2017 French Open Update: Perfect 10 For Nadal?
Breaking his own records?
It’s a familiar position for Rafael Nadal in the 2017 French Open: the championship match.
The Spaniard has won this clay court event nine times previously, which is already a tournament record. He can become the first person to ever win the singles championship ten times if he beats Stan Wawrinka. In fact, he would become the first man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament ten times.
That’s some rare air, considering nobody else occupies it among his gender. Of course he can do it; if the most successful men’s singles player at the French Open and one of the best clay court players ever can’t win it, who can?
Well, technically, Stan Wawrinka can.
2017 French Open: Men’s Singles Bracket
A big story was the (relatively) early exit of Novak Djokovic, last year’s winner. Dominic Thiem sent him out, and then Nadal dismissed Thiem. While the Austrian is an up-and-coming player, it did rob us of a chance to see Djokovic and Nadal in a battle of the titans.
There was one in the other semifinal between Wawrinka and Andy Murray. That was quite the battle, in which Wawrinka needed all five sets to advance.
Nadal is 15-3 all-time against Wawrinka, and 1-0 at the French Open. Rafa is also 5-1 on clay against Stan overall against the Swiss national.
2017 French Open: Women’s Singles
Meanwhile, on the ladies’ side, defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza went down in the round of 16. It was a three-set loss to Kristina Mladenovic.
Yet, despite Mladenovic’s heroics, it was Simona Halep who went to the brink and plays for a title. Halep was in a second-set tiebreak against Elina Svitolina, facing a straight-set defeat. She came back to win the tiebreaker and the third set, en route to a win over Karolina Pliskova.
In the championship, Halep faces unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Ostapenko’s #47 world singles ranking is going to get quite a bit better after this. This will be the first time the two have met in a professional match.