We’re in for a wild finish at Roland Garros.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking for his first Roland Garros title and his 12th (!) Grand Slam trophy. World No. 2 Andy Murray is standing in his way, fighting for his first Slam trophy since 2013 Wimbledon. Serena Williams can tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam wins. It’s going to be a good weekend.
As the French Open comes to a close, let’s look at 14 insane stats from the past two weeks.
1. Hundred million dollar man
Novak Djokovic is the first tennis player to surpass US$100 million in prize money. He eclipsed the monetary milestone after his 4th round win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
2. Novak Slam?
Djokovic has won 40 out of the last 41 Grand Slam matches he’s played. If he wins RG this year, he will hold all four major titles and become the first man since Rod Laver (1969) to do so.
3. QF streak is fire
Novak made the QFs for a 28th successive Grand Slam, since the 2009 French Open (R3). Only Federer has had a longer Open Era run.
|Roger Federer (SUI)||36|
|Novak Djokovic (SRB)||28|
|Jimmy Connors (USA)||27|
4. SF stats
Serena Williams – she went 9 years without making a French Open SF from 2003-2012. She has now made it to that stage in three of the last four years.
Novak Djokovic – he reached his sixth consecutive French Open SF in 2016, an all-time record.
5. Crazy winning percentage
Serena has entered 63 major tournaments in her career and has reached the final 43% of the time. Mic drop.
6. 200 wins
Rafael Nadal is one of only eight players in the history of men’s tennis to reach the 200 Grand Slam win milestone.
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 26, 2016
7. Heart of a champion
Andy Murray ties Roger Federer and Boris Becker in five-set comebacks at Grand Slams (LLWWW), with 7! This still trails comeback kings Todd Martin (9) and Aaron Krickstein (8).
8. Another career Grand Slam
Former No. 1 DOUBLES players count too, you know. 42-year-old Leander Paes completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, with a win over no. 2 seeds Mirza/Dodig. This is old news for Leander, who accomplished the feat already in men’s doubles at the 2012 Australian Open.
His partner in victory, Martina Hingis, has a stat of her own. After winning the French Open mixed doubles title, she has now won every title (singles, doubles, mixed) at the four Grand Slams, except for the French Open singles title.
9. End of an era?
Roland Garros 2016 marks only the second time since the 2003 French Open that neither Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will be playing in 3R of a Slam. Sad. BUT they still manage to amaze us somehow…
10. Are you on Team Thiem?
22-year-old Dominic Thiem is the youngest RG semi-finalist since 2009. As well, he is the ONLY 1990s-born competitor to accomplish this feat. On Monday, he will rise to a career-high No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Zebras unite.
11. Top 10… losses
With his loss against Djokovic, Tomas Berdych tied Stefan Edberg with most Top 10 losses ever. Edberg’s W/L is 96-114, just a few points better than Berdych at 49-114.
12. Canadian junior domination
Both Denis Shapovalov (5th seed) and Félix Auger-Aliassime (11th seed) have reached the French Open Boys’ SFs, a first for Canadian tennis. They are on opposite sides of the draw and have a chance to participate in the first ever all-Canadian Roland Garros final.
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) June 3, 2016
13. Unlikely fines leaders
Carla Suarez Navarro was fined a combined $8,000 in 3R and 4R for coaching. Zverev is right behind her with $6,000 in fines for unsportsmanlike conduct.
14. Ninja training
Novak Djokovic could have been disqualified if not for this line judge’s amazing reflexes and (potential) dance moves.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 2, 2016