1978 French Open – Men's Singles

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Men's Singles
1978 French Open
ChampionSweden Björn Borg
Runner-upArgentina Guillermo Vilas
Final score6–1, 6–1, 6–3
Details
Draw128
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
Legends −45 45+ women
WC Singles men women
WC Doubles men women
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First-seeded Björn Borg defeated defending champion Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1978 French Open. Borg did not lose a single set in the event, and only 32 games in total, which remains a record in the history of the tournament. The tournament also featured the first grand slam appearance of Ivan Lendl.

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. Björn Borg is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1. Sweden Björn Borg (Champion)
  2. Argentina Guillermo Vilas (Final)
  3. United States Brian Gottfried (Third round)
  4. United States Eddie Dibbs (Quarterfinals)
  5. Spain Manuel Orantes (Quarterfinals)
  6. Mexico Raúl Ramírez (Quarterfinals)
  7. Italy Corrado Barazzutti (Semifinals)
  8. United States Harold Solomon (Third round)
  9. United States Roscoe Tanner (Fourth round)
  10. United States Dick Stockton (Semifinals)
  11. Poland Wojtek Fibak (Fourth round)
  12. Australia Phil Dent (First round)
  13. United States Tim Gullikson (Fourth round)
  14. United Kingdom Buster C. Mottram (Third round)
  15. Australia John Alexander (Fourth round)
  16. United States Stan Smith (Third round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Finals[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                     
1 Sweden Björn Borg 6 6 6
6 Mexico Raúl Ramírez 3 3 0
1 Sweden Björn Borg 6 6 6
7 Italy Corrado Barazzutti 0 1 0
4 United States Eddie Dibbs 2 69 1
7 Italy Corrado Barazzutti 6 711 6
1 Sweden Björn Borg 6 6 6
2 Argentina Guillermo Vilas 1 1 3
5 Spain Manuel Orantes 5 1 3
10 United States Dick Stockton 7 6 6
10 United States Dick Stockton 3 3 2
2 Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6 6 6
  Chile Hans Gildemeister 4 6 1 6 3
2 Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6 2 6 3 6

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1 Sweden B Borg 6 6 6
France E Deblicker 1 1 1 1 Sweden B Borg 6 6 6
United States R Fagel 6 7 6 United States R Fagel 0 1 0
Australia P Kronk 1 6 1 1 Sweden B Borg 6 6 6
United States G Hardie 5 6 6 7 6 Italy P Bertolucci 0 2 2
Spain J Moreno 7 1 7 6 1 United States G Hardie 2 3 5
Sweden B Andersson 4 6 3 6 4 Italy P Bertolucci 6 6 7
Italy P Bertolucci 6 3 6 0 6 1 Sweden B Borg 6 6 77
United States N Saviano 3 2 6 9 United States R Tanner 2 4 65
Switzerland H Günthardt 6 6 7 Switzerland H Günthardt 3 3 6
West Germany K Meiler 4 3 6 1 Australia C Dibley 6 6 7
Australia C Dibley 6 6 2 6 Australia C Dibley 5 6 4
France J-L Haillet 3 2 4 9 United States R Tanner 7 7 6
France P Portes 6 6 6 France P Portes 3 0 1
West Germany J Fassbender 2 1 r 9 United States R Tanner 6 6 6
9 United States R Tanner 6 4

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
14 United Kingdom B Mottram 6 6 6
Spain J Soler 2 3 2 14 United Kingdom B Mottram 2 7 6 6
France C Roger-Vasselin 7 7 6 France C Roger-Vasselin 6 5 2 1
United States S Krulevitz 5 6 0 14 United Kingdom B Mottram 3 0 0
South Africa B Hewitt 5 5 4 Paraguay V Pecci, Sr. 6 6 6
Colombia I Molina 7 7 6 Colombia I Molina 2 3 4
Paraguay V Pecci, Sr. 6 7 6 Paraguay V Pecci, Sr. 6 6 6
Australia B Lloyd 4 5 1 Paraguay V Pecci, Sr. 2 2 67
Spain J Higueras 6 6 6 6 Mexico R Ramírez 6 6 79
France D Bedel 0 2 3 Spain J Higueras 2 4 3
Chile P Cornejo 5 4 6 3 United States B Teacher 6 6 6
United States B Teacher 7 6 3 6 United States B Teacher 2 4 4
United States P Pearson 2 6 4 6 Mexico R Ramírez 6 6 6
Italy A Zugarelli 6 7 6 Italy A Zugarelli 1 3 2
France B Fritz 2 0 4 6 Mexico R Ramírez 6 6 6
6 Mexico R Ramírez 6 6 6

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
4 United States E Dibbs 6 6 6
Spain A Muñoz 1 3 1 4 United States E Dibbs 7 6 6
Australia B Giltinan 6 6 7 Australia B Giltinan 6 1 3
United States C Richey 2 2 5 4 United States E Dibbs 7 6 3 6
Q West Germany W Zirngibl 3 3 6 Australia P McNamee 6 1 6 1
Australia T Rocavert 6 6 7 Australia T Rocavert 2 3 3
Australia P McNamee 6 6 4 7 Australia P McNamee 6 6 6
Austria H Kary 3 2 6 5 4 United States E Dibbs 6 7 6
United States P Du Pré 0 5 3 11 Poland W Fibak 3 5 1
United Kingdom J Lloyd 6 7 6 United Kingdom J Lloyd 2 0 6 6 6
United States G Mayer 6 3 3 6 2 West Germany U Pinner 6 6 1 4 3
West Germany U Pinner 4 6 6 4 3 United Kingdom J Lloyd 1 6 1 1
Q Japan K Tanabe 2 4 3 11 Poland W Fibak 6 4 6 6
United States V Winitsky 6 6 6 United States V Winitsky 1 2 3
Egypt I El Shafei 4 6 4 4 11 Poland W Fibak 6 6 6
11 Poland W Fibak 6 2 6 6

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
16 United States S Smith 3 6 6 7
Australia J James 6 3 3 5 16 United States S Smith 7 3 5 7 6
Switzerland C Dowdeswell 6 5 6 1 6 Switzerland C Dowdeswell 6 6 7 6 4
United States T Gullikson 3 7 3 6 3 16 United States S Smith 6 2 4
Australia M Edmondson 6 4 3 2 LL Czechoslovakia S Birner 7 6 6
LL Czechoslovakia S Birner 2 6 6 6 LL Czechoslovakia S Birner 7 7 6
United States E Van Dillen 2 5 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 6 5 2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Z Franulović 6 7 6 LL Czechoslovakia S Birner 1 4 1
Australia K Warwick 1 6 7 6 3 7 Italy C Barazzutti 6 6 6
France P Dominguez 6 7 6 3 6 France P Dominguez 7 5 7 6
United States R Fisher 3 5 3 United States H Pfister 6 7 5 2
United States H Pfister 6 7 6 France P Dominguez 7 4 5 2
Italy G Ocleppo 6 6 6 7 Italy C Barazzutti 5 6 7 6
Q India S Menon 3 2 4 Italy G Ocleppo 6 2 3 3
South Africa J Yuill 6 6 3 1 r 7 Italy C Barazzutti 4 6 6 6
7 Italy C Barazzutti 3 7 6 0

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
5 Spain M Orantes 3 6 6 6
Netherlands T Okker 6 3 2 2 5 Spain M Orantes 7 6 7
Chile A Pierola 6 2 0 6 6 Chile A Pierola 5 1 6
South Africa B Mitton 3 6 6 3 0 5 Spain M Orantes 7 7 6
United Kingdom R Lewis 3 5 3 Czechoslovakia T Šmid 5 5 2
Ecuador R Ycaza 6 7 6 Ecuador R Ycaza 2 7 2 1
Czechoslovakia T Šmid 7 4 Czechoslovakia T Šmid 6 5 6 6
United States V Amaya 6 6 r 5 Spain M Orantes 6 77 77
France C Freyss 5 4 0 13 United States T Gullikson 3 64 63
United States J Borowiak 7 6 6 United States J Borowiak 5 6 6 6
Czechoslovakia J Granát 6 2 3 1 Italy A Panatta 7 1 4 4
Italy A Panatta 3 6 6 6 United States J Borowiak 2 6 2
France G Goven 4 7 7 6 13 United States T Gullikson 6 7 6
Czechoslovakia V Zednik 6 5 5 2 France G Goven 6 3 3 3
Australia C Letcher 3 2 2 13 United States T Gullikson 2 6 6 6
13 United States T Gullikson 6 6 6

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
10 United States D Stockton 4 2 6 6 6
United Kingdom R Drysdale 6 6 3 4 1 10 United States D Stockton 6 6 7
Australia D Crealy 3 1 6 3 Q Australia J Marks 1 0 5
Q Australia J Marks 6 6 4 6 10 United States D Stockton 4 6 3 7 6
New Zealand C Lewis 6 6 6 Hungary B Taróczy 6 4 6 6 4
Australia R Frawley 4 2 3 New Zealand C Lewis 1 1 1
Q France D Naegelen 0 3 0 Hungary B Taróczy 6 6 6
Hungary B Taróczy 6 6 6 10 United States D Stockton 7 6 6
Brazil C Kirmayr 2 4 4 Q West Germany R Gehring 5 1 3
United States T Moor 6 6 6 United States T Moor 6 6 6 5 3
Q West Germany R Gehring 6 4 2 6 6 Q West Germany R Gehring 4 3 7 7 6
United States M Fishbach 3 6 6 0 3 Q West Germany R Gehring 6 6 4 6 6
Q Australia D Carter 6 6 6 3 United States B Gottfried 3 7 6 3 2
Australia B Phillips-Moore 1 2 1 Q Australia D Carter 4 2 6 4
United States B Scanlon 2 2 0 3 United States B Gottfried 6 6 3 6
3 United States B Gottfried 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
8 United States H Solomon 6 7 6
United Kingdom J Feaver 2 5 2 8 United States H Solomon 7 6 6 6
Chile B Prajoux 7 6 4 6 6 Chile B Prajoux 6 3 7 3
Netherlands L Sanders 5 7 6 1 2 8 United States H Solomon 6 5 0 4
Q Czechoslovakia P Složil 6 4 6 2 Chile H Gildemeister 3 7 6 6
Argentina L Álvarez 7 6 3 6 Argentina L Álvarez 6 6 4 3
Chile H Gildemeister 6 6 6 Chile H Gildemeister 4 7 6 6
France J Vanier 1 3 4 Chile H Gildemeister 7 6 3 4 6
France P Proisy 6 6 7 15 Australia J Alexander 5 4 6 6 3
South Africa B Bertram 3 3 5 France P Proisy 1 7 2 6 0
Argentina R Cano 3 6 6 7 Argentina R Cano 6 5 6 4 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Špear 6 4 3 5 Argentina R Cano 6 2 3
Q West Germany K Eberhard 6 2 7 6 15 Australia J Alexander 7 6 6
West Germany P Elter 4 6 6 2 Q West Germany K Eberhard 6 4 7 2
France J-F Caujolle 1 4 3 15 Australia J Alexander 7 6 6 6
15 Australia J Alexander 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
12 Australia P Dent 4 1 2
United States A Ashe 6 6 6 United States A Ashe 6 6 6
Q Argentina J L Clerc 6 6 6 Q Argentina J L Clerc 2 4 4
Czechoslovakia I Lendl 3 0 3 United States A Ashe 4 6 7 6
Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 6 6 6 Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 6 3 6 4
New Zealand B Fairlie 2 0 1 Czechoslovakia J Kodeš 3 6 7 7
France H Gauvain 1 6 3 2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Pilić 6 3 5 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia N Pilić 6 3 6 6 United States A Ashe 2 2 2
France F Jauffret 7 3 3 4 2 Argentina G Vilas 6 6 6
France G Moretton 6 6 6 6 France G Moretton 0 3 2
France Y Noah 6 6 6 France Y Noah 6 6 6
Q Chile A Fillol 2 2 3 France Y Noah 2 6 1 1
Czechoslovakia P Hutka 6 0 1 2 Argentina G Vilas 6 4 6 6
United States B Martin 7 6 6 United States B Martin 2 6 6 2 4
New Zealand O Parun 0 4 0 2 Argentina G Vilas 6 2 3 6 6
2 Argentina G Vilas 6 6 6

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