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    Event Guide / History / Record Breakers

    Champions have excelled and records have been broken ever since the French Open was first held in 1925. Here are some of the more interesting statistics.

    RECORD NUMBERS OF TITLES

    MEN'S
    Combined total: Henri Cochet, 9 titles (singles: 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932; doubles: 1927, 1930, 1932; mixed doubles: 1928, 1929).
    Singles: Björn Borg (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981) and Rafael Nadal (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), 6 titles; Henri Cochet, 4 titles (1926, 1928, 1930, 1932); René Lacoste (1925, 1927, 1929), Ivan Lendl (1984, 1986, 1987), Mats Wilander (1982, 1985, 1988) and Gustavo Kuerten (1997, 2000, 2001), 3 titles.
    Consecutive singles titles: Björn Borg (1978-81) and Rafael Nadal (2005-08), 4 titles.
    Doubles: Roy Emerson, 6 titles (1960-65).

    WOMEN'S
    Combined total: Margaret Smith-Court, 13 titles (singles: 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973; doubles: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973; mixed doubles: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969).
    Singles: Chris Evert 7 titles (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986); Steffi Graf, 6 titles (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999).
    Consecutive singles titles: Helen Wills-Moody (1928-30), Hilde Sperling (1935-37), Monica Seles (1990-92) and Justine Henin (2005-07), 3 titles.
    Doubles: Martina Navratilova, 7 titles (1975-82-84-85-86-87-88).

    MIXED
    Men: Ken Fletcher (1963, 1964, 1965) and Jean-Claude Barclay (1968, 1971, 1973).
    Women: Margaret Smith-Court (1963, 1964, 1965, 1969).
    Pairs:Margaret Smith-Court and Ken Fletcher (1963, 1964, 1965); Françoise Dürr and Jean-Claude Barclay (1968, 1971, 1973).

    YOUNGEST SINGLES TITLE WINNERS

    MEN
    Michael Chang (1989): 17 years and 3 months.
    Mats Wilander (1982): 17 years and 9 months.
    Björn Borg (1974): 18 years.
    Ken Rosewall (1953): 18 years and 7 months.
    Rafael Nadal (2005): 19 years.

    WOMEN
    Monica Seles (1990): 16 years and 6 months.
    Arantxa Sanchez (1989): 17 years and 5 months.
    Steffi Graf (1987): 17 years and 11 months.
    Christine Truman (1959): 18 years and 4 months.

    OLDEST SINGLES TITLE WINNERS

    MEN
    Andres Gimeno (1972): 34 years and 10 months.
    Ken Rosewall (1968): 33 years and 7 months.
    Frank Parker (1949): 33 years and 4 months.

    WOMEN
    Zsuzsa Kormoczy (1958): 33 years.
    Nelly Adamson-Landry (1948): 31 years and 6 months.
    Chris Evert (1986): 31 years and 5 months.

    WINNERS WHO DID NOT LOSE A SET

    MEN
    Three: Ilie Nastase (1973, first two rounds being best-of-three sets), Björn Borg (1978, 1980) and Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010).

    WOMEN
    13: Helen Wills-Moody (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932), Hilde Sperling (1935, 1936, 1937), Suzanne Lenglen (1925, 1926), Justine Henin (2006, 2007), Simonne Mathieu (1938), Margaret Dupont-Osborne (1949), Doris Hart (1952), Maureen Connolly (1954), Evonne Goolagong (1971), Billie Jean King (1972), Chris Evert (1974), Steffi Graf (1988) and Arantxa Sanchez (1994).

    WINNERS WHO SAVED A MATCH POINT

    MEN
    Six: René Lacoste (1927, 2 in the final versus William Tilden), Gottfried Van Cramm (1934, 1 in the final versus Jack Crawford), Rod Laver (1962, 1 in the quarter-final versus Martin Mulligan), Adriano Panatta (1976, 1 in the first round versus Pavel Hutka), Gustavo Kuerten (2001, 1 in the round of 16 versus Michael Russell) and Gaston Gaudio (2004, 2 in the final versus Guillermo Coria).

    WOMEN
    Four: Margaret Osborne-Dupont (1946, 2 in the final versus Pauline Betz), Margaret Smith-Court (1962, 1 in the final versus Lesley Turner), Anastasia Myskina (2004, 1 in the round of 16 versus Svetlana Kuznetsova) and Justine Henin (2005, 2 in the round of 16 versus Svetlana Kuznetsova).

    LEFT-HANDED WINNERS

    MEN
    Nine champions who won a total of 16 titles: Marcel Bernard (1946), Jaroslav Drobny (1951, 1952), Mervyn Rose (1958), Rod Laver (1962, 1969), Tony Roche (1966), Guillermo Vilas (1977), Andres Gomez (1990), Thomas Muster (1995), Rafael Nadal (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).

    WOMEN
    Five champions who won a total of ten titles: Margaret Scriven (1933, 1934), Nelly Adamson-Landry (1948), Ann Haydon-Jones (1961, 1966), Martina Navratilova (1982, 1984), Monica Seles (1990, 1991, 1992).

    UNSEEDED WINNERS

    MEN
    Four: Marcel Bernard (1946), Mats Wilander (1982), Gustavo Kuerten (1997), Gaston Gaudio (2004).

    WOMEN
    One: Margaret Scriven (1933).

    LOWEST-RANKED WINNERS

    MEN
    Prior to the open era: Marcel Bernard (1946).
    In the open era: Gustavo Kuerten (1997): No.66

    WOMEN
    Prior to the open era: Margaret Scriven (1933).
    In the open era: Francesca Schiavone (2010): No.17

    JUNIOR WINNERS WHO WENT ON TO WIN THE SENIOR TITLE

    MEN
    Ken Rosewall (juniors: 1952; main draw: 1953 and 1968).
    Roy Emerson (juniors: 1954; main draw: 1963 and 1967).
    Andres Gimeno (juniors: 1955; main draw: 1972).
    Ivan Lendl (juniors: 1978; main draw: 1984, 1986, 1987).
    Mats Wilander (juniors: 1981; main draw: 1982, 1985, 1988).

    WOMEN
    Françoise Dürr (juniors: 1960; main draw: 1967).
    Mima Jausovec (juniors: 1973; main draw: 1977).
    Hana Mandlikova (juniors: 1978; main draw: 1981).
    Jennifer Capriati (juniors: 1989; main draw: 2001).
    Justine Henin (juniors: 1997; main draw: 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007).

    FINALS FEATURING THE TOP TWO SEEDS

    MEN
    There have been 14 finals featuring the top two seeds. The No.2 seed has won on nine occasions, the No.1 seed just five.
    1928: Henri Cochet (2) def. René Lacoste (1).
    1930: Henri Cochet (1) def. William Tilden (2).
    1933: Jack Crawford (2) def. Henri Cochet (1).
    1935: Fred Perry (2) def. Gottfried Von Cramm (1).
    1936: Gottfried Von Cramm (2) def. Perry (1).
    1952: Jaroslav Drobny (1) def. Frank Sedgman (2).
    1962: Rod Laver (1) def. Roy Emerson (2).
    1967: Roy Emerson (1) def. Tony Roche (2).
    1968: Ken Rosewall (2) def. Rod Laver (1).
    1978: Björn Borg (1) def. Guillermo Vilas (2).
    1984: Ivan Lendl (2) def. John McEnroe (1).
    2006: Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1).
    2007: Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1).
    2008: Rafael Nadal (2) def. Roger Federer (1).

    WOMEN
    There have been 20 finals featuring the top two seeds, with the No.1 and No.2 seeds winning 10 each.
    1925: Suzanne Lenglen (1) def. Kathleen McKane (2).
    1934: Margaret Scriven (2) def. Helen Jacobs (1).
    1936: Hilde Sperling (1) def. Simonne Mathieu (2).
    1937: Hilde Sperling (1) def. Simonne Mathieu (2).
    1946: Margaret Osborne-Dupont (2) def. Pauline Betz (1).
    1952: Doris Hart (2) def. Shirley Fry (1).
    1953: Maureen Connolly (1) def. Doris Hart (2).
    1957: Shirley Bloomer (1) def. Dorothy Head (2).
    1959: Christine Truman (2) def. Zsuzsa Kormoczy (1).
    1964: Margaret Smith-Court (1) def. Maria Bueno (2).
    1973: Margaret Smith-Court (1) def. Chris Evert (2).
    1975: Chris Evert (1) def. Martina Navratilova (2).
    1978: Virginia Ruzici (2) def. Mima Jausovec (1).
    1984: Martina Navratilova (1) def. Chris Evert (2).
    1985: Chris Evert (2) def. Martina Navratilova (1).
    1986: Chris Evert (2) def. Martina Navratilova (1).
    1987: Steffi Graf (2) def. Martina Navratilova (1).
    1990: Monica Seles (2) def. Steffi Graf (1).
    1992: Monica Seles (1) def. Steffi Graf (2).
    1995: Steffi Graf (2) def. Arantxa Sanchez (1).

    THE TOP FOUR SEEDS ALL SEMI-FINALISTS (OPEN ERA)

    MEN
    1984: John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl (winner), Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander.
    1985: John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander (winner).
    2006: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal (winner), David Nalbandian and Ivan Ljubicic.
    2011: Rafael Nadal (winner), Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

    WOMEN
    1992: Monica Seles (winner), Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini and Arantxa Sanchez.

    EARLIEST DEFEATS FOR TITLE-HOLDERS

    MEN
    Andres Gimeno (1973, defeated by Guillermo Vilas), Gustavo Kuerten (1998, defeated by Marat Safin), Andre Agassi (2000, defeated by Karol Kucera) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (2004, defeated by Igor Andreev) all lost in the second round the year after winning the French Open.

    WOMEN
    Anastasia Myskina (2005, defeated by Maria Sanchez Lorenzo) is the only title-holder to lose in the first round the following year.

    THE LOWEST-RANKED FINALISTS

    MEN
    Andrei Medvedev (1999): No.100.

    WOMEN
    Mary Pierce (2005): No.23

    NUMBER OF TITLES BY COUNTRY

    MEN
    Spain: 14 titles (first in 1961, most recent in 2011).
    United States: 11 titles (first in 1938, most recent in 1999).
    Australia: 11 titles (first in 1933, most recent in 1969).
    Sweden: 10 titles (first in 1957, most recent in 1988).
    France: 10 titles (first in 1925, most recent in 1983).

    WOMEN
    United States: 27 titles (first in 1928, most recent in 2002).
    Germany: 10 titles (first in 1931, most recent in 1999).

    COME-BACKS FROM TWO-SET DEFICITS IN THE FINAL

    1946: Marcel Bernard def. Jaroslav Drobny 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
    1962: Rod Laver def. Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2
    1974: Björn Borg def. Manuel Orantes 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1
    1984: Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
    1999: Andre Agassi def. Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
    2004: Gaston Gaudio def. Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6

    LONGEST FINALS

    MEN
    In games:
    Pre-tie-break: René Lacoste def. William Tilden (1927), 61 games (6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9).
    Post-tie-break (1973), Ivan Lendl def. John McEnroe (1984), 51 games (3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5).
    In time:
    Mats Wilander def. Guillermo Vilas (1982), 4 hours 42 minutes (1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4).

    WOMEN'S
    In games:
    Pre-tie-break: Angela Mortimer def. Dorothy Knode (1955), 38 games (2-6, 7-5, 10-8).
    Post-tie-break (1973), Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez (1996), 40 games (6-3, 6-7, 10-8).
    In time:
    Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez (1996), 3 hours 4 minutes (6-3, 6-7, 10-8).

    LONGEST MATCHES

    MEN
    Number of games:
    In games:
    Pre-tie-break: Robert Mark def. Antal Jancso (first round, 1957), 83 games (13-15, 6-3, 6-8, 8-6 10-8).
    Post-tie-break (since 1973): Ronald Agenor def. David Prinosil (second tour, 1994), 71 games (6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 14-12), Fabrice Santoro def. Arnaud Clément (first round 2004), 71 games (6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14)
    In time:
    Fabrice Santoro def. Arnaud Clément (first round 2004), 6 hours 33 minutes (6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14).

    WOMEN
    In games:
    Pre-tie-break: Kerry Melville def. Pam Teeguarden (third round, 1972), 56 games (9-7, 4-6, 16-14).
    Post-tie-break (since 1973): Kathy Jordan def. Ann Minter (first round, 1984), 46 games (7-5, 4-6, 13-11).
    In time:
    Virginie Buisson def. Noelle Van Lottum (first round, 1995), 4 hours 7 minutes (6-7, 7-5, 6-2).

    MOST MATCHES PLAYED / WON

    MEN
    Guillermo Vilas, 73 matches, 56 wins, 17 defeats.

    WOMEN
    Steffi Graf, 94 matches, 84 wins, 10 defeats.

    CONSECUTIVE WINS

    MEN
    Rafael Nadal, 31 wins from 2005 - 2009.

    WOMEN
    Chris Evert, 29 wins from 1974 - 1981.

    CONSECUTIVE SETS WON

    MEN
    Björn Borg, 41 sets between 1979 - 1981.

    WOMEN
    Helen Wills-Moody 40 sets between 1926 and 1932; Justine Henin, 40 sets between 2005 and 2010.

    MOST DEFEATS IN THE FINAL

    MEN
    4, Roger Federer (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011).

    WOMEN
    6, Simonne Mathieu (1929, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937).

    MOST PARTICIPATIONS

    MEN
    20, François Jauffret (1961-1980) and Fabrice Santoro (1989-2009).

    WOMEN
    19, Andrée Varin (1934-1965)

    BEST PERFORMANCES BY A QUALIFIER (OPEN ERA)

    MEN
    One qualifier made it to the semi-finals: Filip Dewulf, in 1997.

    WOMEN
    Eight qualifiers made it to the quarter-finals: Corinne Molesworth (1972), Katja Ebbinghaus (1972), Helga Masthoff (1978), Miroslava Bendlova (1978), Barbara Schwartz (1999), Marta Marrero (2000), Petra Mandula (2001) and Carla Suarez Navarro (2008).

    BEST PERFORMANCES BY A WILD-CARD

    MEN (since 1985)
    Henri Leconte (ranked No.200): semi-finalist in 1992.

    WOMEN (since 1988)
    Mary Pierce (ranked No.132): quarter-finalist in 2002.

    BEST PERFORMANCES BY A LUCKY LOSERS

    MEN (since 1988)
    Hyung-Taik Lee (ranked No.123): third round in 2004.

    WOMEN (since 1988)
    Nicole Jagerman (ranked No.153): round of 16 in 1988.




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