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2008 French Open

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2008 French Open
Date:   May 25June 8
Edition:   107th
Men's Singles
Flag of Spain Rafael Nadal
Women's Singles
Flag of Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Men's Doubles
Flag of Uruguay Pablo Cuevas / Flag of Peru Luis Horna
Women's Doubles
Flag of Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues / Flag of Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Mixed Doubles
Flag of Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Flag of the United States Bob Bryan
French Open
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The 2008 French Open was the second Grand Slam event of the year and the 107th edition of the French Open, a tennis tournament. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from May 25 through June 8, 2008.

Justine Henin did not defend her trophy due to her retirement from the sport on May 14. Henin had the potential to become the only woman in the Open Era to win four consecutive French Open titles (currently, she shares the record of three with Monica Seles). Her retirement meant that the French Open would have a new women's champion in 2008, and Ana Ivanovic, the runner-up to Henin in 2007, was the victor. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal equalled Bjorn Borg's record of four consecutive titles in the open era. Other competitions included men and women's doubles, junior singles and doubles as well as wheelchair and 'veteran' competitions.


[edit] Notable stories

[edit] Justine Henin's Retirement

On May 14, 2008, less than two weeks before the start of the 2008 French Open, defending champion and World No. 1 Justine Henin, announced in a press conference her immediate retirement from the sport. Four-time winner in Roland-Garros, where she defeated Kim Clijsters in 2003, Mary Pierce in 2005, Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2006 and Ana Ivanovic in 2007, Henin, became the first player, at 25, to stop her career while holding the number one rank. Henin had undergone a poor run in the 2008 season, but was still considered to be a strong favourite for the French Open crown. Her retirement, which propelled Maria Sharapova to the top spot of the rankings, also opened the draw at this year's tournament, allowing the crowing of a new champion.[1][2]

[edit] Guga's Goodbye

The 2008 French Open saw the last appearance on the ATP Tour of former World No. 1 Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten.[3] The 31-year-old Brazilian champion, had been awarded a wild card to play his final tournament in Roland-Garros, where he won his three Grand Slam titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Kuerten played his first round, and final singles match on Court Philippe Chatrier against eighteenth-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu. Kuerten conceded the victory in straight sets after a little less than two hours on the court. A ceremony followed, where Kuerten was awarded a trophy encasing the multiple layers of the French Open's clay courts. Kuerten played his last match in the men's doubles with Sebastien Grosjean. The pair was defeated after three sets by Florin Mergea & Horia Tecau on the score of 5–7, 6–3, 6–1, ending the very final appeareance of Gustavo Kuerten on the tour.

[edit] Prix Orange, Citron & Bourgeon

As each year since 1981, three trophies are awarded during the tournament to the players of Roland-Garros: the Prix Orange (Orange Prize), awarded by the public to the player with the most sportsmanship, the Prix Citron (Lemon Prize), awarded by both the public and a journalists' association to the player with the strongest nature, and the Prix Bourgeon (Bud Prize), given by the journalists only to the most improved player of the year. In 2008, the Prix Orange was received, for the fourth year in a row, by Roger Federer, who came first of a tally with five choices, followed by Rafael Nadal, Gustavo Kuerten, James Blake and Carlos Moya. The Prix Citron was obtained by Fabrice Santoro, who preceded Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the votes. The Prix Bourgeon was given by the press to Alize Cornet. Gustavo Kuerten, already the recipient of three Prix Orange in 1998, 2002, and 2004, was presented a special ten-year prize for fair-play, in honor of his career and his successes at the French Open.[4]

[edit] Day by day

[edit] Day 1

The Sunday start saw several seeds in the women's field go out, with Nicole Vaidisova losing to compatriot Iveta Benesova, and Virginie Razzano to Klara Zakopalova. Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Alize Cornet, Dominika Cibulkova and Caroline Wozniacki all advanced to the second round.[5][6][7]
In the men's field, all eyes were turned to a clash between Paul-Henri Mathieu and former No. 1, 1997, 2000 and 2001 French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, which saw the Frenchman winning 6–3, 6–4, 6–2, marking the closure of Kuerten's career. Third-seeded Novak Djokovic came back from a one set deficit to Denis Gremelmayr to make it into the second round. James Blake, David Nalbandian and Nicolas Almagro proceeded to the next round in straight sets, while Andy Murray needed almost three hours to beat French wild card Jonathan Eysseric 6–2, 1–6, 4–6, 6–0, 6–2. 1998 French Open winner Carlos Moya fell to qualifier Eduardo Schwank and Janko Tipsarevic lost to Nicolas Lapentti.[5][6][8][9][10]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 1)

[edit] Day 2

In the women's event, Jelena Jankovic, Karin Knapp, Agnes Szavay and Patty Schnyder all advanced, along with Venus Williams, who lost a set against Tzipora Obziler before eventually winning the match 6–3, 4–6, 6–2. Twenty-third seed Alona Bondarenko was upset by Petra Cetkovska in straight sets.[11][12]
On the men's side, favorites Roger Federer, Fernando Gonzalez and Fernando Verdasco all won, as well as Tomas Berdych, who crushed his opponent Robert Smeets 6–1, 6–0, 6–0, and Tommy Robredo, who defeated 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria in four sets. Marcos Baghdatis, who had been injured since Indian Wells lost to Simone Bolelli, and 2007 French Open quarterfinalist Guillermo Canas was also upset in straight sets and three tie-breaks by Wayne Odesnik. The shock of the day came as French No. 1 Richard Gasquet announced his withdrawal a few hours before his match, due to a knee injury. Rain interrupted the play during the afternoon, causing all matches to be stopped and rescheduled to the third day.[11][13][14][15]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 2)

[edit] Day 3

Rain disturbed the play during the whole day, causing a late start, following which Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina qualified for the second round. After a long interruption in the afternoon, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ai Sugiyama and Amelie Mauresmo had just enough time to advance to the next round.[16][17][18]
In the men's singles, Nikolay Davydenko and Stanislas Wawrinka won in straight sets, whereas Juan Monaco was upset by Robin Soderling, and Mario Ancic defeated Andreas Seppi. Another rain delay eventually forced the ongoing matches to be stopped and rescheduled to the fourth day.[16][19]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 3)

[edit] Day 4

Seventy-four matches were programmed to compensate for the rain delays, allowing Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Flavia Pennetta, Katarina Srebotnik, Vera Zvonareva, Anna Chakvetadze, Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko, Victoria Azarenka and Anabel Medina Garrigues to advance, along with World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, who was pushed for two-and-a-half hours, but came back from being led 3–4, 15–40, in the final set by compatriot Evgeniya Rodina, only No. 103 in the rankings, to win the match 6–1, 3–6, 8–6. Ninth seed Marion Bartoli, who led Casey Dellacqua when their match was stopped on day three, eventually lost, while Sybille Bammer fell to Aleksandra Wozniak, and Shahar Peer to Samantha Stosur. Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Patty Schnyder and Serena Williams all proceeded to the third round.[20][21][22]
In the men's event, Radek Stepanek, Lleyton Hewitt, David Ferrer, Jarkko Nieminen, Dmitry Tursunov, Ivan Ljubicic, Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Andreev advanced, as well as defending champion Rafael Nadal, who survived a first set scare to eventually overpower qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7–5, 6–3, 6–1. Meanwhile, 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero retired against Marcos Daniel due to a leg injury, and Alejandro Falla defeated Ivo Karlovic 3–6, 7–6(4), 7–6(6), 5–7, 6–4, after nearly four hours. Novak Djokovic, Nicolas Almagro and Andy Murray were among the first to qualify for the third round, alongside Paul-Henri Mathieu, who rallied from two-sets-to-love to overcome Oscar Hernandez in four hours and eleven minutes on the score of 2–6, 1–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–2, and unseeded Michael Llodra, who upset Tomas Berdych in three hours and five sets 6–3, 4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.[20][23][24][25][26]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 4)

[edit] Day 5

Rain again caused some delays and interruptions during the day, but it did not prevent Venus Williams, Alize Cornet, Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Karin Knapp, Flavia Pennetta, Dominika Cibulkova, Katarina Srebotnik, Dinara Safina, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka, Agnes Szavay, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Svetlana Kuznetsova from qualifying for the next round. In the meantime, Amelie Mauresmo lost to Carla Suarez Navarro, Ai Sugiyama was defeated by Olga Govortsova, Maria Kirilenko was beaten by Jie Zheng, and Anna Chakvetadze became the highest seed to fall on day five, when she was upset by Kaia Kanepi in straight sets.[27][28][29][30]
The men's field suffered several upsets as well, as James Blake lost to Ernests Gulbis, David Nalbandian was defeated by French wild card Jeremy Chardy, who climbed back from being two sets down to beat the Argentinian 3–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–2, in over three hours and Igor Andreev was upset by American Robby Ginepri. World No. 1 Roger Federer came back from losing the first set to dispatch his opponent Albert Montanes 6–7(5), 6–1, 6–0, 6–4, and advance to the third round along with Rafael Nadal, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Gonzalez, Jarkko Nieminen, Dmitry Tursunov, Ivan Ljubicic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko, David Ferrer, Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Robredo.[27][28][31][32][33]

The first matches of the doubles competition were played, with World No. 1 team Liezel Huber & Cara Black, Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, and Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun to be among the first to advance to the second round of the women's doubles.[27][34]
On the men's side, Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski, Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa, Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, and No. 1 duo Bob & Mike Bryan all proceeded to the next round, while defending champion Mark Knowles, who partnered Mahesh Bhupathi this year, was defeated in straight sets by Stephen Huss & Ross Hutchins, and 2005 and 2006 champion Max Mirnyi, who teamed with Jamie Murray, lost in three sets to Rik De Voest & Robin Haase.[27][35]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 5)

[edit] Day 6

On the women's side, Nadia Petrova, Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva all won their second round matches. Ana Ivanovic, victor of Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Alize Cornet, and Patty Schnyder all advanced to the fourth round. They were joined by twenty-seventh seed Katarina Srebotnik, who produced the first big upset of the day by eliminating 2002 French Open champion, fifth seed and favorite Serena Williams 6–4, 6–4, and twenty-sixth seed Flavia Pennetta, who defeated 2002 French Open runner-up, eighth seed and other favorite Venus Williams 7–5, 6–3, marking the first time since Roland-Garros 2004 both Williams sisters lost on the same day.[36][37][38][39][40][41]
In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic and Paul-Henri Mathieu advanced to the fourth round, along with Rafael Nadal, who breezed by Jarkko Nieminen, Nicolas Almagro, who overcame Andy Murray in almost three hours, on the score of 6–3, 6–7(3), 6–3, 7–5, Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7–6(5), 5–7, 7–5, 6–1, and French wild card Jeremy Chardy, who continued his run in the tournament by upsetting Dmitry Tursunov.[36][42][43][44]

In the women's doubles field, favorites Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang, Nathalie Dechy & Elena Likhovtseva, Tatiana Poutchek & Anastasia Rodionova, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs and Katarina Srebotnik & Ai Sugiyama all proceeded to the second round, whereas defending champions Alicia Molik & Mara Santangelo were upset in their first match by unseeded Sara Errani & Bethanie Mattek.[36][34]
Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen, Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie, and Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle were among the teams advancing to the second round on the men's side, as Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes won their second round match. Martin Damm & Pavel Vizner were defeated in straight sets by Lukas Arnold Ker & Juan Ignacio Chela, as Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra, who lost to Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna, while Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski lost their second round encounter to Michal Mertinak & Jean-Claude Scherrer.[36][45]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 6)

[edit] Day 7

Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic qualified for the fourth round alongside Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva, at the expense of Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova and Dominika Cibulkova. WTA No. 1 Maria Sharapova was again pushed in the first set by Karin Knapp, before crushing her opponent in the second, to win 7–6(4), 6–0. World No. 49 Kaia Kanepi, victor of Chakvetadze on day five, pursued her run in the tournament by upsetting Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets 6–1, 6–7(5), 7–5, and Agnes Szavay was defeated by unseeded Petra Kvitova in three sets in the last match of the day.[46][47][48]
In the men's field, twenty-first seed Radek Stepanek dispatched Tommy Robredo in straight sets 6–3, 6–2, 6–1, and Roger Federer advanced past Mario Ancic in little more than an hour-and-a-half, whereas his compatriot and ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who led two-sets-to-love and 3–0 in the third, saw his adversary, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez make a comeback to eventually win the match 5–7, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, in just over three hours. Meanwhile, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer battled through five sets, breaking each other repeatedly, until the Spaniard gained the final advantage, breaking the Australian at 4–4 in the fifth set, which allowed him to win 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. Former Top Ten member Ivan Ljubicic produced the biggest upset of the men's field thus far, coming back from a two sets deficit to defeat World No. 4, 2007 French Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4, and obtain his first fourth round spot in a Grand Slam event since the 2006 French Open.[46][49][50]

In the doubles, Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, and Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual won their first round matches, while Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang, Cara Black & Liezel Huber, Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun, Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, Zi Yan & Jie Zheng advanced to the third round. Nathalie Dechy & Elena Likhovtseva were defeated by unseeded team Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea & Aravane Rezai, second-seeded Katarina Srebotnik & Ai Sugiyama lost to Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva, and Iveta Benesova & Janette Husarova were beaten by Natalie Grandin & Raquel Kops-Jones.[46][51]
World No. 1 doubles duo and 2003 French Open champions Bob & Mike Bryan cruised to the third round of the men's draw, along with Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, and Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle. Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr won one of the last first round encounters. Favorites Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie were upset in straight sets by Serbian pair Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki, Brazilian team Marcelo Melo & Andre Sa lost to Rajeev Ram & Bryan Reynolds, and fifteen-seeded Christopher Kas & Rogier Wassen retired against tall opponents John Isner & Sam Querrey.[46][52]
Finally, in the mixed doubles competition, No. 1 seeds Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic breezed by their opponents to advance to the second round along with Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner and Cara Black & Paul Hanley. Eighth seeds Alicia Molik & Jonas Bjorkman were eliminated by Janette Husarova & Andre Sa, fourth-seeded pair Chia-jung Chuang & Jonathan Erlich lost to Olga Govortsova & Daniel Martin, and seventh seeds Lisa Raymond & Simon Aspelin to Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr. Unseeded defending champions Nathalie Dechy & Andy Ram were upset, in the last mixed doubles match of the day, by Dominika Cibulkova & Gael Monfils.[46]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 7)

[edit] Day 8

WTA No. 2 and 2007 Roland-Garros runner-up Ana Ivanovic left no hopes to opponent Petra Cetkovska as the Serb double-bageled her way into the quarterfinals in less than an hour. Jelena Jankovic faced more difficulties as she had to battle during more than two hours against fourteenth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska to win only 6–3, 7–6(3), and secure a quarterfinal spot, along with Patty Schnyder, who defeated Katarina Srebotnik. Meanwhile, twenty-sixth seed Flavia Pennetta lost in straight sets to nineteen-year-old Spanish qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro, in her first ever Grand Slam appearance.[53][54]
In the men's draw, nineteen-year-old Latvian, unseeded Ernests Gulbis was the first player to qualify for the round of eight, by defeating Michael Llodra in straight sets. He was followed by Novak Djokovic, who defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6–4, 6–3, 6–4, to reach his third consecutive quarterfinal in Roland-Garros, Nicolas Almagro, whose opponent, the French wild card Jeremy Chardy held set points in all three sets, but eventually lost on the score of 7–6(0), 7–6(7), 7–5, and ATP No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who crushed compatriot and twenty-second seed Fernando Verdasco 6–1, 6–0, 6–2, in little less than two hours.[53][55][56]

In the women's doubles, Tatiana Poutchek & Anastasia Rodionova were upset in three sets by Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone in their second round match, while Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, and Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay won theirs. In the third round encounters, sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer defeated Chinese team Shuai Peng & Tiantian Sun after three sets, Cara Black & Liezel Huber beat Mariya Koryttseva & Vladimira Uhlirova, and unseeded pair Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez upset Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur. Unseeded Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva were the fourth team of the day to advance to the quarterfinals.[53]
On the men's side, Bob & Mike Bryan, and Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic qualified without problems for the quarterfinals, alongside Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, whereas ninth seeds Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes were eliminated by South American duo Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna, and Australian Open champions Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram lost to Bruno Soares & Dusan Vemic. Unseeded Belgians Steve Darcis & Olivier Rochus also secured a quarterfinal spot. Meanwhile, thirteenth-seeded Frantisek Cermak & Jordan Kerr were knocked out of the second round by Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov.[53]
In the mixed doubles, Zi Yan & Mark Knowles, and Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan advanced past the first round. Second-seeded Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside unseeded teams Janette Husarova & Andre Sa, Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr, and wild cards Virginie Razzano & Rogier Wassen. Despite their second round win in the morning, Zi Yan & Mark Knowles decided to withdraw from the mixed competition, allowing Liezel Huber & Jamie Murray to secure a quarterfinal spot.[53]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 8)

[edit] Day 9

In the women's draw, Elena Dementieva came back from the loss of the second set to defeat compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 1–6, 6–2, and reach her first quarterfinal spot in a Grand Slam since 2006. Berlin Tier I titlist, and thirteenth seed Dinara Safina saved one match point at 3–5 in the second set and overcame a 2–5 deficit in the second set tie-break, before climbing back to upset World No. 1 Maria Sharapova on the score of 6–7(6), 7–6(5), 6–2, and set up a rematch of the Berlin final against Dementieva.[57][58]
After a difficult first set, Fernando Gonzalez cruised to the quarterfinals beating Robby Ginepri 7–5, 6–3, 6–1, in less than two hours. World No. 1 Roger Federer struggled during almost three hours, but eventually defeated unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau, by breaking in the last game of every set to win the match 6–4, 7–5, 7–5. Twenty-one-year-old, ATP No. 59 Gael Monfils was the only French player out of the five present in the round of sixteen to advance, as he upset his opponent Ivan Ljubicic on the score of 7–6(1), 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, to reach his first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam event. David Ferrer's 4–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3 win over Radek Stepanek allowed him to become the last man qualified for the singles' quarterfinals.[57][59][60]

Unseeded Russian pair Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov advanced, and were shortly followed by the unseeded team, Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki, who upset fifth seeds Simon Aspelin & Julian Knowle in three close sets, to complete the men's doubles' quarterfinals' line-up. Unseeded South American team Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna produced the biggest upset of the men's draw in the first quarterfinal match, by knocking out of the tournament World No. 1 duo Bob & Mike Bryan 6–3, 5–7, 7–6(1). In the second quarterfinal of the day, Bruno Soares & Dusan Vemic upset eight seeds Jonas Bjorkman & Kevin Ullyett, to advance to the semis.[57][61]
On the women's side, Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang proceeded to the quarterfinals, alongside Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual who beat Zi Yan & Jie Zheng, unseeded Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone, who upset third seeds Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs, and Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko, who defeated ninth-seeded Dinara Safina & Agnes Szavay.[57][62]
Mixed doubles sixth seeds Cara Black & Paul Hanley were defeated by Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi in their second round encounter.[57]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 9)

[edit] Day 10

In the women's singles, WTA No. 49, twenty-two-year-old Estonian Kaia Kanepi defeated unseeded Petra Kvitova 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, to advance to the quarterfinals, her best result thus far in a Grand Slam tournament. World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova matched her 2007 Roland-Garros performance by advancing to the quarterfinals, easily defeating sixteenth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–3. The first quarterfinal saw the highest seed remaining, Ana Ivanovic, beat tenth seed Patty Schnyder 6–3, 6–2, to reach her second consecutive semifinal at the French Open. She was joined in the afternoon by another 2007 French Open semifinalist, World No. 3 and Serbian No. 2 Jelena Jankovic, who dispatched nineteen-year-old Spanish qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro 6–3, 6–2, in little more than an hour.[63][64][65]
After three hours of play, ATP No. 3 Novak Djokovic came out the winner of a close three-setter against nineteen-year-old, unseeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis, on the score of 7–5, 7–6(3), 7–5, to reach his fifth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. On the Philippe Chatrier central court, defending champion Rafael Nadal crushed compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6–1, 6–1, 6–1, in less than two hours, to set-up a rematch of the Hamburg Masters' semifinal, and of last year's French Open semifinal, both against Djokovic.[63][66][67]

No. 1 seeds Cara Black & Liezel Huber defeated all-Spanish team Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets, in the first quarterfinal encounter of the women's doubles. On the other side of the draw, Australian Open champions Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko also advanced, beating unseeded pair Ashley Harkleroad & Galina Voskoboeva. Unseeded Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone were the third duo to qualify for the semifinals, upsetting sixth seeds Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer, and were followed by Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, who defeated fourth seeds Yung-jan Chan & Chia-jung Chuang after three close sets and more than three hours of play.[63][68]
Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, the only seeded players remaining in the men's doubles draw, advanced to the semifinals past Belgians Steve Darcis & Olivier Rochus in straight sets, while Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov continued their run in the tournament and completed the semifinal line-up, by defeating Janko Tipsarevic & Victor Troicki.[63][69]
In the first quarterfinal matches of the mixed doubles, unseeded team Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi defeated wild cards Virginie Razzano & Rogier Wassen, and second seeds Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner overcame Janette Husarova & Andre Sa. Meanwhile, first-seeded Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic won their second round match.[63]

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 10)

[edit] Day 11

The third quarter of the women's draw was a rematch of the 2001 French Open girls' singles final, but the unseeded twenty-two-year-old Estonian Kaia Kanepi, victor in 2001, was defeated this time by her opponent Svetlana Kuznetsova, now the WTA No. 4, in little less than an-hour-and-a-half, on the score of 7–5, 6–2, allowing the Russian to reach her fourth Grand Slam semifinal, and her second at the French Open, after an appearance in 2006. Dinara Safina repeated her drama-filled performance of the fourth round as she saved one match point against Elena Dementieva at 3–5 in the second set, before climbing back and crushing her adversary in the final set to claim a 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–0 victory, secure her first Grand Slam semifinal spot, and set an all-Russian clash against Kuznetsova.[70][71]
Fernando Gonzalez made a powerful start at the beginning of his quarterfinal against Roger Federer, winning the first set 6–2 in only twenty-four minutes, before the World No. 1 took back the control of the match and easily won the following sets, to end the encounter on the score of 2–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4, and advance to his sixteenth consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, his fourth in Roland-Garros. In the last quarterfinal of the men's singles, ATP No. 59, twenty-one-year-old Gael Monfils, winner of the Juniors competition at the 2004 French Open, became the first French player to go past the round of eight in Roland-Garros since 2001, as he upset fifth seed David Ferrer 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1, to set a semifinal against Federer, already the third encounter between the two players in 2008.[72][73]

Unseeded team Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone proceeded to their first Grand Slam final by defeating Australian Open champions Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko 6–2, 6–1. In the second semifinal of the women's doubles, World No. 1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber were upset in straight sets 6–4, 7–6(2), by Anabel Medina Garrigues, who advanced to her first Grand Slam final, & Virginia Ruano Pascual, who reached her fifteenth Grand Slam final, and her seventh at the French Open.[74]
In the mixed competition, third seeds Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan were the last players to qualify for the quarterfinals, by beating Vladimira Uhlirova & Mariusz Fyrstenberg, while first seeds Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic defeated unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko & Jordan Kerr to be the third team to advance to the semifinals. Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan played a second match at the end of the day, and proceeded past unseeded Liezel Huber & Jamie Murray to complete the semifinals line-up.

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 11)

[edit] Day 12

On "Ladies Days", Berlin champion, WTA No. 14 Dinara Safina advanced to her first ever Grand Slam final, dominating World No. 4 and 2006 French Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova during nearly an-hour-and-a-half, to eventually claim victory on the score of 6–3, 6–2. Kuznetsova's loss, following Sharapova's fourth round exit, meant that the second semifinal between Australian Open finalist and Indian Wells Tier I titlist Ana Ivanovic and Rome winner Jelena Jankovic was bound to decide who would be the next World No. 1. Jankovic took the first advantage in the match, leading 4–2 when Ivanovic made a comeback and snatched the first set, extending her dominance to the midst of the second, when she saw her adversary win seven games in a row, even the score to one-set-all, and take the early advantage in the final set. Ivanovic broke back once to 3–3 but lost her serve, before breaking again to even the score at 4–4, win her serve, and take Jankovic's to finally win, after over two hours of play, on the score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, advance to her third Grand Slam final, her second consecutive in Roland-Garros, and be assured to become the new World No. 1 on June 9, 2008.[75][76]

The first semifinal of the men's doubles, that opposed unseeded Uruguyan Pablo Cuevas & Peruvian Luis Horna to alternates Brazilian Bruno Soares & Serbian Dusan Vemic, lasted almost three hours and extended to a third set tie-break, until Cuevas & Horna took a final advantage, to score a 6–4, 6–7(6), 7–6(6) victory, and advance to their first Grand Slam final. After losing the first set to unseeded Russian pair Igor Kunitsyn & Dmitry Tursunov, second seeded Daniel Nestor, the defending champion, & new partner Nenad Zimonjic battled to take back the advantage, ultimately winning the match, and reach their first Grand Slam final together on the score of 4–6, 6–4, 6–4.[77]
In the mixed category, Jie Zheng & Mahesh Bhupathi withdrew, consequently offering a final spot to their opponents Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic, who reached their third consecutive French Open final together, having previously won in 2006, and lost in 2007. The second semifinal was played in the afternoon, and saw Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan defeat Czech team Kveta Peschke & Pavel Vizner 4–6, 6–3, 10–8, to advance to their first Grand Slam mixed doubles final together.

(Pictures, Quotes, from Day 12)

[edit] Day 13

The first men's singles semifinal, which opposed World No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal to World No. 3 and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, saw the Spaniard dominating his opponent throughout two-and-a-half sets, until Djokovic made a comeback, breaking Nadal several times to extend the match to a third set tie-break. Nadal won six consecutive points in the tie-break, to finally win the encounter at his fourth match point on the score of 6–4, 6–2, 7–6(3), to advance to his fourth consecutive French Open final. World No. 1 Roger Federer made a strong start in the second semifinal that opposed him to ATP No. 59 Gael Monfils, winning the first set in thirty minutes and breaking early in the second, before Monfils fought back, and broke the Swiss to snatch the second set. Federer cruised again in the third, before the match evened in the fourth, each player saving break points, until Federer took the Frenchman's serve at 6–5, to win on the final score of 6–2, 5–7, 6–3, 7–5, after three hours of play, and advance to his sixteenth Grand Slam final, his third consecutive one in Roland-Garros, a third time against Nadal.[78][79]

Tenth-seeded, all Spanish-team Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual competed with unseeded Australian Casey Dellacqua & Italian Francesca Schiavone for the women's doubles title. Dellacqua & Schiavone commanded the game in the first set, winning 6–2 in nearly forty minutes, before their adversaries broke to 6–5 in the second, and won their serve to come back to one-set-all. Garrigues & Ruano Pascual broke in the first game of the third set, kept their advantage up to 4–3, when Dellacqua & Schiavone broke back to 4–all. Garrigues & Ruano Pascual managed to immediately take their opponents' serve again and keep theirs to win the match 2–6, 7–5, 6–4, after two-hours-and-a-half. In becoming the 2008 French Open women's doubles champions, Anabel Medina Garrigues won her first ever Grand Slam doubles title, & Virginia Ruano Pascual, a fifteen-time Grand Slam doubles finalist, holder of eight titles, won her fifth victory at the French Open.[80]
The final of the mixed doubles took place between first seeds Slovene Katarina Srebotnik & Serbian Nenad Zimonjic, and third seeds Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus & Bob Bryan, from the USA. After easily winning the first set 6–2 in only twenty-two minutes, Azarenka & Bryan saw their adversaries even the competition, as Srebotnik & Zimonjic held their serve to a second set tie-break, in which they even took the early advantage, leading 4–3. Azarenka & Bryan were able to break back, and win four points in a row to eventually claim victory on the score of 6–2, 7–6(5), in little more than an hour. Victoria Azarenka, already the 2007 US Open mixed doubles champion, and the 2007 Australian Open mixed doubles runner-up, & Bob Bryan, finalist of the mixed doubles competition in Wimbledon 2006, and winner at the US Open in 2003, 2004, and 2006, won their first Grand Slam title together, becoming the new Roland-Garros mixed doubles champions.[81]

(Pictures from Day 13)

[edit] Day 14

The women's singles final was played by then WTA No. 2 Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open runner-up, assured to become World No. 1 on June 9, 2008, and thirteenth seed Dinara Safina, the Berlin Tier I titlist, in her first ever Grand Slam final appeareance. Ivanovic made the strongest start in the match, taking Safina's serve in the opening game, and once more at 3–1, to open a 4–1 lead in the first set. Safina started to take back the advantage, as she broke the Serbian twice and won her own serve to come back at 4–4. Ivanovic immediately recovered her break, and eventually kept her serve at 5–4, to close the first set on the score of 6–4. Ivanovic broke the Russian for a 2–1 lead in the second set, and continued to dominate Safina up to the seventh game, where she held double-break balls at 4–2. Af the end of this long game, in which both players repeatedly took and lost the advantage, Safina ultimately kept her serve, but the Russian was unable to attack Ivanovic in the following game, and found herself serving to stay in the match at 3–5. The Serbian pressured Safina, and eventually broke her a final time, to win the match on the score of 6–4, 6–3, after ninety-eight minutes of play. Both players received their trophies from the hands of former World No. 1 and 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 French Open champion Justine Henin in the awards ceremony that followed, which crowned Ivanovic, a first-time Grand Slam winner, as the new Roland-Garros women's singles champion.[82][83]

The men's doubles final featured second seeds Canadian Daniel Nestor, a nine-time Grand Slam doubles finalist, winner of the 2007 French Open with Mark Knowles, & Serbian Nenad Zimonjic, a two-time doubles final runner-up in Wimbledon, and unseeded South American duo, composed of Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, No. 50 in the doubles rankings, & Peruvian Luis Horna, No. 43 in the doubles rankings, on their first ever Grand Slam final appearance separately and together. The unseeded South Americans completely dominated the seasoned champions during the final, breaking them twice in each set, never losing their serve themselves, to crush Nestor & Zimonjic in only fifty-six minutes, on the score of 6–2, 6–3, and win their first doubles title, separately and together. Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna knocked out four seeded teams, Arnaud Clement & Michael Llodra, Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes, World No. 1 pair Bob & Mike Bryan, and ultimately Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic on their way to becoming the first South American team, and specifically the first Uruguayan, for Cuevas, to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era, and the 2008 French Open men's doubles champions.[84]

(Pictures from Day 14)

[edit] Day 15

The men's singles final took place at 3pm on the Philippe Chatrier Central Court, and featured, for the third straight year after 2006 and 2007, the World No. 1 and holder of twelve Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer, and ATP No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the winner in Roland-Garros since 2005. Federer decided to serve after being given the choice, but the Spaniard immediately attacked the Swiss' serve, and broke him, winning his own service game to quickly open a 2–0 lead. Though Federer won his following serve, he was not able in the rest of the set to convert the few break points he had on Nadal's serve, or win his own service games, allowing the Spaniard to close the first set in thirty-two minutes, on the score of 6–1. Despite being broken in the beginning of the second set, Federer started to fight back, as he finally took Nadal's serve, came back to 2–2, and held to 3–3. After a long game on Federer's serve, Nadal finally broke once more, and rapidly finished the set on the score of 6–3, after forty-nine minutes. There was no competition in what would become the final set as Nadal left no chances to Federer, and the Swiss was not able to find a second breath to start a comeback, not winning any game in the twenty-seven minutes set, and suffering a bagel for the first time in a Grand Slam since a 1999 Roland-Garros first round loss to Pat Rafter.[85] Particularly relevant to the outcome of their meeting were Federer's thirty-five unforced errors to Nadal's seven during the brief match which never allowed him to gain a foothold. Rafael Nadal claimed his fourth consecutive French Open crown, on the final score of 6–1, 6–3, 6–0, and in becoming the 2008 French Open champion equalled Bjorn Borg's record of four straight Roland-Garros titles, and extended his win-loss record at the tournament to 28–0.[86][87]

(Pictures from Day 15)

[edit] Seniors

[edit] Men's Singles

Flag of Spain Rafael Nadal def. Flag of Switzerland Roger Federer, 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
*It was Nadal's 4th title of the year and 27th of his career. It was his 4th win at the event, also winning in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

[edit] Women's Singles

Flag of Serbia Ana Ivanovic def. Flag of Russia Dinara Safina, 6–4, 6–3
*It was Ana Ivanovic's 2nd title of the year and 7th overall. It was her 1st Grand Slam title.

[edit] Men's Doubles

Flag of Uruguay Pablo Cuevas / Flag of Peru Luis Horna def. Flag of Canada Daniel Nestor / Flag of Serbia Nenad Zimonjic, 6–2, 6–3

[edit] Women's Doubles

Flag of Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues / Flag of Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual def. Flag of Australia Casey Dellacqua / Flag of Italy Francesca Schiavone, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4

[edit] Mixed Doubles

Flag of Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Flag of the United States Bob Bryan def. Flag of Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Flag of Serbia Nenad Zimonjic, 6–2, 7–6(4)

[edit] Juniors

[edit] Boys' Singles

Flag of Chinese Taipei Tsung-hua Yang def. Flag of Poland Jerzy Janowicz, 6–3, 7–6(5)

[edit] Girls' Singles

Flag of Romania Simona Halep def. Flag of Romania Elena Bogdan, 6–4, 6–7(3), 6–2

[edit] Boys' Doubles

Flag of Finland Henri Kontinen / Flag of Indonesia Christopher Rungkat def. Flag of Germany Jaan-Frederik Brunken / Flag of Australia Matt Reid, 6–0, 6–3

[edit] Girls' Doubles

Flag of Slovenia Polona Hercog / Flag of Australia Jessica Moore def. Flag of the Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove / Flag of the Netherlands Arantxa Rus, 5–7, 6–1, 10–7

[edit] Wheelchair

[edit] Wheelchair Men's Singles

Flag of Japan Shingo Kunieda def. Flag of the Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan, 6–0, 7–6(5)

[edit] Wheelchair Women's Singles

Flag of the Netherlands Esther Vergeer def. Flag of the Netherlands Korie Homan, 6–2, 6–2

[edit] Wheelchair Men's Doubles

Flag of Japan Shingo Kunieda / Flag of the Netherlands Maikel Scheffers def. Flag of the Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Flag of the Netherlands Ronald Vink, 6–2, 7–5

[edit] Wheelchair Women's Doubles

Flag of the Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Flag of the Netherlands Esther Vergeer def. Flag of the Netherlands Korie Homan / Flag of the Netherlands Sharon Walraven, 6–4, 6–4

[edit] Seeds

Withdrawals: Andy Roddick[88], Tatiana Golovin[88], Sania Mirza[89], Lindsay Davenport[89], Daniela Hantuchova[90] , Jo-Wilfried Tsonga[91], Richard Gasquet[92].

[edit] Men's Singles

  1. Flag of Switzerland Roger Federer (Final, lost to Rafael Nadal)
  2. Flag of Spain Rafael Nadal (Champion)
  3. Flag of Serbia Novak Djokovic (Semifinals, lost to Rafael Nadal)
  4. Flag of Russia Nikolay Davydenko (Third Round, lost to Ivan Ljubicic)
  5. Flag of Spain David Ferrer (Quarterfinals, lost to Gael Monfils)
  6. Flag of Argentina David Nalbandian (Second Round, lost to Jeremy Chardy)
  7. Flag of the United States James Blake (Second Round, lost to Ernests Gulbis)
  8. Flag of France Richard Gasquet (withdrew due to a knee injury)
  9. Flag of Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka (Third Round, lost to Fernando Gonzalez)
  10. Flag of the United Kingdom Andy Murray (Third Round, lost to Nicolas Almagro)
  11. Flag of the Czech Republic Tomas Berdych (Second Round, lost to Michael Llodra)
  12. Flag of Spain Tommy Robredo (Third Round, lost to Radek Stepanek)
  13. Flag of Argentina Juan Monaco (First Round, lost to Robin Soderling)
  14. Flag of France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (withdrew due to a knee injury)
  15. Flag of Russia Mikhail Youzhny (Third Round, lost to Fernando Verdasco)
  16. Flag of Spain Carlos Moya (First Round, lost to Eduardo Schwank)
  17. Flag of Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis (First Round, lost to Simone Bolelli)
  18. Flag of France Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fourth Round, lost to Novak Djokovic)
  19. Flag of Spain Nicolas Almagro (Quarterfinals, lost to Rafael Nadal)
  20. Flag of Croatia Ivo Karlovic (First Round, lost to Alejandro Falla)
  21. Flag of the Czech Republic Radek Stepanek (Fourth Round, lost to David Ferrer)
  22. Flag of Spain Fernando Verdasco (Fourth Round, lost to Rafael Nadal)
  23. Flag of Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero (First Round, retired against Marcos Daniel)
  24. Flag of Chile Fernando Gonzalez (Quarterfinals, lost to Roger Federer)
  25. Flag of Australia Lleyton Hewitt (Third Round, lost to David Ferrer)
  26. Flag of Finland Jarkko Nieminen (Third Round, lost to Rafael Nadal)
  27. Flag of Russia Igor Andreev (Second Round, lost to Robby Ginepri)
  28. Flag of Croatia Ivan Ljubicic (Fourth Round, lost to Gael Monfils)
  29. Flag of Argentina Guillermo Canas (First Round, lost to Wayne Odesnik)
  30. Flag of Russia Dmitry Tursunov (Third Round, lost to Jeremy Chardy)
  31. Flag of Italy Andreas Seppi (First Round, lost to Mario Ancic)
  32. Flag of Serbia Janko Tipsarevic (First Round, lost to Nicolas Lapentti)

[edit] Women's Singles

  1. Flag of Russia Maria Sharapova (Fourth Round, lost to Dinara Safina)
  2. Flag of Serbia Ana Ivanovic (Champion)
  3. Flag of Serbia Jelena Jankovic (Semifinals, lost to Ana Ivanović)
  4. Flag of Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (Semifinals, lost to Dinara Safina)
  5. Flag of the United States Serena Williams (Third Round, lost to Katarina Srebotnik)
  6. Flag of Russia Anna Chakvetadze (Second Round, lost to Kaia Kanepi)
  7. Flag of Russia Elena Dementieva (Quarterfinals, lost to Dinara Safina)
  8. Flag of the United States Venus Williams (Third Round, lost to Flavia Pennetta)
  9. Flag of France Marion Bartoli (First Round, lost to Casey Dellacqua)
  10. Flag of Switzerland Patty Schnyder (Quarterfinals, lost to Ana Ivanović)
  11. Flag of Russia Vera Zvonareva (Fourth Round, lost to Elena Dementieva)
  12. Flag of Hungary Agnes Szavay (Third Round, lost to Petra Kvitova)
  13. Flag of Russia Dinara Safina (Final, lost to Ana Ivanović)
  14. Flag of Poland Agnieszka Radwanska (Fourth Round, lost to Jelena Jankovic)
  15. Flag of the Czech Republic Nicole Vaidisova (First Round, lost to Iveta Benesova)
  16. Flag of Belarus Victoria Azarenka (Fourth Round, lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova)
  17. Flag of Israel Shahar Peer (First Round, lost to Samantha Stosur)
  18. Flag of Italy Francesca Schiavone (Third Round, lost to Victoria Azarenka)
  19. Flag of France Alize Cornet (Third Round, lost to Agnieszka Radwanska)
  20. Flag of Austria Sybille Bammer (First Round, lost to Aleksandra Wozniak)
  21. Flag of Russia Maria Kirilenko (Second Round, lost to Jie Zheng)
  22. Flag of France Amelie Mauresmo (Second Round, lost to Carla Suarez Navarro)
  23. Flag of Ukraine Alona Bondarenko (First Round, lost to Petra Cetkovska)
  24. Flag of France Virginie Razzano (First Round, lost to Klara Zakopalova)
  25. Flag of Russia Nadia Petrova (Third Round, lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova)
  26. Flag of Italy Flavia Pennetta (Fourth Round, lost to Carla Suarez Navarro)
  27. Flag of Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik (Fourth Round, lost to Patty Schnyder)
  28. Flag of Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova (Third Round, lost to Jelena Jankovic)
  29. Flag of Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues (Third Round, lost to Kaia Kanepi)
  30. Flag of Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (Third Round, lost to Ana Ivanović)
  31. Flag of Japan Ai Sugiyama (Second Round, lost to Olga Govortsova)
  32. Flag of Italy Karin Knapp (Third Round, lost to Maria Sharapova)

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Preceded by
2007 French Open
French Open Succeeded by
2009 French Open
Preceded by
2008 Australian Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2008 Wimbledon