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2009 French Open
Roland Garros Poster 2009.jpg
Date:   24 May – 7 June
Edition:   108th
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Surface:   Clay
Location:   Paris (XVIe), France
Venue:   Stade Roland Garros
Champions
Men's Singles
Switzerland Roger Federer
Women's Singles
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Men's Doubles
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý / India Leander Paes
Women's Doubles
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues / Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Mixed Doubles
United States Liezel Huber / United States Bob Bryan
Boys' Singles
Sweden Daniel Berta
Girls' Singles
France Kristina Mladenovic
Boys' Doubles
Croatia Marin Draganja / Croatia Dino Marcan
Girls' Doubles
Romania Elena Bogdan / Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
Legends Under 45 Doubles
France Cédric Pioline / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Legends Over 45 Doubles
Sweden Anders Järryd / United States John McEnroe
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Netherlands Esther Vergeer
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
France Stephane Houdet / France Michael Jeremiasz
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Netherlands Korie Homan / Netherlands Esther Vergeer
French Open
 < 2008 2010 > 

The 2009 French Open (also known as Roland Garros after the famous French aviator) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 108th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from May 24 through June 7, 2009.

Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic were the defending champions. Both failed to defend their titles, losing to Robin Söderling and Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round respectively. Nadal's loss to Söderling was his first (and, as of 2014, only) defeat in the tournament since debuting in 2005. Söderling proceeded to defeat Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando González on his way to the final, where he was defeated by Roger Federer. By winning the French Open, Federer equalled Pete Sampras' then-record of 14 Grand Slam titles, and completed his Career Grand Slam by winning the tournament; he had lost the previous three finals to Nadal. Svetlana Kuznetsova, the runner-up to Justine Henin-Hardenne in 2006, was the women's champion this year. She defeated World No. 1 Dinara Safina in the final, avenging a semi-final loss to the same opponent in 2008.

Notable stories[edit]

Rafael Nadal record winning streak, and loss to Robin Söderling[edit]

Entering the tournament, four-time champion Rafael Nadal was unbeaten in French Open singles matches, having won every match and tournament since his debut in 2005. His victory against Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in the second round on May 27 was his 30th consecutive win, breaking the record for the longest French Open winning streak by a man or woman, held by Chris Evert, who won 29 consecutive matches. Nadal extended the record to 31 consecutive matches by beating Lleyton Hewitt on May 29.

In his fourth round match on May 31, Nadal was defeated by World No. 23 Robin Söderling in four sets, 2–6, 7–6, 4–6, 6–7.[1][2] The upset result ended Nadal's French Open winning streak at 31 matches; as of 2014, it remains Nadal's only loss in a French Open match. Söderling had never previously reached the fourth round of any Grand Slam tournament, and had never previously beaten Nadal in three attempts, although he had taken him to five sets at Wimbledon in 2007. Söderling proceeded to reach the final, defeating Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets and Fernando González in five sets before losing to Roger Federer in his first Grand Slam final appearance.

Of the upset result, former three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander stated that "Everybody's in a state of shock, I would think. At some point, Nadal was going to lose. But nobody expected it to happen today, and maybe not this year. Now it's a matter of: There's a tournament to be won."[3]

Maria Sharapova's comeback[edit]

Maria Sharapova after her third round win against Yaroslava Shvedova.

After nearly a year out of the sport due to a serious shoulder injury which forced her to miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2008 US Open and her Australian Open title defence, Maria Sharapova, who had plummeted to as low as World No. 126 during her time away from the sport, entered the tournament ranked World No. 102, and surprised many by reaching the quarter-finals, where she was defeated 6–0, 6–2 by Dominika Cibulková (Sharapova had to defend a match point at 0–6, 0–5 down). Sharapova, unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003, had won all of her first four matches in three sets.

Federer's Career Grand Slam[edit]

Roger Federer won the finals against Robin Söderling to finally win the French Open tournament for the first time in his career, after he was beaten in three previous finals by Nadal. With this win, he completed his career Grand Slam, titles in all four Grand Slam tournaments in his career. He became the third male player in the Open era (after Rod Laver and Andre Agassi, and later Rafael Nadal) and sixth male player in tennis history overall to accomplish the feat.

Day-by-day summaries[edit]

Day 1 (May 24)[edit]

Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan became the first male winner at this year's French Open. French favourites Julie Coin and Mathieu Montcourt enjoyed safe passages through to the second round, but compatriot Mathilde Johansson was unable to use the crowd's advantage, falling to Vitalia Diatchenko 2–6, 6–2, 10–8. Lleyton Hewitt came from 2 tiebreak sets down, taking a third set tiebreak and eventually the match over the 26th seeded Croat Ivo Karlović, winning 6–7(1), 6–7(4), 7–6(4), 6–4, 6–3, to cause the first upset of a seed in the tournament. Karlovic set the new record for the greatest number of aces in the match, serving 55, but couldn't find a way to win.[4] French wildcard Josselin Ouanna came from two sets to one behind to defeat Marcel Granollers, 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 7–6(2), 6–1. However, Amélie Mauresmo lost to Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–4, 6–3, to add to her history of early-round exits at Roland Garros. However, seventh seed Gilles Simon recovered from a tight clash with Wayne Odesnik, 4–6, 7–5, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3. Former French Open champion Gastón Gaudio made a disappointing start to his grand slam comeback, losing in straight sets to Radek Štěpánek 6–3, 6–4, 6–1.

Matches on Main Courts[5]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round Serbia Ana Ivanovic (8) Italy Sara Errani 7–6(3), 6–3
Men's Singles 1st Round Russia Marat Safin (20) France Alexandre Sidorenko (WC) 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Men's Singles 1st Round France Gilles Simon (7) United States Wayne Odesnik 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Women's Singles 1st Round Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld France Amélie Mauresmo (16) 6–4, 6–3
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round Russia Vitalia Diatchenko (Q) France Mathilde Johansson 2–6, 6–2, 10–8
Men's Singles 1st Round Spain Fernando Verdasco (8) France Florent Serra 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
Women's Singles 1st Round Russia Nadia Petrova (11) United States Lauren Embree (WC) 6–1, 6–2
Men's Singles 1st Round United Kingdom Andy Murray (3) Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela 6–2, 6–2, 6–1

Day 2 (May 25)[edit]

World number one and top seed Dinara Safina thrashed British Number one Anne Keothavong, 6–0, 6–0 in the first match on Philippe Chatrier, followed by ATP World Tour Champion and four-time defending champion, top seed Rafael Nadal defeating Brazilian qualifier Marcos Daniel 7–5, 6–4, 6–3. Second seed Roger Federer followed with a comfortable victory over Alberto Martín 6–4, 6–3, 6–2. Third seed Venus Williams struggled against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, but won 6–1, 4–6, 6–2. French wildcard Guillaume Rufin, who turned 19 on day 3, upset Eduardo Schwank, who reached the second week last year, 6–1, 6–3, 6–3 to the delight of French fans. However, fans were disappointed to see their Nicolas Devilder fall in five sets (despite holding a two sets to love lead) to seventeenth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, 6–3, 5–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4. More disappointment came when Romain Jouan, another wildcard, fell 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 to sixth seed Andy Roddick. However, more good news for American fans followed when Fed Cup heroine Alexa Glatch stunned Flavia Pennetta 6–1, 6–1, to advance to the second round. Kateryna Bondarenko upset Patty Schnyder, and 13th seed Marion Bartoli recovered in an all-French affair to beat Pauline Parmentier 3–6, 6–1, 6–3. Two more French wild cards fell as Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova defeated Irena Pavlovic and Australian Jarmila Groth beat Kinnie Laisné. Seeds Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Söderling, and Zheng Jie also advanced. Another of the day's upsets came at the hands Colombia's Mariana Duque Mariño, who beat former Top 5 player and 26th seeded Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, winning 3–6, 6–4, 6–4.

Matches on Main Courts[6]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round Russia Dinara Safina (1) United Kingdom Anne Keothavong 6–0, 6–0
Men's Singles 1st Round Spain Rafael Nadal (1) Brazil Marcos Daniel (Q) 7–5, 6–4, 6–3
Men's Singles 1st Round Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Spain Alberto Martín 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
Women's Singles 1st Round France Marion Bartoli (13) France Pauline Parmentier 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
Women's Singles 1st Round Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (10) Russia Vera Dushevina 4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round France Aravane Rezaï Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–2
Women's Singles 1st Round United States Venus Williams (3) United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–1, 4–6, 6–2
Men's Singles 1st Round France Paul-Henri Mathieu (32) France Laurent Recouderc 6–4, 6–4, 6–1
Men's Singles 1st Round United States Andy Roddick (6) France Romain Jouan (WC) 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Women's Singles 1st Round Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko Switzerland Patty Schnyder (17) 6–4, 6–3

Day 3 (May 26)[edit]

Serbs Jelena Janković and Novak Djoković had no problems in their second round matches, beating Petra Cetkovská and Nicolás Lapentti respectively. Serena Williams came through a tough tie – in which she squandered eight match points – against Czech Klára Zakopalová to win 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–4. All French seeds came through unscathed with victories for Marion Bartoli, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Gaël Monfils. The United States' hopes of having a French Open champion took a big blow as James Blake and Mardy Fish both lost to Argentinian opponents. Fish lost to Máximo González 6–3, 1–6, 6–4, 7–6(4), and Blake, the highest seed to fall on Day 3, was beaten convincingly by Argentinian qualifier Leonardo Mayer 7–6(6), 7–5, 6–2. Number 27 seed Rainer Schüttler was comprehensively beaten by home favourite Marc Gicquel 6–0, 6–0, 6–4 and Chinese number 31 seed Shuai Peng was the only women's seed to go out, as she lost to Spain's María José Martínez Sánchez 1–6, 6–2, 6–4. There were victories for 10th seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki, former finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, Olympic gold medallist Elena Dementieva and World No. 5 Juan Martín del Potro.

Matches on Main Courts[7]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round Serbia Jelena Janković (5) Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská 6–2, 6–3
Men's Singles 1st Round Serbia Novak Djoković (4) Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti 6–3, 3–1 retired
Men's Singles 1st Round France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) France Julien Benneteau 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Women's Singles 1st Round France Alizé Cornet (21) vs. Estonia Maret Ani 6–4, 4–4 (suspended)
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 1st Round Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) France Claire Feuerstein 6–1, 6–4
Men's Singles 1st Round France Gaël Monfils (11) United States Bobby Reynolds 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
Women's Singles 1st Round United States Serena Williams (2) Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–4
Men's Singles 1st Round Belgium Christophe Rochus vs. France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–1, 3–6, 5–4 (suspended)

Day 4 (May 27)[edit]

Day 4 saw the start of the second round matches in both the men's and women's draws. The first match up on Court Philippe Chatrier was world number 3 Andy Murray, who he faced Italian world number 104 Potito Starace. Murray was made to work hard, as Starace took control of the tie and levelled the match at one set all. At 5–1 in the third set, Murray worked his way back to reel of 6 games in a row, and went on the win 6–3, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4. World number 1 Dinara Safina was first up on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and made light work of Vitalia Diatchenko, winning 6–1, 6–1. Defending women's champion Ana Ivanovic also won comprehensively, beating Tamarine Tanasugarn to enter the third round. French tennis fans had reason to cheer as number 15 seed Alizé Cornet resumed her match from day 3, and beat Maret Ani 6–4, 7–5 to advance to the second round. Another Frenchwoman, Aravane Rezaï beat Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog to book a tie with Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito in the third round, who beat number 15 seed Jie Zheng earlier in the day. Unseeded Maria Sharapova faced number 11 seed Nadia Petrova in her first match against a top 20 player since her 10-month absence from the tour due to injury. A gutsy Sharapova came through with a 3 sets victory, 8–6 in the third. Gilles Simon was the only seeded Frenchman playing on day 4, and made swift work of American Robert Kendrick 7–5, 6–0, 6–1. Defending champion Rafael Nadal made history by becoming the first person to win 30 consecutive matches at Roland Garros by beating Teymuraz Gabashvili. French wildcard Josselin Ouanna caused perhaps the biggest upset of the day by beating number 20 seed Marat Safin in an epic five set match, in which he won the final set 10–8.

The first matches of the doubles competition were played, with World No. 1 team Liezel Huber & Cara Black, Květa Peschke & Lisa Raymond, defending champions Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual and Samantha Stosur & Rennae Stubbs were amongst the first to advance to the second round of the women's doubles.

On the men's side, defending champions Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna, Lukáš Dlouhý & Leander Paes, Bruno Soares & Kevin Ullyett and Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski all advanced to the second round. However, number 7 seeds Andy Ram & Max Mirnyi and number 10 seeds Marcelo Melo & André Sá suffered shock first round defeats.

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[8]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men's Singles 2nd Round United Kingdom Andy Murray (3) Italy Potito Starace 6–3, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Women's Singles 1st Round France Alizé Cornet (21) Estonia Maret Ani 6–4, 7–5
Women's Singles 2nd Round Serbia Ana Ivanovic (8) Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 6–1, 6–2
Men's Singles 2nd Round France Josselin Ouanna Russia Marat Safin (20) 7–6(2), 7–6(4), 4–6, 3–6, 10–8
Women's Singles 2nd Round United States Venus Williams (3) VS. Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 6–7(5), 0–0 (suspended)
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 2nd Round Russia Dinara Safina (1) Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 6–1, 6–1
Men's Singles 1st Round Belgium Christophe Rochus France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
Men's Singles 2nd Round France Gilles Simon (7) United States Robert Kendrick 7–5, 6–0, 6–1
Women's Singles 2nd Round Russia Maria Sharapova Russia Nadia Petrova (11) 6–2, 1–6, 8–6
Men's Singles 2nd Round Spain Rafael Nadal (1) Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili 6–1, 6–4, 6–2

Day 5 (May 28)[edit]

Day 5 got off to a slow start from a French perspective, as number 13 seed and home favourite Marion Bartoli succumbed to Tathiana Garbin of Italy in straight sets on Court Philippe Chatrier. And the day got worse for France as number 21 seed Alizé Cornet could not find her way past Romanian teenager Sorana Cîrstea. However, they did have some consolation, as Virginie Razzano navigated her way past Anabel Medina Garrigues, and booked a place in the third round to play Bartoli conqueror Garbin. On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Serb Jelena Janković had little problem in seeing off Slovakian opponent Magdaléna Rybáriková, 6–1, 6–2. Venus Williams was made to work very hard to make the third round, as she went the distance with Lucie Šafářová, narrowly winning the final set 7–5. There were also victories for Elena Dementieva, Agnieszka Radwańska, former finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2002 champion Serena Williams.

Meanwhile in the men's draw, Roger Federer was first up on Court Philippe Chatrier as he faced clay court specialist José Acasuso. Roger narrowly won the first set 7–6(8) in a first set tie-break, but Acasuso was not ready to falter, and came back stronger in the second set and eventually winning 7–5. Acasuso continued to put up strong resistance and took Federer to a third set tie-break, however Federer was too strong and won, from thereon Federer had little problem dispatching Acasuso winning the match 7–6(8), 5–7, 7–6(2), 6–2. Federer's victory set him up with a third round tie with Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. After disappointed from the French ladies, the men did not disappoint. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gaël Monfils and Jérémy Chardy and Marc Gicquel all advanced to the third round. No seeds were knocked out, as there were victories from number 5 seed Juan Martín del Potro, Andy Roddick, Novak Djoković and Tommy Robredo, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Igor Andreev and Jürgen Melzer.

There was only one shocking exit from the men's doubles on the day, as Jeff Coetzee & Jordan Kerr were knocked out by the hands of Jaroslav Levinský & Igor Zelenay. Bob & Mike Bryan, Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjić, Rik de Voest & Ashley Fisher and Łukasz Kubot & Oliver Marach all secured places in the second round of the doubles.

There no upsets in the women's doubles, as all seeds made safe progress through to the second round including Serena & Venus Williams and Květa Peschke & Lisa Raymond.

On day 5, the mixed doubles got under way, which saw just one upset. Nenad Zimonjić & Zi Yan fell to the hands of Bruno Soares & Alisa Kleybanova. Cara Black & Leander Paes, Lisa Raymond & Marcin Matkowski, Nadia Petrova & Max Mirnyi and Elena Vesnina & Daniel Nestor all advanced to the second round.

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[9]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 2nd Round Italy Tathiana Garbin France Marion Bartoli (13) 6–3, 7–5
Men's Singles 2nd Round Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Argentina José Acasuso 7–6(8), 5–7, 7–6(2), 6–2
Women's Singles 2nd Round United States Serena Williams (2) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–2, 6–0
Men's Singles 2nd Round France Gaël Monfils (11) Romania Victor Crivoi 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 2nd Round Serbia Jelena Janković (5) Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–1, 6–2
Women's Singles 2nd Round United States Venus Williams (3) Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 6–7(5), 6–2, 7–5
Women's Singles 2nd Round Romania Sorana Cîrstea France Alizé Cornet (21) 6–3, 6–2
Men's Singles 2nd Round France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) Argentina Juan Mónaco 7–5, 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(8)
Men's Singles 2nd Round Serbia Novak Djoković (4) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–3, 6–4, 6–1

Day 6 (May 29)[edit]

There were mixed French fortunes on Day 6. Aravane Rezaï beat Michelle Larcher de Brito to move into the fourth round. The newest French star, Josselin Ouanna, saw his run come to an end at the hands of 12th seeded Chilean Fernando González, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5. Following that, Gilles Simon, seeded 7th, suffered a collapse to 30th seed Victor Hănescu 6–4, 6–4, 6–2. Rafael Nadal, the four-time defending champion and World Number 1, looked in stellar form as he continued his undefeated run against Lleyton Hewitt, a former holder of the top ranking, 6–1, 6–3, 6–1. Stanislas Wawrinka was eliminated in four sets by tenth seeded Nikolay Davydenko, whilst Fernando Verdasco beat countryman Nicolás Almagro and Robin Söderling, the 23rd seed, set up a clash with Nadal by beating David Ferrer in four sets. Ágnes Szávay stunned third seed Venus Williams 6–0, 6–4, and Novak Djokovic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky. Additionally, defending champion Ana Ivanovic, Đoković's compatriot, advanced convincingly over Iveta Benešová, seeded 32nd, 6–0, 6–2. Andy Murray led Janko Tipsarević two sets to love before the Serb retired.

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[10]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 3rd Round France Aravane Rezaï Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito 7–6(3), 6–2
Men's Singles 3rd Round Chile Fernando González (12) France Josselin Ouanna 7–5, 6–3, 7–5
Men's Singles 3rd Round Spain Rafael Nadal (1) Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–1, 6–3, 6–1
Women's Singles 3rd Round Russia Maria Sharapova Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 3rd Round Serbia Ana Ivanovic (8) Czech Republic Iveta Benešová (32) 6–0, 6–2
Men's Singles 2nd Round Serbia Novak Djoković (4) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–3, 6–4, 6–1
Women's Singles 3rd Round Hungary Ágnes Szávay (29) United States Venus Williams (3) 6–0, 6–4
Men's Singles 3rd Round Romania Victor Hănescu (30) France Gilles Simon (7) 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Men's Singles 3rd Round United Kingdom Andy Murray (3) Serbia Janko Tipsarević 7–6(3), 6–3 retired

Day 7 (May 30)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[11]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 3rd Round Australia Samantha Stosur (30) Russia Elena Dementieva (4) 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Women's Singles 3rd Round France Virginie Razzano Italy Tathiana Garbin 7–5, 7–5
Men's Singles 3rd Round France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) Belgium Christophe Rochus 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
Men's Singles 3rd Round Switzerland Roger Federer (2) France Paul-Henri Mathieu (32) 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 3rd Round Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) Hungary Melinda Czink 6–1, 6–3
Men's Singles 3rd Round United States Andy Roddick (6) France Marc Gicquel 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
Men's Singles 3rd Round France Gaël Monfils (11) Austria Jürgen Melzer (24) 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Women's Singles 3rd Round United States Serena Williams (2) Spain María José Martínez Sánchez 4–6, 6–3, 6–4

Day 8 (May 31)[edit]

Day 8 saw Rafael Nadal lose his first ever match at French Open to Swede Robin Söderling, which ended his streak of 31 wins in a row at Roland Garros. Also out was defending women's champion Ana Ivanovic. Former world number 1 Maria Sharapova continued her miraculous run by defeating Li Na 6–4, 0–6, 6–4 to reach the quarterfinals, after returning from nine months away from the game. Nikolay Davydenko beat Fernando Verdasco to advance to the quarters with Söderling. Fernando González beat Victor Hănescu in straight sets to set up a quarterfinal with number four Andy Murray, a winner over Marin Čilić in tight but straight sets. World Number 1 Dinara Safina continued her dominant run of losing just 5 games all tournament against Aravane Rezaï, winning 6–1, 6–0.

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[12]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men's Singles 4th Round Chile Fernando González (12) Romania Victor Hănescu (30) 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Women's Singles 4th Round Russia Dinara Safina (1) France Aravane Rezaï 6–1, 6–0
Men's Singles 4th Round Sweden Robin Söderling (23) Spain Rafael Nadal (1) 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–4, 7–6(2)
Women's Singles 4th Round Russia Maria Sharapova China Li Na (25) 6–4, 0–6, 6–4
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 4th Round Slovakia Dominika Cibulková (20) Hungary Ágnes Szávay (29) 6–2, 6–4
Men's Singles 4th Round United Kingdom Andy Murray (3) Croatia Marin Čilić (13) 7–5, 7–6(4), 6–1
Women's Singles 4th Round Belarus Victoria Azarenka (9) Serbia Ana Ivanovic (8) 6–2, 6–3
Men's Singles 4th Round Russia Nikolay Davydenko (10) Spain Fernando Verdasco (8) 6–2, 6–2, 6–4

Day 9 (June 1)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[13]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 4th Round United States Serena Williams (2) Canada Aleksandra Wozniak (24) 6–1, 6–2
Men's Singles 4th Round Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Germany Tommy Haas 6–7(4), 5–7, 6–4, 6–0, 6–2
Men's Singles 4th Round Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (5) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) 6–1, 6–7(5), 6–1, 6–4
Women's Singles 4th Round Australia Samantha Stosur (30) France Virginie Razzano 6–1, 6–2
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles 4th Round Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) Poland Agnieszka Radwańska (12) 6–4, 1–6, 6–1
Men's Singles 4th Round Spain Tommy Robredo (16) Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber (29) 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(4), 6–2
Women's Singles 4th Round Romania Sorana Cîrstea Serbia Jelena Janković (5) 3–6, 6–0, 9–7
Men's Singles 4th Round France Gaël Monfils (11) United States Andy Roddick (6) 6–4, 6–2, 6–3

Day 10 (June 2)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[14]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles Quarterfinal Russia Dinara Safina (1) Belarus Victoria Azarenka (9) 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Men's Singles Quarterfinal Chile Fernando González (12) United Kingdom Andy Murray (3) 6–3, 3–6, 6–0, 6–4
Mixed Doubles Quarterfinal Russia Nadia Petrova (4)
Belarus Max Mirnyi (4)
France Nathalie Dechy
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men's Singles Quarterfinal Sweden Robin Söderling (23) Russia Nikolay Davydenko (10) 6–1, 6–3, 6–1
Women's Singles Quarterfinal Slovakia Dominika Cibulková (20) Russia Maria Sharapova 6–0, 6–2
Women's Doubles Quarterfinal Chinese Taipei Su-wei Hsieh (9)
China Shuai Peng (9)
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Poland Urszula Radwańska
2–6, 6–4, 7–5

Day 11 (June 3)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[15]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles Quarterfinal Australia Samantha Stosur (30) Romania Sorana Cîrstea 6–1, 6–3
Men's Singles Quarterfinal Switzerland Roger Federer (2) France Gaël Monfils (11) 7–6(6), 6–2, 6–4
Mixed Doubles Semifinal United States Liezel Huber (1)
United States Bob Bryan (1)
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
6–2, 6–2
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles Quarterfinal Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) United States Serena Williams (2) 7–6(3), 5–7, 7–5
Men's Singles Quarterfinal Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (5) Spain Tommy Robredo (16) 6–3, 6–4, 6–2

Day 12 (June 4)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[16]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles Semifinal Russia Dinara Safina (1) Slovakia Dominika Cibulková (20) 6–3, 6–3
Women's Singles Semifinal Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) Australia Samantha Stosur (30) 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–3
Mixed Doubles Final United States Liezel Huber (1)
United States Bob Bryan (1)
United States Vania King
Brazil Marcelo Melo
5–7, 7–6(5), 10–7
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Legends Under 45 Doubles Australia Pat Cash
Spain Emilio Sánchez
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
Germany Michael Stich
6–3, 2–6, 10–5
Men's Doubles Semifinal South Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
United States Bob Bryan (2)
United States Mike Bryan (2)
0–6, 7–6(5), 6–4
Men's Doubles Semifinal Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý (3)
India Leander Paes (3)
Canada Daniel Nestor (1)
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić (1)
7–6(4), 7–6(5)
Legends Under 45 Doubles Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
France Cédric Pioline
Spain Sergi Bruguera
Netherlands Richard Krajicek
2–6, 7–6(4), 10–5
Legends Over 45 Doubles Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Australia Peter McNamara
Romania Ilie Năstase
6–2, 6–1

Day 13 (June 5)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[17]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men's Singles Semifinal Sweden Robin Söderling (23) Chile Fernando González (12) 6–3, 7–5, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4
Men's Singles Semifinal Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (5) 3–6, 7–6(2), 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Legends Over 45 Doubles Sweden Anders Järryd
United States John McEnroe
Australia John Fitzgerald
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–2, 6–3
Legends Under 45 Doubles Croatia Goran Ivanišević
Germany Michael Stich
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Austria Thomas Muster
6–3, 7–5
Legends Over 45 Doubles Iran Mansour Bahrami
France Henri Leconte
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
6–4, 7–6(4)
Women's Doubles Final Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues (3)
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual (3)
Belarus Victoria Azarenka (12)
Russia Elena Vesnina (12)
6–1, 6–1

Day 14 (June 6)[edit]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[18]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Women's Singles Final Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (7) Russia Dinara Safina (1) 6–4, 6–2
Men's Doubles Final Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý (3)
India Leander Paes (3)
South Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Legends Under 45 Doubles Spain Sergi Bruguera
Netherlands Richard Krajicek
France Arnaud Boetsch
France Guy Forget
6–1, 7–6(2)
Legends Over 45 Doubles Sweden Mikael Pernfors
Sweden Mats Wilander
Australia John Fitzgerald
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
6–3, 6–3
Legends Under 45 Doubles Australia Pat Cash
Spain Emilio Sánchez
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Austria Thomas Muster
6–3, 7–5

Day 15 (June 7)[edit]

The men's singles final was briefly interrupted as Jimmy Jump carrying a FC Barcelona banner ran onto the court during the second set, running around Roger Federer and even putting a cap on him, then jumping over the net before being taken out by security. This is the first time this has ever happened at the French Open, however the occurrence did not seem to throw off Federer, as he won the set, and eventually the match. Federer also completed a career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles after winning the French Open.[19]

Schedule of play

Matches on Main Courts[20]
Matches on Court Philippe Chatrier (Center Court)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men's Singles Final Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Sweden Robin Söderling (23) 6–1, 7–6(1), 6–4
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Boy's Singles Final Sweden Daniel Berta France Gianni Mina (11) 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Girl's Singles Final France Kristina Mladenovic (9) Russia Daria Gavrilova 6–3, 6–2

Seniors[edit]

Federer completed a career Grand Slam and won his 14th career slam tournament tying Pete Sampras for all-time grand slams by winning the 2009 French Open.

Men's singles[edit]

Switzerland Roger Federer[21] defeated Sweden Robin Söderling, 6–1, 7–6(1), 6–4

  • It was Federer's 2nd title of the year, and his 59th overall. It was his 14th career Grand Slam title (tying the all-time record set by Pete Sampras) and his 1st French Open title. In winning the French Open, Federer completed the career grand slam.

Women's singles[edit]

Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Russia Dinara Safina, 6–4, 6–2

  • It was Kuznetsova's 2nd title of the year, and her 11th overall. It was her 2nd career Grand Slam title, and her 1st French Open title.

Men's doubles[edit]

Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý / India Leander Paes defeated South Africa Wesley Moodie / Belgium Dick Norman, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

  • It was Dlouhý's 1st career Grand Slam title.
  • It was Paes' 5th career Grand Slam title, and his 2nd at the French Open.

Women's doubles[edit]

Spain Anabel Medina / Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual defeated Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Russia Elena Vesnina, 6–1, 6–1

  • It was Medina's 2nd career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd (consecutive) at the French Open.
  • It was Ruano Pascual's 10th career Grand Slam title, and her 6th at the French Open.

Mixed doubles[edit]

United States Liezel Huber / United States Bob Bryan defeated United States Vania King / Brazil Marcelo Melo, 5–7, 7–6(5), 10–7

Juniors[edit]

Boys' singles[edit]

Sweden Daniel Berta defeated France Gianni Mina, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3

Girls' singles[edit]

France Kristina Mladenovic defeated Russia Daria Gavrilova, 6–3, 6–2

Boys' doubles[edit]

Croatia Marin Draganja / Croatia Dino Marcan defeated Brazil Guilherme Clezar / Chinese Taipei Huang Liang-chi, 6–3, 6–2

Girls' doubles[edit]

Romania Elena Bogdan / Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn defeated Hungary Tímea Babos / United Kingdom Heather Watson, 3–6, 6–3, 10–8

Other events[edit]

Legends under 45 doubles[edit]

Netherlands Paul Haarhuis / France Cédric Pioline defeated Australia Pat Cash / Spain Emilio Sánchez, 6–3, 6–4

Legends over 45 doubles[edit]

Sweden Anders Järryd / United States John McEnroe defeated Iran Mansour Bahrami / France Henri Leconte, 7–6(2), 6–1

Wheelchair men's singles[edit]

Japan Shingo Kunieda defeated France Stephane Houdet, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Wheelchair women's singles[edit]

Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated Netherlands Korie Homan, 6–2, 7–5

Wheelchair men's doubles[edit]

France Stephane Houdet / France Michael Jeremiasz defeated Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Netherlands Maikel Scheffers, 6–2, 7–5

Wheelchair women's doubles[edit]

Netherlands Korie Homan / Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated Belgium Annick Sevenans / Netherlands Aniek van Koot, 6–2, 6–3

Seeds[edit]

Withdrawals: David Nalbandian, Richard Gasquet, Katarina Srebotnik, Vera Zvonareva.

Wildcard entries[edit]

Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws.[22]

Qualifiers entries[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

In the US, coverage was provided by The Tennis Channel. In France, the French Open is broadcast live by France Télévisions & Eurosport. In the UK & Republic of Ireland it is broadcast live by BBC & Eurosport, Irish viewers can also watch live on TG4. In Switzerland it is broadcast live by SF, Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana & Télévision Suisse Romande. In Serbia it is broadcast live by RTS & Eurosport. In Sweden it is broadcast live by Eurosport, and because of Robin Söderling's final, SVT also broadcast the men's final live.

References[edit]

  1. ^ French Open 2009: Rafael Nadal dumped out by Robin Soderling - Telegraph
  2. ^ Shocker: Nadal ousted from French Open - Tennis- NBC Sports
  3. ^ Nadal Loses In French Open 2009: Defeated By Robin Soderling
  4. ^ Karlovic–Hewitt Match Statistics
  5. ^ "Day 1 Schedule". French Open. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  6. ^ "Day 2 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Day 3 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Day 4 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Day 5 Schedule". French Open. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Day 6 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Day 7 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Day 8 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Day 9 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Day 10 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Day 11 Schedule". French Open. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Day 12 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Day 13 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Day 14 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Federer claims historic Paris win". BBC Sport. 2009-06-07. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  20. ^ "Day 15 Schedule". French Open. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  21. ^ This win allowed Federer to be one of six men to claim a Career Grand Slam.
  22. ^ rolandgarros.com (2009-05-18). "2004 champion Gaudio gets wild card". Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2009 Australian Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2009 Wimbledon