1968 French Open – Men's Singles

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1968 French Open
1967 champion   Australia Roy Emerson
Champion   Australia Ken Rosewall
Runner-up   Australia Rod Laver
Final score   6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    -45    45+    women
WC Singles    men    women  
WC Doubles    men    women  
French Open
 < 1967 1969 > 

Roy Emerson was the defending champion but lost in the quarterfinals to Pancho Gonzales.

Ken Rosewall won in the final 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–2 against Rod Laver.

Seeds[edit]

A champion seed is indicated in bold text while text in italics indicates the round in which that seed was eliminated.

  1. Australia Rod Laver (Final)
  2. Australia Ken Rosewall (Champion)
  3. Spain Andrés Gimeno (Semifinals)
  4. Australia Roy Emerson (Quarterfinals)
  5. United States Pancho Gonzales (Semifinals)
  6. Australia Fred Stolle (Second Round)
  7. Australia Lew Hoad (First Round)
  8. South Africa Bob Hewitt (Third Round)
  1. Romania Ion Ţiriac (Quarterfinals)
  2. West Germany Wilhelm Bungert (First Round)
  3. Italy Nicola Pietrangeli (First Round)
  4. Hungary István Gulyás (Fourth Round)
  5. United States Cliff Richey (Fourth Round)
  6. Australia Ray Ruffels (Fourth Round)
  7. Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš (First Round)
  8. Soviet Union Alex Metreveli (First Round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1  Australia Rod Laver 4 4 6 6 6  
9  Romania Ion Ţiriac 6 6 3 3 0  
  1  Australia Rod Laver 6 6 6      
  5  United States Pancho Gonzales 3 3 1      
4  Australia Roy Emerson 5 3 6 6 4
  5  United States Pancho Gonzales 7 6 3 4 6  
    1  Australia Rod Laver 3 1 6 2  
  2  Australia Ken Rosewall 6 6 2 6  
     Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović 4 0 2      
3  Spain Andrés Gimeno 6 6 6      
3  Spain Andrés Gimeno 6 3 5 6 3
  2  Australia Ken Rosewall 3 6 7 3 6  
   Brazil Thomaz Koch 6 2 6 3  
  2  Australia Ken Rosewall 8 6 3 6    

Preliminary Round[edit]

Winning Player Score Losing Player
Belgium Eric Drossart 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5 Australia John Bartlett
Switzerland Dimitri Sturdza 6–2, 4–6, 9–7, 6–2 Italy Gaetano di Maso
Brazil Carlos Fernandes 10–8, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 France Bernard Boutboul (Q)
France Bernard Montrenaud 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6 Australia Phil Dent
Ecuador Eduardo Zuleta 2–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1, 7–5 Hungary Péter Szőke
New Zealand Richard Hawkes 6–3, 6–2, 6–0 Jamaica Richard Russell
France Bernard Paul 6–0, 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 Australia Colin Dibley

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 Australia R Laver 6 6 6  
  Jamaica L Lumsden 1 1 4 1 Australia R Laver 6 4 6 6  
  Greece N Kalogeropoulos 3 6 6 6     Greece N Kalogeropoulos 2 6 4 1  
  Australia R Howe 6 4 4 4   1 Australia R Laver 6 6 2 2 6
  Colombia W Alvarez             Romania P Marmureanu 3 1 6 6 3
  Romania P Marmureanu w/o           Romania P Marmureanu 6 7 6    
  Sweden L Olander 6 6 6       Sweden L Olander 4 5 2    
  Colombia A Pena 4 1 1     1 Australia R Laver 6 6 6  
  United Kingdom B Wilson 6 3         Australia B Carmichael 0 1 1    
  France J-C Molinari 4 1 r       United Kingdom B Wilson 4 3 3    
  Australia B Carmichael 4 6 6 6     Australia B Carmichael 6 6 6    
  Belgium P Hombergen 6 3 1 0     Australia B Carmichael 6 8 2 5 6
  United States A Fox 6 6 6       Australia J Alexander 2 6 6 7 4
  Peru A Acuna 2 1 0       United States A Fox 6 3 6 9 6r
  Australia J Alexander w/o           Australia J Alexander 4 6 3 11 6
16 Soviet Union A Metreveli          

Section 2[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8 South Africa B Hewitt 6 7 6    
Q France J Thamin 1 5 0     8 South Africa B Hewitt w/o        
  Japan I Watanabe w/o           Australia A Cooper          
  Australia A Cooper 8 South Africa B Hewitt 6 6 5 2  
  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović w/o           Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 3 8 7 6  
  Spain J Gisbert, Sr.             Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović w/o        
  South Africa A Segal 7 3 6 1 6   South Africa A Segal          
  Australia J Moore 5 6 1 6 3   Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 4 3 2
  United States M Riessen           9 Romania I Ţiriac 6 6 6
  South Africa R Moore w/o           South Africa R Moore          
  Czechoslovakia M Holeček 6 2 6 6     Czechoslovakia M Holeček w/o        
  Australia T Addison 1 6 1 4     Czechoslovakia M Holeček 1 3 7 3  
  Spain M Orantes           9 Romania I Ţiriac 6 6 5 6  
  France J-L Rouyer w/o           France J-L Rouyer 1 2 1    
  France G Deniau 1 1 1     9 Romania I Ţiriac 6 6 6    
9 Romania I Ţiriac 6 6 6    

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4 Australia R Emerson 5 6 6 6  
  New Zealand O Parun 7 1 2 2   4 Australia R Emerson 12 6 6    
  Australia B Phillips-Moore 6 6 6       Australia B Phillips-Moore 10 1 1    
  France P Beust 3 1 3     4 Australia R Emerson 6 6 5 6  
Q France B de Troye 3 1 1       South Africa B Maud 1 3 7 3  
  New Zealand B Fairlie 6 6 6       New Zealand B Fairlie 2 6 6 5 3
  South Africa B Maud 9 6 6       South Africa B Maud 6 4 3 7 6
  Italy S Palmieri 7 4 4     4 Australia R Emerson 6 6 6    
  Austria P Pokorny           13 United States C Richey 4 2 2    
  Australia A Stone             Australia A Stone 7 6 6    
  France J Mateo             Poland M Lewandowski 5 1 0    
  Poland M Lewandowski w/o           Australia A Stone 5 3 5    
  France G Goven w/o         13 United States C Richey 7 6 7
  Italy G Merlo             France G Goven 3 3 6 9 4
  Colombia J Velasco, Sr.           13 United States C Richey 6 6 4 7 6
13 United States C Richey w/o        

Section 4[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
12 Hungary I Gulyás 6 6 6    
Q Canada F Tutvin 2 1 4     12 Hungary I Gulyás 6 6 6    
  Denmark T Ulrich w/o           Denmark T Ulrich 2 1 1    
  Italy M Gilardelli           12 Hungary I Gulyás 3 8 6 6  
  United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 6       United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 2 2  
  France B Paul 1 1 1       United Kingdom M Cox 6 6 6 6  
  New Zealand R Hawkes 6 6 3 5 0   Colombia E Zuleta 0 1 8 3  
  Ecuador E Zuleta 3 4 6 7 6 12 Hungary I Gulyás 1 1 4    
  Belgium C de Gronckel w/o         5 United States P Gonzales 6 6 6    
  Chile P Rodríguez             Belgium C de Gronckel 5 0 1    
  United States N Perry 2 8 1 1     France P Darmon 7 6 6    
  France P Darmon 6 6 6 6     France P Darmon 6 1 10 6  
  Australia B Giltinan w/o         5 United States P Gonzales 1 6 12 8  
  Soviet Union S Likhachev             Australia B Giltinan 1 0 3    
  Australia R Keldie 2 0 6 3   5 United States P Gonzales 6 6 6    
5 United States P Gonzales 6 6 3 6  

Section 5[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6 Australia F Stolle 3 7 6 3 6
  France C Duxin 6 5 3 6 4 6 Australia F Stolle 3 0 3    
  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6       Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6    
Q United Kingdom D Lloyd 1 0 1       Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 9 6 6 6 6
  Romania I Năstase 6 6 6       Australia D Crealy 7 8 2 8 2
  France J-P Olivier 2 1 2       Romania I Năstase 6 6 5 2  
  United Kingdom M Sangster 7 6 6 6 0   Australia D Crealy 4 8 7 6  
  Australia D Crealy 9 3 4 8 6   Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia B Jovanović 6 6 6    
  France B Montrenaud 6 11 6       United Kingdom G Battrick 4 4 3    
  Brazil C Fernandez 2 9 1       France B Montrenaud 6 4 3 6 5
  Switzerland D Sturdza 3 6 6 6     Switzerland D Sturdza 3 6 6 3 7
  Belgium E Drossart 6 4 4 1     Switzerland D Sturdza 4 4 8 3  
  Bolivia E Gorostagia             United Kingdom G Battrick 6 6 6 6  
  France J Courcol w/o           France J Courcol 4 8 1    
  United Kingdom G Battrick w/o           United Kingdom G Battrick 6 10 6    
11 Italy N Pietrangeli          

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
14 Australia R Ruffels          
  Soviet Union V Kazarevitch w/o         14 Australia R Ruffels 5 7 6 8  
  Hungary F Komaromi 4 2 6 3     South Africa F McMillan 7 5 4 6  
  South Africa F McMillan 6 6 3 6   14 Australia R Ruffels 6 6 6    
  France D Contet 0 0 0       Chile P Cornejo 4 2 2    
  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Špear 6 6 6       Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Špear 4 6 3 2  
  Chile P Cornejo w/o           Chile P Cornejo 6 3 6 6  
  Austria D Herdy           14 Australia R Ruffels 1 1 1    
  Czechoslovakia P Strobl w/o         3 Spain A Gimeno 6 6 6    
  Colombia I Molina             Czechoslovakia P Strobl          
  West Germany I Buding 6 6 6       West Germany I Buding w/o        
Q France P Joly 4 4 0       West Germany I Buding 3 4 3    
  France P Jauffret           3 Spain A Gimeno 6 6 6    
  Romania S Dron             Romania S Dron 7 1 3 2  
  Philippines E Cruz           3 Spain A Gimeno 5 6 6 6  
3 Spain A Gimeno w/o        

Section 7[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
7 Australia L Hoad          
  Poland W Gasiorek             Poland W Gasiorek 2 6 10 6 6
  South Africa R Summers 6 4 6       France M Leclercq 6 2 12 2 2
  France M Leclercq 8 6 8       Poland W Gasiorek 7 7 2 0 2
  France F Jauffret 8 6 6       France F Jauffret 5 5 6 6 6
  United Kingdom J Barrett 6 4 2       France F Jauffret 3 6 6 8  
  Ecuador P Guzman             Czechoslovakia J Kukal 6 4 0 6  
  Czechoslovakia J Kukal w/o           France F Jauffret 1 6 5 4  
  Brazil T Koch w/o           Brazil T Koch 6 4 7 6  
  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Ivancic             Brazil T Koch 6 6 7    
  France G Pilet w/o           France G Pilet 4 2 5    
  India J Mukherjea             Brazil T Koch 6 6 6    
  Philippines A Marcial             South Africa T Ryan 4 1 2    
  South Africa T Ryan w/o           South Africa T Ryan 3 4 6 6 6
Q Denmark T Christensen w/o         Q Denmark T Christensen 6 6 4 2 1
10 West Germany W Bungert          

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
15 Czechoslovakia J Kodeš          
  Brazil F Gentil w/o           Brazil F Gentil 2 0 0    
  Poland T Nowicki             United Kingdom P Hutchins 6 6 6    
  United Kingdom P Hutchins w/o           United Kingdom P Hutchins 3 3 3    
  Italy S Tacchini             United States H Fitzgibbon 6 6 6    
  United States H Fitzgibbon w/o           United States H Fitzgibbon 6 7 6    
Q France P Proisy w/o         Q France P Proisy 3 5 3    
  India R Krishnan             United States H Fitzgibbon 2 0 7    
  Brazil J E Mandarino 6 6 7     2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 9    
  France J-B Chanfreau 4 3 5       Brazil J Mandarino 6 4 6 11  
  Chile J Pinto-Bravo w/o           Chile J Pinto-Bravo 3 6 3 9
  Australia B Geraghty             Brazil J Mandarino 2 4 2    
  France J-C Barclay 4 8 6 2 2 2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 6    
  Australia C Stubs 6 6 1 6 6   Australia C Stubs 1 1 0    
  United States T Edlefsen 8 1 1     2 Australia K Rosewall 6 6 6    
2 Australia K Rosewall 10 6 6    

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