The organization of the Roland Garros 2020 has long been troubled because of the global Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued the world, and France severely, also in these days of September, with many infections. This year between safety protocols and very important absences, such as that of Roger Federer the Parisian Slam will experience one of the most atypical seasons of its long history: for the first time it will be played not in lat spring but at the gates of autumn.
And talking about history, there are epic and unforgettable challenges and immortal protagonists who will remain forever etched in the history of the French Open. The Parisian tournament has always seen on its clay courts amazing moments of tennis, to the delight of the crowd and the fans.
Since its origins, French Open has experienced intense matches, like the one between René Lacoste and Bill Tilden in 1927. The final won in that season by the French icon (6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11 -9) remains one of the best matches ever in Paris.
He beat the American after five unforgettable sets, winning his second title in Paris, in an era dominated by French players.
The unforgettable match of the Roland Garros history
In 1946, the edition after the Second World War was won by Margaret Osborne against her countrywoman Pauline Betz, at the end of an exciting challenge, with the final score of 1-6, 8-6, 7-5.
The epilogue of 1962 Between Rod Laver and Roy Emerson saw Laver's triumph over his countryman for 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2, after a very beautiful match. Also, the epic challenges between Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Coria in 2004, won by Gaudio, between Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes in 1973, won by the Swedish and between Jennifer Capriati and Kim Clijsters in 2001, won by the US, cannot be forgotten.
In 1985, Chris Evert won his sixth Parisian title, defeating Martina Navratilova for 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5. It was a great challenge, one of the best in women's singles. In 1996, Steffi Graf defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario with the final score of 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-8.
Graf needed an unforgettable third set to finally fold the resistance of her opponent with which she had clashed twice in a few years. Roger Federer's victory against Tommy Haas in 2009 was incredible and unforgettable.
The Swiss Maestro, after being on the brink of the abyss, won after five thrilling sets for 6-7 (4), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2, and completed the career Slam. Incredible shots, rallies and emotions; the epic semi-final of 2013 between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was probably one of the best matches ever in Paris. A battle won by Nadal for 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7.