest player remaining in either singles draw. The teen sensation, who reached the third round in Paris as a 16-year-old qualifier in 2023, will face Varvara Gracheva in the round of 16. 

Ons Jabeur is the oldest player remaining in the women’s draw, at 29. 

On the men’s side Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest player remaining in the draw. The 21-year-old Spaniard will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Novak Djokovic is the oldest player remaining on the men’s side. Djokovic became the oldest player to win the men’s singles title at Roland-Garros in 2023 when he won his third title, defeating Casper Ruud in the final. 

C'est top, Novak

By reaching the last 16, Djokovic tied Roger Federer atop the sport's all-time Grand Slam singles match win list with 369. The Serb will go for the record in the fourth round against Francisco Cerundolo.

Novak also broke the record for latest finish at Roland-Garros, finishing his five-set win over Lorenzo Musetti at 3:07am.

Longest women’s match: Marta Kostyuk d. Laura Pigossi 

No.19 seeded Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk edged Laura Pigossi on Court 6, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, in a three hour and 16-minute tussle, taking longest match of week one honours on the women's side. Three other matches went beyond three hours in week one, while seven ended in less than one hour, the shortest match being Emma Navarro’s 6-2, 6-0 victory over Turkey’s Zeynep Sonmez at 50 minutes (Iga Swiatek beat that by taking just 40 minutes to beat Anastasia Potapova at the start of the second week).

Three other women’s matches stretched over three hours. 

Ace kings and queens, and underarm savants

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland leads all players with 46 aces on the men’s side. Caroline Garcia, who fell in the second round, leads all women with 25. 

And the underarm serving king.... is Corentin Moutet.

France’s Moutet hit 12 underarm serves in his third-round victory over Sebastian Ofner, and the Frenchman won 12 of them.

"It's a shot that we can use, so if I can use it and win some points, I will use it," Moutet said.

WTA's Big 4?

For the first time in more than a decade (2013), the top four seeds in the women's singles draw have all reached the round of 16.

  • No.1 seed Iga Swiatek (faces Potapova)
  • No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka (faces Navarro)
  • No.3 seed Coco Gauff (faces Cocciaretto)
  • No.4 seed Elena Rybakina (faces Svitolina)

First time’s a charm 

There have been breakthroughs aplenty at the Parisian Slam this week. Six players reached the second week at a major for the first time:

Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Clara Tauson, Anastasia Potapova, Olga Danilovic, Varvara Gracheva and Emma Navarro.

Serving lights out 

Stefanos Tsitsipas leads all players in percentage of service games won through the first week in Paris. The 2021 runner-up has won 45 of his 47 service games through three rounds in Paris. 

Cruise control

Aryna Sabalenka has dropped just 13 games through three rounds, fewer than any other player still in either singles draw. Speaking of cruise control, Iga Swiatek stretched her current Roland-Garros winning streak to 17 with her third-round victory over Marie Bouzkova. The Pole heads into week two with a 31-2 lifetime record on the Parisian clay.

Unseeded and looming?

Nine unseeded players powered into the round of 16 this week in Paris. Nearly half of the women's singles field is unseeded, including one qualifier (world No.125 Olga Danilovic, who is the lowest-ranked player to have reached the round of 16). On the men's side Corentin Moutet and Matteo Arnaldi are the unseeded players who made the sweet sixteen.