Roland Garros: Nadal, Borg, the Musketeers the men who wrote history



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Roland Garros: Nadal, Borg, the Musketeers the men who wrote history

The Roland Garros 2022 is finally upon us! A long-awaited edition: Rafael Nadal, despite the physical problems, will be there, and will want to defend himself from the assaults of Novak Djokovic, who is looking for his 21st Grand Slam in Bois de Boulogne.

The new one who advances is represented by Carlos Alcaraz, revelation of the season and true heir of the Big 3. In the women's singles who will be able to stop Iga Swiatek from writing history? Rafael Nadal is the man who wrote the most important pages of the Roland Garros history.

A final mention goes to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic; they have won only one edition of the French Slam, but with those victories, they completed the much-dreamed-about career Slam. Max Décugis is certainly one of the emblems of this tournament.

The Frenchman won the title eight times (1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914), and was, until 2013, the most successful tennis player in men's singles. Also the winner of three Olympic medals, his career was completely ruined by the First World War.

Between the mid-30s and the mid-70s, champions such as Gottfried von Cramm, Nicola Pietrangeli and Manuel Santana will be foreve remembered. Then with the arrival of Bjorn Borg, 6-times winner of the title (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981), fans had a new idol to support.

Ivan Lendl and Gustavo Kuerten preceded the absolute dominance of Rafael Nadal, the true great protagonist of the French Open, able to win 12 editions (a record), dominating his opponents over almost fourteen years. Only in retrospect, in a few years, we will realize how much the Spaniard has upset the history of this tournament, linking it in a stainless manner to his image, in a mutual exchange.

Going back in time, René Lacoste won the title three times (1925, 1927, 1929), Jean Borotra won the title in 1931 and Henri Cochet won five editions (1922 1926 1928 1930 1932). Their monopoly lasted from 1922 until 1932, with the only exception of 1923.

Jacques Brugnon made two times the quarterfinals in the men's singles, but he was loved by the French crowd, as part of that memorable quartet of champions. André Vacherot was one of the players who wrote the history of the tournament during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He won four editions of the French Open (1894, 1895, 1896, 1901).