List of French Open singles finalists during the open era

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French Open Singles Finalists
Official web
Location Paris
 France
Created 1968
(46 finals)
Men's Most 9: Rafael Nadal
Men's Most
Consecutive
5: Rafael Nadal
Women's Most 9: Chris Evert
Steffi Graf
Women's Most
Consecutive
4: Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
Steffi Graf
Most Meetings Men's (4 times):
Nadal vs. Federer (4-0)
Women's (4 times):
Evert vs. Navratilova (3-1)
Main article: French Open

The French Open is a Grand Slam held in Paris at the Stade Roland Garros in the administrative district of XVIe.[1] The tournament was first held in 1891 for the men and 1897 for the women's, and has only ceased being played during the two world wars.[1] This tournament first became part of the Open Era in 1968, which was the first slam to open up to professional tennis players in their competition.[1]

The French Open Men's Finals have had many top players playing in them such as six-time finalist (and winner) Björn Borg, eight-time finalist (and winner) Rafael Nadal, five-time finalists Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Roger Federer, and four-time finalist Guillermo Vilas.[2] Borg won four straight finals appearances 1978-1981, which is a record that Nadal tied.[2] Lendl won three finals during the 1980s, after losing his first final to Borg in 1981.[2] Wilander had the same record in the finals as Lendl, they met twice in finals.[2] Wilander was victorious in 1985, but in 1987 Lendl was the champion.[2] Nadal won four straight final appearances all in consecutive years from 2005 to 2008, and he won four straight final appearances again all in consecutive years from 2010 to 2013.[2] However, Federer would go on to capture the career grand slam in 2009, which Nadal lost out to Robin Söderling, who would go on to the final to play Federer.[2] Federer has tied the final consecutive appearances record at four with Borg, Lendl and Nadal (twice), but only won one of those finals.[2] Vilas would win one of his four final appearances, but did not do this consecutively like Federer.[2]

The French Open Women's Finals have had many top players playing in them such as; the likes of Chris Evert and Steffi Graf both nine-time finalists, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Martina Navratilova both six-time finalists, and Justine Henin and Monica Seles both four-time finalists.[3] Evert would go on to win seven finals a record amongst men and women both, which she played Navratilova in four finals winning three in 1975, 1985, and 1986.[3] Graf won six finals, which she played and beat Navratilova in 1987, and that would be their lone encounter.[3] In addition, Graf would play Seles in 1990 and 1992, and Seles would win those titles.[3] Furthermore, Graf would play Sánchez Vicario in three finals, which Graf won in 1995 and 1996.[3] Sánchez Vicario would win three titles at the event, but would lose three more.[3] Navratilova won two titles at the event in 1982 and 1984, which she would beat Evert in the 1984 one.[3] Henin would win three straight, which is a woman's co-record at the event, and she matched Seles in doing so, but during the four wins and three consecutive she would not play the same opponent twice.[3] Henin would win her second in 2005 against the 2000 champion Mary Pierce, and the last two opponents she defeated in 2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova and in 2007 Ana Ivanovic, would go on to win in 2009 and 2008 respectively.[3] Seles played another great in 1991, which she beat Sánchez Vicario, and in 1998 Sánchez Vicario would defeat her in the finals.[3]

Men[edit]

The French Open Men's Singles Finals have been competed in by 49 various competitors from 20 separate nationalities over the 46 year time period this event has been staged.[2] The most dominant finalist nations are Spain and Sweden, other mildly successful competing nations are the United States, Czechoslovakia, and Argentina.[2]

  • * = Champion
Competed in 2014  +
Rafael Nadal has been an eight time finalist overall, and twice a four time consecutive finalist, and has won all of those finals.
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Björn Borg has been a six time finalist overall, and a four-time consecutive finalist, and won all of those finals.
Ivan Lendl was an five-time finalist (three wins, two losses).
Mats Wilander was a five-time finalist (three wins, two losses).
Roger Federer has been a five-time finalist (one win, four losses).
Player Nationality Appearances Win-Loss Year(s)
Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal  +  Spain 9 9–0 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2010*, 2011*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*
Borg, BjörnBjörn Borg  Sweden 6 6–0 1974*, 1975*, 1978*, 1979*, 1980*, 1981*
Lendl, IvanIvan Lendl  Czechoslovakia 5 3–2 1981, 1984*, 1985, 1986*, 1987*
Wilander, MatsMats Wilander  Sweden 5 3–2 1982*, 1983, 1985*, 1987, 1988*
Federer, RogerRoger Federer  +   Switzerland 5 1–4 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2011
Vilas, GuillermoGuillermo Vilas  Argentina 4 1–3 1975, 1977*, 1978, 1982
Kuerten, GustavoGustavo Kuerten  Brazil 3 3–0 1997*, 2000*, 2001*
Courier, JimJim Courier  United States 3 2–1 1991*, 1992*, 1993
Bruguera, SergiSergi Bruguera  Spain 3 2–1 1993*, 1994*, 1997
Agassi, AndreAndre Agassi  United States 3 1–2 1990, 1991, 1999*
Kodeš, JanJan Kodeš  Czechoslovakia 2 2–0 1970*, 1971*
Rosewall, KenKen Rosewall  Australia 2 1–1 1968*, 1969
Laver, RodRod Laver  Australia 2 1–1 1968, 1969*
Năstase, IlieIlie Năstase  Romania 2 1–1 1971, 1973*
Chang, MichaelMichael Chang  United States 2 1–1 1989*, 1995
Ferrero, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Ferrero  Spain 2 1–1 2002, 2003*
Corretja, ÀlexÀlex Corretja  Spain 2 0–2 1998, 2001
Söderling, RobinRobin Söderling  Sweden 2 0–2 2009, 2010
Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic  +  Serbia 2 0–2 2012, 2014
Gimeno, AndrésAndrés Gimeno  Spain 1 1–0 1972*
Panatta, AdrianoAdriano Panatta  Italy 1 1–0 1976*
Noah, YannickYannick Noah  France 1 1–0 1983*
Gómez, AndrésAndrés Gómez  Ecuador 1 1–0 1990*
Muster, ThomasThomas Muster  Austria 1 1–0 1995*
Kafelnikov, YevgenyYevgeny Kafelnikov  Russia 1 1–0 1996*
Moyá, CarlosCarlos Moyá  Spain 1 1–0 1998*
Costa, AlbertAlbert Costa  Spain 1 1–0 2002*
Gaudio, GastónGastón Gaudio  Argentina 1 1–0 2004*
Franulović, ŽeljkoŽeljko Franulović  Yugoslavia 1 0–1 1970
Proisy, PatrickPatrick Proisy  France 1 0–1 1972
Pilić, NikolaNikola Pilić  Yugoslavia 1 0–1 1973
Orantes, ManuelManuel Orantes  Spain 1 0–1 1974
Solomon, HaroldHarold Solomon  United States 1 0–1 1976
Gottfried, BrianBrian Gottfried  United States 1 0–1 1977
Pecci, VíctorVíctor Pecci  Paraguay 1 0–1 1979
Gerulaitis, VitasVitas Gerulaitis  United States 1 0–1 1980
McEnroe, JohnJohn McEnroe  United States 1 0–1 1984
Pernfors, MikaelMikael Pernfors  Sweden 1 0–1 1986
Leconte, HenriHenri Leconte  France 1 0–1 1988
Edberg, StefanStefan Edberg  Sweden 1 0–1 1989
Korda, PetrPetr Korda  Czechoslovakia 1 0–1 1992
Berasategui, AlbertoAlberto Berasategui  Spain 1 0–1 1994
Stich, MichaelMichael Stich  Germany 1 0–1 1996
Medvedev, AndreiAndrei Medvedev  Ukraine 1 0–1 1999
Norman, MagnusMagnus Norman  Sweden 1 0–1 2000
Verkerk, MartinMartin Verkerk  Netherlands 1 0–1 2003
Coria, GuillermoGuillermo Coria  Argentina 1 0–1 2004
Puerta, MarianoMariano Puerta  Argentina 1 0–1 2005
Ferrer, DavidDavid Ferrer  +  Spain 1 0–1 2013

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2014  Spain Rafael Nadal  Serbia Novak Djokovic

Multiple-time opponents in the open era[edit]

Opponents Record Finals meetings
Most Wins Most Losses
Australia Rod Laver vs. Australia Ken Rosewall 1–1 1968 (Rosewall), 1969 (Laver)
Sweden Björn Borg Argentina Guillermo Vilas 2–0 1975 (Borg), 1978 (Borg)
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl vs. Sweden Mats Wilander 1–1 1985 (Wilander), 1987 (Lendl)
Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 4–0 2006 (Nadal), 2007 (Nadal), 2008 (Nadal), 2011 (Nadal)

Most consecutive finals in the open era[edit]

Country Player Number Years Results
Won Lost
 Spain Rafael Nadal 5 2010–14^ 5 0
 Sweden Björn Borg 4 1978–81 4 0
 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 4 1984–87 3 1
 Spain Rafael Nadal 4 2005–08 4 0
  Switzerland Roger Federer 4 2006–09 1 3
 United States Jim Courier 3 1991–93 2 1
 Australia Rod Laver 2 1968–69 1 1
 Australia Ken Rosewall 2 1968–69 1 1
 Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 2 1970–71 2 0
 Sweden Björn Borg 2 1974–75 2 0
 Argentina Guillermo Vilas 2 1977–78 1 1
 Sweden Mats Wilander 2 1982–83 1 1
 Sweden Mats Wilander 2 1987–88 1 1
 United States Andre Agassi 2 1990–91 0 2
 Spain Sergi Bruguera 2 1993–94 2 0
 Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 2 2000–01 2 0
 Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 2 2002–03 1 1
 Sweden Robin Söderling 2 2009–10 0 2

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

Women[edit]

The French Open Women's Singles Finals consisted of 43 separate competitors from 16 nationalities in the 46 meetings that have taken place at the event.[3] The era's of dominance are the following: United States and Yugoslavia in different eras, Australia in the 70's, Germany and Spain in the 80's and 90's, and Belgium and Russia in the 2000s.[3]

  • * = Champion
Competed in 2014  +
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Chris Evert was a nine-time finalist (seven wins, two losses).
Steffi Graf was a nine-time finalist (six wins, three losses).
A woman in all white dress, white jacket, and white headband, which she is holding a blue tennis racket
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, was a six-time finalist (three wins, three losses).
Martina Navratilova was a six-time finalist (four losses, and two wins).
Justine Henin has been a four-time finalist winner (three consecutive).
Monica Seles was a four-time finalist (three wins, one loss).
Player Nationality Appearances Win-Loss Year(s)
Evert, ChrisChris Evert  United States 9 7–2 1973, 1974*, 1975*, 1979*, 1980*, 1983*, 1984, 1985*, 1986*
Graf, SteffiSteffi Graf  Germany 9 6–3 1987*, 1988*, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993*, 1995*, 1996*, 1999*
Sánchez Vicario, ArantxaArantxa Sánchez Vicario  Spain 6 3–3 1989*, 1991, 1994*, 1995, 1996, 1998*
Navratilova, MartinaMartina Navratilova  United States[a] 6 2–4 1975, 1982*, 1984*, 1985, 1986, 1987
Henin, JustineJustine Henin  Belgium 4 4–0 2003*, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*
Seles, MonicaMonica Seles  Yugoslavia[b] 4 3–1 1990*, 1991*, 1992*, 1998
Court, MargaretMargaret Court  Australia 3 3–0 1969*, 1970*, 1973*
Sharapova, MariaMaria Sharapova  +  Russia 3 2–1 2012*, 2013, 2014*
Jaušovec, MimaMima Jaušovec  Yugoslavia 3 1–2 1977*, 1978, 1983
Pierce, MaryMary Pierce  France 3 1–2 1994, 2000*, 2005
Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  +  United States 2 2–0 2002*, 2013*
Goolagong, EvonneEvonne Goolagong  Australia 2 1–1 1971*, 1972
Ruzici, VirginiaVirginia Ruzici  Romania 2 1–1 1978*, 1980
Ivanovic, AnaAna Ivanovic  +  Serbia 2 1–1 2007, 2008*
Kuznetsova, SvetlanaSvetlana Kuznetsova  +  Russia 2 1–1 2006, 2009*
Schiavone, FrancescaFrancesca Schiavone  +  Italy 2 1–1 2010*, 2011
Haydon-Jones, AnnAnn Haydon-Jones  United Kingdom 2 0–2 1968, 1969
Hingis, MartinaMartina Hingis   Switzerland 2 0–2 1997, 1999
Clijsters, KimKim Clijsters  Belgium 2 0–2 2001, 2003
Safina, DinaraDinara Safina  Russia 2 0–2 2008, 2009
Richey, NancyNancy Richey  United States 1 1–0 1968*
King, Billie JeanBillie Jean King  United States 1 1–0 1972*
Barker, SueSue Barker  United Kingdom 1 1–0 1976*
Mandlikova, HanaHana Mandlikova  Czechoslovakia 1 1–0 1981*
Majoli, IvaIva Majoli  Croatia 1 1–0 1997*
Capriati, JenniferJennifer Capriati  United States 1 1–0 2001*
Myskina, AnastasiaAnastasia Myskina  Russia 1 1–0 2004*
Na, LiLi Na  +  China 1 1–0 2011*
Niessen Masthoff, HelgaHelga Niessen Masthoff  Germany 1 0–1 1970
Gourlay, HelenHelen Gourlay  Australia 1 0–1 1971
Morozova, OlgaOlga Morozova  Soviet Union 1 0–1 1974
Tomanová, RenataRenata Tomanová  Czechoslovakia 1 0–1 1976
Mihai, FlorenţaFlorenţa Mihai  Romania 1 0–1 1977
Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull  Australia 1 0–1 1979
Hanika, SylviaSylvia Hanika  Germany 1 0–1 1981
Jaeger, AndreaAndrea Jaeger  United States 1 0–1 1982
Zvereva, NataliaNatalia Zvereva  Belarus 1 0–1 1988
Fernandez, Mary JoeMary Joe Fernandez  United States 1 0–1 1993
Martínez, ConchitaConchita Martínez  Spain 1 0–1 2000
Williams, VenusVenus Williams  +  United States 1 0–1 2002
Dementieva, ElenaElena Dementieva  Russia 1 0–1 2004
Stosur, SamanthaSamantha Stosur  +  Australia 1 0–1 2010
Errani, SaraSara Errani  +  Italy 1 0–1 2012
Halep, SimonaSimona Halep  +  Romania 1 0–1 2014

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2014  Russia Maria Sharapova  Romania Simona Halep

Multiple-time opponents in the open era[edit]

Opponents Record Finals meetings
Most Wins Most Losses
United States Chris Evert Czechoslovakia/United States Martina Navratilova 3–1 1975 (Evert), 1984 (Navratilova), 1985 (Evert), 1986 (Evert)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles Germany Steffi Graf 2–0 1990 (Seles), 1992 (Seles)
Germany Steffi Graf Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–1 1989 (Vicario), 1995 (Graf), 1996 (Graf)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles vs. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1–1 1991 (Seles), 1998 (Vicario)

Most consecutive finals in the open era[edit]

Country Player Number Years Results
Won Lost
 United States Chris Evert 4 1983–86 3 1
 United States Martina Navratilova 4 1984–87 1 3
 Germany Steffi Graf 4 1987–90 2 2
 United States Chris Evert 3 1973–75 2 1
 Yugoslavia Monica Seles 3 1990–92 3 0
 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 3 1994–96 1 2
 Belgium Justine Henin 3 2005–07 3 0
 Russia Maria Sharapova 3 2012–14^ 2 1
 United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones 2 1968–69 0 2
 Australia Margaret Court 2 1969–70 2 0
 Australia Evonne Goolagong 2 1971–72 1 1
 Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 2 1977–78 1 1
 United States Chris Evert 2 1979–80 2 0
 Germany Steffi Graf 2 1992–93 1 1
 Germany Steffi Graf 2 1995–96 2 0
 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 2 2007–08 1 1
 Russia Dinara Safina 2 2008–09 0 2
 Italy Francesca Schiavone 2 2010–11 1 1

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c French Open. "French Open History". Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 2010-02-02. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "French Open Men's Singles". Grand Slam History. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "French Open Women's Singles". Grand Slam History. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  4. ^ Reid, Tim (12 March 2008). "Martina Navratilova gets passport on rebound". Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Cherry, Gene (11 July 2009). "Monica Seles inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame". Reuters. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 

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