2013 French Open – Men's Singles

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2013 French Open
Champion   Spain Rafael Nadal
Runner-up   Spain David Ferrer
Final score   6–3, 6–2, 6–3
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  
Main article: 2013 French Open

Rafael Nadal was the three-time defending champion and successfully defended his title by defeating compatriot and good friend David Ferrer who reached his first Grand Slam final 6–3, 6–2, 6–3.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were placed in the same half of the draw at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2010 French Open.[1] In their semi-final they played a notably long match which lasted 4:37 hours and was dubbed as one of the greatest matches to have ever been played in addition to the best clay court match ever. Nadal eventually came through 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7, 9–7.

With Roger Federer's quarterfinal loss, a new French Open finalist was guaranteed from the bottom half of the draw, and David Ferrer successfully reached the final in straight sets,[2] meaning there would be an all-Spanish Grand Slam final for the first time since 2002.[3] In beating Ferrer in the final, Nadal became the first man in history to win any Grand Slam tournament eight times, and overtook Björn Borg and Rod Laver in total Grand Slam titles with 12, tying with Australian Roy Emerson. He also tied with Max Decugis, who won 8 titles when the tournament was only open to French club members.

Despite the victory, Nadal dropped one place down the rankings to World No. 5, in the week beginning 10 June 2013, following Ferrer's run to the final.[4][5][6]

Seeds[edit]

  1. Serbia Novak Djokovic (Semifinals)
  2. Switzerland Roger Federer (Quarterfinals)
  3. Spain Rafael Nadal (Champion)
  4. Spain David Ferrer (Final)
  5. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych (First round)
  6. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Semifinals)
  7. France Richard Gasquet (Fourth round)
  8. Serbia Janko Tipsarević (Third round)
  9. Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka (Quarterfinals)
  10. Croatia Marin Čilić (Third round)
  11. Spain Nicolás Almagro (Fourth round)
  12. Germany Tommy Haas (Quarterfinals)
  13. Japan Kei Nishikori (Fourth round)
  14. Canada Milos Raonic (Third round)
  15. France Gilles Simon (Fourth round)
  16. Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber (Fourth round)
  17. Argentina Juan Mónaco (First round)
  18. United States Sam Querrey (Third round)
  19. United States John Isner (Third round)
  20. Italy Andreas Seppi (Third round)
  21. Poland Jerzy Janowicz (Third round)
  22. Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov (First round)
  23. South Africa Kevin Anderson (Fourth round)
  24. France Benoît Paire (Third round)
  25. France Jérémy Chardy (Third round)
  26. Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov (Third round)
  27. Italy Fabio Fognini (Third round)
  28. Germany Florian Mayer (First round, retired)
  29. Russia Mikhail Youzhny (Fourth round)
  30. France Julien Benneteau (Third round)
  31. Spain Marcel Granollers (First round)
  32. Spain Tommy Robredo (Quarterfinals)

Qualifying[edit]

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

Finals[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                                   
  1  Serbia Novak Djokovic 6 77 7  
12  Germany Tommy Haas 3 65 5  
  1  Serbia Novak Djokovic 4 6 1 77 7  
  3  Spain Rafael Nadal 6 3 6 63 9  
3  Spain Rafael Nadal 6 6 6
  9  Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 2 3 1  
    3  Spain Rafael Nadal 6 6 6
  4  Spain David Ferrer 3 2 3
  32  Spain Tommy Robredo 2 1 1  
4  Spain David Ferrer 6 6 6  
4  Spain David Ferrer 6 77 6
  6  France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 63 2  
6  France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7 6 6
  2  Switzerland Roger Federer 5 3 3  

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1 Serbia N Djokovic 77 6 7
Belgium D Goffin 65 4 5 1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 6
Croatia I Dodig 6 4 3 6 10 Argentina G Pella 2 0 2
Argentina G Pella 4 6 6 2 12 1 Serbia N Djokovic 6 6 6
WC United States A Kuznetsov 1 62 2 26 Bulgaria G Dimitrov 2 2 3
WC France L Pouille 6 77 6 WC France L Pouille 1 64 1
Colombia A Falla 4 0r 26 Bulgaria G Dimitrov 6 77 6
26 Bulgaria G Dimitrov 6 1 1 Serbia N Djokovic 4 6 6 6
22 Ukraine A Dolgopolov 67 4 67 16 Germany P Kohlschreiber 6 3 4 4
Russia D Tursunov 79 6 79 Russia D Tursunov 4 6r
Australia B Tomic 5 68 1r Romania V Hănescu 6 6
Romania V Hănescu 7 710 2 Romania V Hănescu 0 60 1
Italy S Bolelli 4 4 1r 16 Germany P Kohlschreiber 6 77 6
Chinese Taipei Y-h Lu 6 6 2 Chinese Taipei Y-h Lu
Q Czech Republic J Veselý 63 6 5 2 16 Germany P Kohlschreiber w/o
16 Germany P Kohlschreiber 77 1 7 6

Section 2[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
12 Germany T Haas 77 6 6
France G Rufin 64 1 3 12 Germany T Haas 77 6 7
Q United States J Sock 6 6 7 Q United States J Sock 63 2 5
Spain G García-López 2 2 5 12 Germany T Haas 7 77 4 610 10
Russia An Kuznetsov 3 4 64 19 United States J Isner 5 64 6 712 8
United States R Harrison 6 6 77 United States R Harrison 7 79 3 1 6
Argentina C Berlocq 3 4 4 19 United States J Isner 5 67 6 6 8
19 United States J Isner 6 6 6 12 Germany T Haas 6 6 6
29 Russia M Youzhny 4 6 6 6 29 Russia M Youzhny 1 1 3
Spain P Andújar 6 4 2 3 29 Russia M Youzhny 6 65 7 6
Argentina F Delbonis 62 6 6 6 Argentina F Delbonis 3 77 5 4
Q Germany J Reister 77 1 0 4 29 Russia M Youzhny 6 6 6
Spain F Verdasco 6 6 6 8 Serbia J Tipsarević 4 4 3
WC France M Gicquel 2 3 1 Spain F Verdasco 63 1 6 7 6
WC France N Mahut 2 64 1 8 Serbia J Tipsarević 77 6 3 5 8
8 Serbia J Tipsarević 6 77 6

Section 3[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
3 Spain R Nadal 4 77 6 6
Germany D Brands 6 64 4 3 3 Spain R Nadal 4 6 6 6
Slovakia M Kližan 3 6 6 0 Slovakia M Kližan 6 3 3 3
United States M Russell 6 3 1 0r 3 Spain R Nadal 77 6 6
Q Spain P Riba 3 4 4 27 Italy F Fognini 65 4 4
Czech Republic L Rosol 6 6 6 Czech Republic L Rosol 2 63 6 1
Q Germany A Beck 3 5 3 27 Italy F Fognini 6 77 2 6
27 Italy F Fognini 6 7 6 3 Spain R Nadal 6 6 6
24 France B Paire 3 77 6 6 13 Japan K Nishikori 4 1 3
Cyprus M Baghdatis 6 61 4 4 24 France B Paire 77 6 6
Poland Ł Kubot 6 5 79 6 Poland Ł Kubot 62 2 4
Q France M Teixeira 4 7 67 2 24 France B Paire 3 77 4 1
Slovenia G Žemlja 6 6 6 13 Japan K Nishikori 6 63 6 6
Colombia S Giraldo 1 4 1 Slovenia G Žemlja 1 7 1 4
Canada J Levine 3 2 0 13 Japan K Nishikori 6 5 6 6
13 Japan K Nishikori 6 6 6

Section 4[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
9 Switzerland S Wawrinka 7 6 61 7
Netherlands T de Bakker 5 3 77 5 9 Switzerland S Wawrinka 6 77 6
Q Canada V Pospisil 69 4 77 6 6 Argentina H Zeballos 2 62 4
Argentina H Zeballos 711 6 64 2 8 9 Switzerland S Wawrinka 6 62 6 6
France K de Schepper 4 63 6 3 21 Poland J Janowicz 3 77 3 3
Netherlands R Haase 6 77 2 6 Netherlands R Haase 4 6 4 3
Spain A Ramos 63 5 3 21 Poland J Janowicz 6 4 6 6
21 Poland J Janowicz 77 7 6 9 Switzerland S Wawrinka 65 4 6 7 8
28 Germany F Mayer 6 3 5r 7 France R Gasquet 77 6 4 5 6
Uzbekistan D Istomin 4 6 7 Uzbekistan D Istomin 4 5 2
WC France F Serra 3 4 5 Russia N Davydenko 6 7 6
Russia N Davydenko 6 6 7 Russia N Davydenko 4 4 3
Q Poland M Przysiężny 6 65 7 7 7 France R Gasquet 6 6 6
LL United States R Williams 3 77 5 5 Q Poland M Przysiężny 3 3 0
Ukraine S Stakhovsky 1 4 3 7 France R Gasquet 6 6 6
7 France R Gasquet 6 6 6

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
5 Czech Republic T Berdych 68 4 77 77 5
WC France G Monfils 710 6 63 64 7 WC France G Monfils 65 6 77 6
Latvia E Gulbis 6 77 6 Latvia E Gulbis 77 4 64 2
Brazil R Dutra da Silva 1 64 3 WC France G Monfils 6 77 2 63 2
Netherlands I Sijsling 6 6 6 32 Spain T Robredo 2 65 6 77 6
Austria J Melzer 4 3 2 Netherlands I Sijsling 77 6 3 1 1
PR Estonia J Zopp 3 2 1 32 Spain T Robredo 62 4 6 6 6
32 Spain T Robredo 6 6 6 32 Spain T Robredo 65 3 6 6 6
20 Italy A Seppi 64 6 6 62 6 11 Spain N Almagro 77 6 4 4 4
Argentina L Mayer 77 4 3 77 4 20 Italy A Seppi 6 77 62 4 6
Slovenia B Kavčič 6 6 6 Slovenia B Kavčič 0 63 77 6 3
Q Australia J Duckworth 2 2 2 20 Italy A Seppi 61 0 4
Argentina M Alund 2 6 1 0 11 Spain N Almagro 77 6 6
France É Roger-Vasselin 6 4 6 6 France É Roger-Vasselin 2 4 3
LL Austria A Haider-Maurer 6 4 3 3 11 Spain N Almagro 6 6 6
11 Spain N Almagro 4 6 6 6

Section 6[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
14 Canada M Raonic 6 6 4 6
Belgium X Malisse 2 1 6 4 14 Canada M Raonic 7 3 77 6
Q Belgium S Darcis 4 6 1 4 France M Llodra 5 6 63 2
France M Llodra 6 4 6 6 14 Canada M Raonic 5 64 3
Q Germany J-L Struff 67 6 62 2 23 South Africa K Anderson 7 77 6
Russia E Donskoy 79 2 77 6 Russia E Donskoy 710 1 5 2
LL Ukraine I Marchenko 3 5 4 23 South Africa K Anderson 68 6 7 6
23 South Africa K Anderson 6 7 6 23 South Africa K Anderson 3 1 1
31 Spain M Granollers 5 6 4 6 4 4 Spain D Ferrer 6 6 6
Spain F López 7 2 6 4 6 Spain F López 3 6 6 6
Portugal J Sousa 6 6 6 Portugal J Sousa 6 3 4 4
Japan G Soeda 1 3 2 Spain F López 1 5 4
Q United States S Johnson 4 6 3 6 1 4 Spain D Ferrer 6 7 6
Spain A Montañés 6 3 6 3 6 Spain A Montañés 2 1 3
Australia M Matosevic 4 3 4 4 Spain D Ferrer 6 6 6
4 Spain D Ferrer 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6 France J-W Tsonga 6 6 6
Slovenia A Bedene 2 2 3 6 France J-W Tsonga 78 6 6
Finland J Nieminen 6 4 711 4 6 Finland J Nieminen 66 4 3
France P-H Mathieu 4 6 69 6 2 6 France J-W Tsonga 6 6 7
Spain R Bautista-Agut 6 6 6 25 France J Chardy 1 2 5
Luxembourg G Müller 3 4 2 Spain R Bautista-Agut 1 5 4
Germany B Becker 4 2 5 25 France J Chardy 6 7 6
25 France J Chardy 6 6 7 6 France J-W Tsonga 6 6 6
17 Argentina J Mónaco 6 6 64 4 4 Serbia V Troicki 3 3 3
Spain D Gimeno-Traver 4 4 77 6 6 Spain D Gimeno-Traver 6 64 0 79 4
Serbia V Troicki 6 6 6 Serbia V Troicki 4 77 6 67 6
United States J Blake 4 2 2 Serbia V Troicki 714 6 7
Czech Republic R Štěpánek 64 68 611 10 Croatia M Čilić 612 4 5
WC Australia N Kyrgios 77 710 713 WC Australia N Kyrgios 4 2 2
Germany P Petzschner 1 2 3 10 Croatia M Čilić 6 6 6
10 Croatia M Čilić 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
15 France G Simon 3 1 6 6 7
Australia L Hewitt 6 6 4 1 5 15 France G Simon 62 6 6 6
WC France A Mannarino 3 6 3 7 5 PR Uruguay P Cuevas 77 1 1 1
PR Uruguay P Cuevas 6 2 6 5 7 15 France G Simon 2 6 2 77 6
Czech Republic J Hájek 6 5 6 6 18 United States S Querrey 6 3 6 62 2
Q United States D Kudla 2 7 0 4 Czech Republic J Hájek 4 5 4
Slovakia L Lacko 3 4 4 18 United States S Querrey 6 7 6
18 United States S Querrey 6 6 6 15 France G Simon 1 6 6 2 3
30 France J Benneteau 77 6 5 77 2 Switzerland R Federer 6 4 2 6 6
Lithuania R Berankis 65 3 7 65 30 France J Benneteau 711 7 5 0 6
Germany T Kamke 6 6 3 0 6 Germany T Kamke 69 5 7 6 4
Italy P Lorenzi 3 3 6 6 3 30 France J Benneteau 3 4 5
Q India S Devvarman 6 6 7 2 Switzerland R Federer 6 6 7
Q Spain D Muñoz de la Nava 3 3 5 Q India S Devvarman 2 1 1
Q Spain P Carreño-Busta 2 2 3 2 Switzerland R Federer 6 6 6
2 Switzerland R Federer 6 6 6

Road to the final[edit]

For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal lost a set in both of the first two rounds. In the semi-finals, he faced off against world number one Novak Djokovic. In an epic five setter, Nadal triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7.[7]

David Ferrer advanced to the final of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He did not lose a single set in the tournament before the final.[7]

Final[edit]

Third-seeded Nadal from Spain faced off against fourth-seeded David Ferrer in the finals of the French Open. Both players employed the same strategy, trying to win points from the baseline. Nadal won a break early in the first set, but lost it back quickly and had to fend off two other break points during the set. Nadal ending up winning the first set 6–3. Down 3–1 in the second set, Ferrer had four break points to get back into the set. However, Nadal fought them all off, winning the last point on a 31-shot rally, the longest of the match. From there he cruised to a 6–2 set victory. Aided by a Ferrer double fault on break point, Nadal took the third set 6–3 for a three set to none victory.[7]

Nadal had been dominant on clay during his career, but took seven months off from mid-2012 to February 2013 to recover from a knee injury. He showed few signs of the injury during the final as he tracked down balls from corner to corner and hit numerous topspin-laden winners. "This one is very special one," said Nadal after the match. "When you have period of time like I had, you realize that you don't know if you will have the chance to be back here with this trophy another time."[7]

The two-hour sixteen-minute match was briefly interrupted by noisy protesters, one of whom ran onto the court with a lit flare. Tournament director Gilbert Ysern said security "acted efficiently and quickly and handled [the situation] very well."[7] Both players appeared to be rattled by the event, dropping serve immediately after it. "I felt a little bit scared at the first moment because I didn't see what's going on. I just turned there and I watch a guy with some fire," remarked Nadal.[7] Ferrer said the event did not affect his play. Ten people were arrested in total.[7]

With his win, Nadal became the first man to win the same Grand Slam event eight times. It was his 12th major overall, putting him tied for third on the all-time list behind Roger Federer (17) and Pete Sampras (14). He is 59–1 all time in Paris. Nadal broke the men's record for most victories at the French Open and improved to 20–4 against Ferrer.[7]

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