2007 French Open

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2007 French Open
Roland Garros Poster 2007.jpg
Date:   May 27 – June 10
Edition:   106th
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Surface:   Clay
Location:   Paris (XVIe), France
Venue:   Stade Roland Garros
Champions
Men's Singles
Spain Rafael Nadal
Women's Singles
Belgium Justine Henin
Men's Doubles
The Bahamas Mark Knowles / Canada Daniel Nestor
Women's Doubles
Australia Alicia Molik / Italy Mara Santangelo
Mixed Doubles
France Nathalie Dechy / Israel Andy Ram
Boys' Singles
Belarus Vladimir Ignatic
Girls' Singles
France Alizé Cornet
Boys' Doubles
Italy Thomas Fabbiano / Belarus Andrei Karatchenia
Girls' Doubles
Belarus Ksenia Milevskaya / Poland Urszula Radwańska
French Open
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The 2007 French Open (Roland Garros) was held in Paris, France from 27 May through to 10 June 2007. Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the tournament 3 times consecutively since Björn Borg, 1978–81; and maintained his unbeaten run at Roland Garros. Justine Henin also equaled Monica Seles' record of three consecutive wins. This was the third straight year that Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin won the French Open singles titles.

Timeline[edit]

Day Comments Highlights1 Completed Play
2007 Roland Garros Timeline
1 The tournament was almost entirely rained out. However, some matches were completed, and Janko Tipsarević, Serena Williams, and Marat Safin were victors. Safin started as the first winner of the 2007 season. 1 2
2 Again, most of the day's play didn't happen. Rain postponed first round action, however, Venus Williams was one of the few winners on that day. 1 2
3 Day 3 finally prevailed dry. Most of the 64 men's singles first round matches were completed, as well as a few women's victories. Dominik Hrbatý, Julien Benneteau, Florian Mayer, Fernando González, Robin Söderling and Agustín Calleri were other upset seeds on the men's side, and Nadia Petrova was one of the major upsets on the women's side. 1 2
4 On Day 4, a lot of women's matches were played. The remaining of the men's matches were finished and some of the women's winners were Maria Sharapova, Amélie Mauresmo and Venus Williams. 1 2
5 Day 5 saw the start of women's, men's and mixed doubles competitions. In addition, Gastón Gaudio, the 2004 champion, was up 6–4, 6–3 on fourteenth-seeded and former number one Lleyton Hewitt, but ended up losing the match in five sets. Hewitt came from behind two sets to defeat Gaudio. 1 2
6 On Day 6, Jelena Janković ousted Venus Williams 6–4, 4–6, 6–1. A repeat of last year's mixed doubles final came this year in the first round, and the defending champions Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjić beat last year's runner-up team Elena Likhovtseva and Daniel Nestor in three sets, 6–2, 5–7, 10–7. Filippo Volandri, seeded 29th, at the time the most recent person who defeated number one Roger Federer, upset the 7th seed Ivan Ljubičić 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, and he will play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. 1 2
7 Lucie Šafářová upset Amélie Mauresmo for the second consecutive time at a major before the quarterfinals. Serbian Novak Djokovic and last French male representative Olivier Patience battled in a marathon five-set long match that resulted in the qualification of Djokovic, although he himself confessed that "his opponent had played better than him." According to the NBC French Open coverage, Albert Montañés and defending champion Rafael Nadal battled over ten deuces in one of the games in the first set. 1 2
8 The women's fourth round was played out. The four quarterfinals are between Justine Henin, and Serena Williams, between Jelena Janković and Nicole Vaidišová, between Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, and lastly between Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Sharapova, of whom saved two match points against Patty Schnyder today. Two quarterfinal matches in the men's draw have been made, where Roger Federer will play Tommy Robredo, and Guillermo Cañas will play Nikolay Davydenko. 1 2
9 The men's quarterfinals took shape. Rafael Nadal beat Lleyton Hewitt 6–3 6–1 7–6(5) and will face Carlos Moyá. The doubles and juniors tournaments also continued. Marcos Baghdatis was knocked out by Igor Andreev, of whom will meet Novak Djokovic in a quarterfinal. 1 2
10 The first of the quarterfinals were completed. For the men, Roger Federer defeated Tommy Robredo in four sets, marking his first set lost in a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open final. Also winning his match was Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Guillermo Cañas. On the women's side, Ana Ivanovic defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova; Justine Henin took out Serena Williams; Jelena Janković beat Nicole Vaidišová, and Maria Sharapova was victorious over Anna Chakvetadze. 1 2
11 The final two men's quarterfinals were played, with Rafael Nadal defeating fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moyá; and Novak Djokovic beating surprise quarter-finalist Igor Andreev. 1 2
12 Ana Ivanovic made her first Grand Slam singles final, and any Grand Slam final of any type, when she beat Maria Sharapova. Justine Henin beat Jelena Janković, and Ana Ivanovic and Justine Henin will meet in the final. 1 2
13 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have made the finals, both for the second consecutive time. Federer beat Nikolay Davydenko and Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic. 1 2
14 Justine Henin defeats Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to capture the women's singles championship. 1 2
15 Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in 4 sets to win the men's singles title for the 3rd consecutive year at the French Open. 1 2
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Notable stories[edit]

Day by day[edit]

Day 1[edit]

Most of the day's matches were canceled due to rain. Serena Williams and Justine Henin both won on the women's side. Marat Safin won his match, and was the 2007 French Open's first victor. Other winners include Dinara Safina, Tamira Paszek, Potito Starace and Janko Tipsarević.

Day 2[edit]

Most of the day was again canceled due to rain. However, Venus Williams, Michaëlla Krajicek and Nikolay Davydenko were amongst that day's winners.

Day 3[edit]

The third day saw almost the entire men's draw completed, with only seven of 64 matches yet to play. The top half of the women's singles draw also completed their action. The Americans struggled; only two of the eleven Americans in action are still in the tournament, one of nine men and one of two women. The only American woman to advance was Shenay Perry, who survived a loss of the first set against Olivia Sanchez. The other American man still in the tournament was Robby Ginepri, who didn't even advance yet. He split sets with Diego Hartfield before play was suspended. Spanish players enjoyed the opposite fortune, with six of eight men and the only woman all winning their matches. Ernests Gulbis, who became the first Latvian man in the main draw of a Grand Slam, saw off Britain's only representative, Tim Henman.

The longest match of the men's singles draw was Philipp Kohlschreiber's clash with Lukáš Dlouhý where the fifth set was eventually taken by Kohlschreiber, 17–15. Eight male seeds left the tournament:

Also, the injured Russian eleventh seed Nadia Petrova went out 5–7, 7–5, 0–6 to Květa Peschke. Nicole Vaidišová and Jelena Janković defeated their opponents in straight sets.

Day 4[edit]

Tenth seed Tomáš Berdych failed to turn his overnight two-set deficit against Guillermo García López, and became the ninth men's seed to bow out in the first round. The conqueror of Fernando González, Radek Štěpánek, lost in five sets to wildcard Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round. Justine Henin, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Amélie Mauresmo won through as well. The unseeded Kristof Vliegen was able to beat eleventh seed Richard Gasquet in straight sets, 7–6(4), 6–3, 6–1.

Day 5[edit]

Gastón Gaudio, the 2004 champion, was up 6–4, 6–3 on fourteenth-seeded and former number one Lleyton Hewitt, but ended up losing the match in five sets. Hewitt came from behind two sets to defeat Gaudio. Also, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and other players advanced, however rain once again stopped play around 6 P.M. Andreea Ehritt-Vanc and Anastasia Rodionova were amongst the first to win their doubles match today.

Day 6[edit]

On Day 6, a repeat of last year's mixed doubles final came when Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjić beat Elena Likhovtseva and Daniel Nestor 6–2, 5–7, 10–7 in the first round. Number four seed Jelena Janković beat Venus Williams 6–4, 4–6, 6–1 in the third round. Filippo Volandri, seeded 29th, then the most recent person who defeated Roger Federer[1] (at the 2007 Rome Masters), upset the 7th seed Ivan Ljubičić 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the third round, and he will play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round, which is his best French Open of his career.

Day 7[edit]

On Day 7, there was no rain delay. According to coverage on NBC, a game in the first set between Rafael Nadal and Albert Montañés went to over ten deuces, and thirty two points. Today, number five seed Amélie Mauresmo lost to Lucie Šafářová for the second time at a major in a row.

Day 8[edit]

On Day 8, the women's quarterfinal draw took shape. Two men's quarterfinals also took shape, and many matches in doubles and juniors were also played. The four women's quarterfinals are:


The men's quarterfinals that have been formed by winning their fourth round matches are:

Day 9[edit]

The last two men's quarterfinals were formed. Junior singles and doubles matches as well as other senior doubles matches were played. The men's quarterfinals are as so:

Day 10[edit]

In the men's singles quarterfinals, Roger Federer beat Tommy Robredo, and Nikolay Davydenko beat Guillermo Cañas. Federer will meet Davydenko in the semifinals.

Day 11[edit]

The last men's semifinal was formed. Novak Djokovic beat Igor Andreev, and Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Moyá, and these two winners would take each other on in the semifinals.

Day 12[edit]

In the women's semifinals Ana Ivanovic beat Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2 to make it to her first Grand Slam singles final and Justine Henin beat Jelena Janković, and still hasn't lost a set in over two years at the French Open. The first champions were Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram after finals victory over the 2006 champions Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjić in mixed doubles.

Day 13[edit]

Finalists of men's singles are Roger Federer (who beat Nikolay Davydenko 7–5, 7–6, 7–6) and Rafael Nadal (who beat Novak Djokovic 7–5, 6–4, 6–2). 17th seeded Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo beat Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama, the seventh seeds, to win the women's doubles championship.

Day 14[edit]

Justine Henin beat Ana Ivanovic in straight sets, and is the three-time champion who has not lost a set since the 2005 fourth round when she saved match points against Svetlana Kuznetsova. The men's doubles and juniors doubles finals were played.

Day 15[edit]

Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in 4 sets to win his 3rd straight French Open title. Nadal has now won 3 French Opens. He won all of twenty-one matches playing on Roland Garros. This was also the second consecutive year that Nadal denied Federer winning 4 slams in a row.

Seniors[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Spain Rafael Nadal defeated Switzerland Roger Federer, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4

  • It was Nadal's 3rd career Grand Slam title, and his 3rd (consecutive) French Open title.

Women's singles[edit]

Belgium Justine Henin[2] defeated Serbia Ana Ivanovic, 6–1, 6–2

  • It was Henin's 4th title of the year, and her 33rd overall. It was her 6th career Grand Slam title, and her 4th and last French Open title.

Men's doubles[edit]

The Bahamas Mark Knowles / Canada Daniel Nestor defeated Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý / Czech Republic Pavel Vízner, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4

  • It was the first French Open win of Knowles and Nestor.

Women's doubles[edit]

Australia Alicia Molik / Italy Mara Santangelo defeated Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Japan Ai Sugiyama, 7–6(7–5), 6–4

  • It was Molik and Santangelo's 1st career Grand Slam title.

Mixed doubles[edit]

France Nathalie Dechy / Israel Andy Ram defeated Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Serbia Nenad Zimonjić, 7–5, 6–3

Juniors[edit]

Boys' singles[edit]

Belarus Vladimir Ignatic defeated Australia Greg Jones 6–3, 6–4

Girls' singles[edit]

France Alizé Cornet defeated Colombia Mariana Duque Marino 4–6, 6–1, 6–0

Boys' doubles[edit]

Italy Thomas Fabbiano / Belarus Andrei Karatchenia defeated United States Kellen Damico / France Jonathan Eysseric 6–4, 6–0

Girls' doubles[edit]

Belarus Ksenia Milevskaya / Poland Urszula Radwańska  defeated Romania Sorana Cîrstea / United States Alexa Glatch 6–1, 6–4

Legends[edit]

Legends Under 45 Doubles[edit]

France Arnaud Boetsch / France Guy Forget defeated France Henri Leconte / France Cédric Pioline 6–3, 3–6, 1–0(14)

Legends Over 45 Doubles[edit]

Sweden Anders Järryd / United States John McEnroe defeated Australia John Fitzgerald / Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–1, 6–2

Wheelchair[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Singles[edit]

Japan Shingo Kunieda defeated Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan 6–3, 6–4

Wheelchair Women's Singles[edit]

Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated France Florence Gravellier 6–3, 5–7, 6–2

Wheelchair Men's Doubles[edit]

France Stephane Houdet / France Michael Jeremiasz defeated Japan Shingo Kunieda / Japan Satoshi Saida 7–6(7–4), 6–1

Wheelchair Women's Doubles[edit]

Netherlands Maaike Smit / Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated France Florence Gravellier / Japan Mie Yaosa 6–1, 6–4

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. Players in bold are still in the competition. The players no longer in the tournament are listed with the round in which they exited.

Media coverage[edit]

Coverage of the 2007 French Open was as follows:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATPtennis.com – Players – Profiles – Player Activity
  2. ^ Justine Henin has not lost a set in over two years at the French Open, since her 2005 fourth round when she saved match points against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Preceded by
2007 Australian Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2007 Wimbledon