2013

Highlights of the tournament

Rafael Nadal does it yet again, winning his eighth title at the Porte d’Auteuil in nine attempts! Nadal defeats fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the final, reinforcing his legendary status both at the French Open and in tennis in general. The title also enables him to break the record for matchs won at Roland Garros. 

In the women’s event, red-hot favorite Serena Williams lives up to her billing, lifting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen for the second time in her career 11 years after her first win at the Porte d’Auteuil. In the final, the younger of the Williams sisters gives defending champion Maria Sharapova no chance, seeing her off in straight sets. 

30 years after Yannick Noah’s win at Roland Garros, the whole of France gets behind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after his win over Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. In the semis however, Ferrer proves to be by far the better player on the day. The home country is left waiting to find a successor for Noah in the men’s singles, three decades on...

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