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
(50 finals, including 2017)
Men's Most 10: 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)

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, ten-time finalist (and winner) Rafael Nadal, five-time finalists Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Roger Federer, and four-time finalists Guillermo Vilas and Novak Djokovic.[2] Borg won four straight finals appearances 1978–1981, which was a record that Nadal tied in 2008 and 2013, and beat in 2014. Lendl won three finals during the 1980s, after losing his first final to Borg in 1981. 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 from 2005 to 2008, and he won five straight final appearances from 2010 to 2014.[2] However, Federer went on to capture the career grand slam in 2009, which Nadal lost out to Robin Söderling, who went on to the final to play Federer.[2] Vilas won one of his four final appearances, but did not do this consecutively like Federer.[2] Federer and Djokovic lost their first three final appearance before winning it in his fourth finals try.[2]

The French Open Women's Finals have had many top players playing in them such as Chris Evert and Steffi Graf, both nine-time finalists, six-time finalists Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Martina Navratilova, and Justine Henin, Monica Seles and Serena Williams being four-time finalists.[3] Evert went on to win seven finals, a record among women, in which she played Navratilova in four finals winning three in 1975, 1985, and 1986.[3] Navratilova won two titles at the event in 1982 and 1984, which she beat Evert in the 1984 one.[3] Graf won six finals, which she beat Navratilova in 1987, their lone encounter.[3] In addition, Graf played Seles in 1990 and 1992, with Seles winning both.[3] Furthermore, Graf played Sánchez Vicario in three finals, with Graf winning in 1995 and 1996.[3] Seles beat Sánchez Vicario in 1991, but in 1998 Sánchez Vicario defeated her in the finals.[3] Sánchez Vicario won three titles at the event, and also lost three finals.[3] Henin won three straight, which is a woman's co-record at the event matching Seles, but during the four wins and three consecutive she did not play the same opponent twice.[3] Henin won her second title in 2005 against 2000 champion Mary Pierce, and the last two opponents she defeated, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2006 final, and Ana Ivanovic in the 2007 final, went on to win in 2009 and 2008 respectively.[3]

Men[edit]

The French Open Men's Singles Finals have been competed in by 51 various competitors from 21 separate nationalities over the 50 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
Rafael Nadal has been a ten-time finalist overall, and both a five-time consecutive finalist and 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 a 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).
Novak Djokovic has been a four-time finalist (one win, three losses).
Player Nationality Appearances Win-Loss Year(s)
Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal  Spain 10 10–0 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2010*, 2011*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2017*
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
Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic  Serbia 4 1–3 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016*
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*
Wawrinka, StanStan Wawrinka   Switzerland 2 1–1 2015*, 2017
Corretja, ÀlexÀlex Corretja  Spain 2 0–2 1998, 2001
Söderling, RobinRobin Söderling  Sweden 2 0–2 2009, 2010
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
Murray, AndyAndy Murray  Great Britain 1 0–1 2016

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2017  Spain Rafael Nadal   Switzerland Stan Wawrinka

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, 1978
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl vs. Sweden Mats Wilander 1–1 1985 (Wilander), 1987 (Lendl)
Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 4–0 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic 2–0 2012, 2014

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
 Serbia Novak Djokovic 3 2014–16 1 2
 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 have consisted of 47 separate competitors from 17 nationalities in the 50 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
A blonde-haired female tennis player with multi-colored shorts and a black shirt, with the tennis racket out in front of her
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).
Serena Williams has been 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
Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  United States 4 3–1 2002*, 2013*, 2015*, 2016
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
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
Halep, SimonaSimona Halep  Romania 2 0–2 2014, 2017
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*
Mandlíková, HanaHana Mandlíková  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*
Muguruza, GarbiñeGarbiñe Muguruza  Spain 1 1–0 2016*
Ostapenko, JeļenaJeļena Ostapenko  Latvia 1 1–0 2017*
Niessen Masthoff, HelgaHelga Niessen Masthoff  West Germany 1 0–1 1970
Gourlay, HelenHelen Gourlay  Australia 1 0–1 1971
Morozova, OlgaOlga Morozova  Soviet Union 1 0–1 1974
Tomanová, RenátaRenáta Tomanová  Czechoslovakia 1 0–1 1976
Mihai, FlorențaFlorența Mihai  Romania 1 0–1 1977
Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull  Australia 1 0–1 1979
Hanika, SylviaSylvia Hanika  West Germany 1 0–1 1981
Jaeger, AndreaAndrea Jaeger  United States 1 0–1 1982
Zvereva, NataliaNatalia Zvereva  Soviet Union 1 0–1 1988
Fernández, Mary JoeMary Joe Fernández  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
Šafářová, LucieLucie Šafářová  Czech Republic 1 0–1 2015

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2017  Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko  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, 1992
Germany Steffi Graf Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2–1 1989 (Sánchez 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
 United States Serena Williams 2 2015–16[4] 1 1

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "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. ^ "Serena Williams Confirms Pregnancy Announcement". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  5. ^ Reid, Tim (12 March 2008). "Martina Navratilova gets passport on rebound". The Times. London. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Cherry, Gene (11 July 2009). "Monica Seles inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame". Reuters. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 

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