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Stats Breakdown: The 2014 French Open

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MEN'S SINGLES

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal is aiming to win his 14th career Grand Slam title, which would bring him level with Pete Sampras in second place all-time. Only Roger Federer has won more (17).
  • Nadal has reached 19 career Grand Slam finals. Only Roger Federer has appeared in more (24).
  • Nadal has won the French Open on eight separate occasions. This is already an all-time record for most championship titles in a single Major.
  • Apart from Roland Garros, Nadal has also won eight trophies in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Both are also clay tournaments. No player in ATP Tour history has ever won the same tournament nine times. Apart from Nadal, Guillermo Vilas also recorded eight wins in the same tournament (Buenos Aires).
  • In the Open era, no one has ever won the French Open five years in a row and Nadal is attempting to become the first to achieve this. Björn Borg and Roger Federer once won Wimbledon five years in a row and Federer managed the same at the US Open.
  • Rafael Nadal's track record at the Porte d'Auteuil is 59 wins and one defeat. The only player that has defeated him at Roland Garros is Robin Söderling, who knocked him out in Round 4 in 2009.
  • Nadal started his French Open career with 31 wins, before losing to Söderling. He has reeled off 28 consecutive victories since at Roland Garros.
  • His 31-match streak is a record for this tournament. His current run of 28 wins equals the previous high mark set by Björn Borg from 1978 to 1981.
  • Nadal's 59 wins are a record for this Grand Slam tournament. Guillermo Vilas and Roger Federer both have 58 victories at Roland Garros.
  • Nadal has already suffered three defeats on clay this season, his most since 2004 when he also lost three matches on clay. This was one year before he claimed his first French Open crown.
  • Of his 63 career tournament titles, Nadal has won 44 on clay. He has won two clay tournaments this season, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.
  • One more tournament win would raise Nadal's career total to 64 and would see him match Björn Borg and Pete Sampras in joint-fifth place in ATP Tour history.
  • Nadal has won three tournaments this year. He has won at least three tournaments in each of his last 10 seasons on the ATP tour.
  • Nadal's career track record in singles matches on clay is 311-24 (92.8% win percentage). His career victory percentages on grass (79.4%) and hardcourt (78.1%) are below 80%.
  • Rafael Nadal has a winning track record against every other player in the Top 35 of the ATP Rankings (except for #31 Vasek Pospisil, whom he has never played against). The highest ranked player in the world against whom Rafael Nadal does not have a winning record is #36 Florian Mayer (1-1).

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic has won all Major trophies except for the Coupe des Mousquetaires. He is bidding to become the eighth player in history to complete the career Grand Slam. Three players have performed the feat in the Open era: Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
  • This will be Djokovic's 10th appearance at the French Open. His best performance in the tournament is reaching the final in 2012. He lost that match against Rafael Nadal.
  • Only four players have beaten Rafael Nadal more than once on clay. Novak Djokovic has done that more often than any other player on this surface (four times). Still, Djokovic is 0-5 lifetime against Nadal at Roland Garros.
  • For the first time since the 2011 Australian Open, Novak Djokovic enters a Major without holding any of the four Grand Slam titles.
  • Novak Djokovic has reached the final in 10 of the last 14 Majors he has taken part in.
  • He has won each of the last seven men's singles finals he has contested (all ATP tournaments), in four of which he defeated Rafael Nadal.
  • Has won three tournament titles this season, all on ATP 1000 (Masters Series) level: Indian Wells, Miami and Rome.
  • Novak Djokovic is 24-3 on the season. In 2014, he has only lost to Swiss players (twice to Roger Federer and once to Stanislas Wawrinka).
  • In six of the previous eight years, the men's singles crown was claimed by the player seeded second.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer has won an all-time record 17 Grand Slam titles. The French Open is the only Major that he has won fewer than four times. He won it once, in 2009.
  • Federer has also finished runner-up in seven Majors. He suffered six Grand Slam final defeats against Rafael Nadal and one against Juan Martín Del Potro.
  • This will be Federer's 60th appearance in a Major. He has appeared in an Open era record 57 successive Grand Slam tournaments after missing out on the 1999 US Open.
  • Only two players have made participated in more than 60 Majors: Fabrice Santoro (70) and Andre Agassi (61).
  • If Federer reaches the quarterfinals, it will be the 42nd time he does that at a Grand Slam. That will be an Open era record, which he currently shares at 41 with Jimmy Connors.
  • Roger Federer has lost his last two singles matches (Monte Carlo final and R32 in Rome). He has not lost more than two consecutive since 2002, when he lost four in a row (Gstaad, Toronto, Cincinnati and Long Island).
  • Federer has won only one of the last 16 Grand Slams that he has entered, Wimbledon 2012. That tournament was also the only in his last 11 Major appearances in which he reached the final.
  • Federer has won one tournament this year, Dubai. This already equals his victory total from last year, when he emerged victorious in Halle.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA

  • Stanislas Wawrinka is one of three players that have won three men's singles titles in 2014. The others are Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Wawrinka has won Chennai, the Australian Open and the Monte Carlo Masters.
  • For Wawrinka, this is easily his best season so far. In previous seasons, he had never claimed more than one tournament title. He has seven career tournament wins.
  • Wawrinka is hoping to become the first player since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian Open and the French Open in the same season. For all of Rafael's Nadal's domination at Roland Garros, the one year in which he won the Australian Open (2009) was also the year in which he faltered at the French Open.
  • Wawrinka has made 36 appearances in a Grand Slam tournament. He reached the semifinals in each of the last two, having never made it to the final four in his previous 34 attempts.
  • At this year's Australian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Major title in his 36th attempt. Only one Major winner in Open era needed more attempts to secure his first Grand Slam title: Goran Ivanisevic (48).
  • His 36 attempts to reach his first Grand Slam final are only topped by David Ferrer (42). His 35 attempts to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal are topped only by Mark Woodforde (38) and Colin Dibley (37).
  • At this year's Australian Open, Wawrinka became the first player ever to defeat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in one Grand Slam tournament.

THE FRENCH

  • The French are hoping to celebrate their first men's singles at Roland Garros in 31 years. Yannick Noah was the last local winner in 1983.
  • Noah is also the only French Major winner in the Open era.
  • The last Frenchman to reach the final at Roland Garros was Henri Leconte in 1988. He lost the final against Mats Wilander.
  • The last Frenchman to reach the final in any Grand Slam tournament was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open. He lost that match against Novak Djokovic.
  • In each of the last four Majors, France have sent the biggest contingent of all countries participating in the men's singles.

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WOMEN'S SINGLES

SERENA WILLIAMS

  • Serena Williams is the defending champion at Roland Garros and she will be in search of her 18th career Grand Slam title, which would bring her level with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
  • In the Open era, only one player has won more than 18 Major titles, Steffi Graf (22).
  • Serena Williams will attempt to join Graf as the only players in the Open era to have won each of the four Majors at least three times.
  • The only other active player that has won more than four Major titles is sister Venus Williams, who has seven to her name and won her last Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon 2008.
  • No woman has won the French Open in back-to-back years since Justine Henin won it in three straight years from 2005 to 2007.
  • Serena has won four of the last seven Grand Slam titles available to her.
  • Last year, Serena won the French Open title, one year after having been knocked out in the first round at Roland Garros.
  • Serena has been eliminated from the French Open in the quarterfinals on five occasions. Only one player has made more quarterfinal exits at a particular Grand Slam, Conchita Martínez at the French Open (7).
  • Serena Williams will be 32 years and 254 days old on 7 June, the day of the women's singles final. She established the record for oldest French Open champion in the Open era (31-255) last year and can extend it here.
  • Last year, Serena won 14 sets and lost only one at the French Open. Svetlana Kuznetsova took a set off her in the quarterfinals and no one forced her to win seven games to clinch a set.

LI NA

  • Li Na is in search of her third career Grand Slam title. In 2011, she became the first ever player from Asia to win a Major (women's singles) by beating defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the final at Roland Garros.
  • She is still the only player from Asia to win a Grand Slam title and to reach finals of Grand Slam tournaments.
  • Li Na won this year's Australian Open and is poised to become the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the year's first two Majors.
  • Roland Garros 2011 remains her only career WTA title on clay. She has won nine women's singles titles and seven of them have come on hardcourt. One has come on grass.
  • Eight of her last nine WTA finals were contested on hardcourt, the exception being a clay final in Stuttgart last year, which she lost to Maria Sharapova.
  • Has won two tournament titles in 2014, Shenzhen and the Australian Open. Only Serena Williams has won more (three) since the start of the New Year.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

  • Agnieszka Radwanska is the world number three. Her highest position in the ranking was second, where she was positioned in mid-2012.
  • Has won 13 career WTA tournament titles, two of which have come on clay, Istanbul in 2008 and Brussels in 2012.
  • Recorded her best achievement in seven appearances at Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals last year. There, she was ousted by Sara Errani.
  • Her best achievement in a Major is reaching the final at Wimbledon in 2012. She was defeated in three sets by Serena Williams.
  • Reached the semifinals at the Australian Open this year, in which she suffered a resounding defeat against eventual runner-up Dominika Cibulková.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

  • Maria Sharapova is a career Grand Slam winner, having won each of the four Majors precisely once. Her last Grand Slam title came at Roland Garros in 2012.
  • The 2012 French Open is the only one that Sharapova has won in her last 21 attempts at a Major.
  • Last year's runner-up at Roland Garros, losing to Serena Williams in straight sets. Has reached the final at the Porte d'Auteuil in each of the last two years.
  • Has won two tournament titles in 2014 (Stuttgart and Madrid). Has won at least one tournament title in each of the last 12 seasons.

SIMONA HALEP

  • Enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2013, winning six WTA tournament titles and adding a trophy from Doha in 2014 to raise her career total to seven.
  • Has made it to the quarterfinals once in 15 Grand Slam appearances. She reached the last eight in this year's Australian Open.
  • Won the Junior Championship at Roland Garros in 2008. The last former Girls' champion to win the senior event was Justine Henin in 2007. The Belgian was the Junior Champion in 1997.
  • Only one Romanian player has claimed a women's singles title at a Grand Slam, Virginia Ruzici at the 1978 French Open.
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