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Who is the second-most successful player in French Open history after Rafael Nadal?

Published at :May 23, 2024 at 5:11 PM
Modified at :May 23, 2024 at 5:12 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Rafael Nadal won his first French Open title in 2005.

Rafael Nadal’s prowess and clay-court expertise have always been phenomenal. With 14 French Open titles and a win/loss record of 112/3 at Stade Roland Garros, the Spaniard has been the most successful player in the tournament’s history.

However, some people might wonder about the second-most successful player in French Open history. The other two stars of the Big Three, Roger Federer (1) and Novak Djokovic (3), have won the tournament a combined four times. Rafael Nadal faced Federer six times at Roland Garros, winning all the matches.

Meanwhile, the Spaniard has locked horns against Djokovic on 10 occasions in the French capital, winning eight. Thus, Rafael Nadal’s dominance prevented Federer and Djokovic from being favourites at the French Open for more than 15 years.

Who holds most men’s singles titles at Roland Garros after Rafael Nadal?

In the Open Era, the answer is Bjorn Borg. The Swede has won six French Open titles, most in men’s singles after Nadal’s 14. Borg won his first French Open title in 1974 after he defeated Spain’s Manuel Orantes in a five-set marathon. Interestingly, the Swede managed to defend his title in the next edition.

Bjorn Borg later became the first tennis player in the open era to win four consecutive Roland Garros titles between 1978 and 1981. However, his record was later broken by Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard won five consecutive titles between 2010 and 2014.

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Meanwhile, Max Decugis holds the record for most French Open titles (8) in the amateur era. The Frenchman won eight titles (1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, and 1914) in his 26-year-long professional career. However, the statistics of the amateur era are often overlooked because tennis has developed a better set of rules and regulations in the open era.

On the women’s front, Chris Evert holds the record for most Roland Garros triumphs with seven titles. After the American icon, Germany’s Steffi Graf won, along with Suzanne Lenglen, six French Open titles. However, Suzanne Lenglen accomplished the milestone during the amateur era, and the debate of statistics will always be a heated topic among tennis enthusiasts.

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