We're trying something new here at In The Tramlines, a full recap of the French Open. Let's get right to it.
What you need to know:
Rafael Nadal won his 8th French Open title
Serena Williams won her second French Open title, her first since 2002.
David Ferrer made his first major final, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the process.
Maria Sharapova continued her great run on clay, making the final and losing in a competitive match to Serena in the final
Bob and Mike Bryan won the Men's Doubles title, their first since 2003
What you don't need to know but we think is interesting:
Protestors interrupted the men's final, setting off flares and one individual even made his way to the court. See it here: http://tennis.si.com/2013/06/09/video-protestor-flare-french-open-nadal-ferrer-final/?sct=tn_t2_a6
Federer lost to Tsonga in the quarterfinals in a routine three-setter, but he continued his run of 36 straight major quarterfinals
Tommy Haas and Tommy Robredo, both over 30, made the quarterfinals with some beautiful backhands
Of the 8 men quarterfinalists, 4 had one-handed backhands. Zero advanced to the semifinals
In a major semifinal, one player won in 46 minutes 6-0, 6-1. Guess who it was?
Men's Match of the Tournament
Men's Semifinal: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7
It was by far the match of the tournament. Nadal came out very strong, holding Djokovic at bay. Djokovic surged back to take the second set. Nadal won the third convincingly, and it seemed that Djokovic was destined to lose again to Nadal at the French Open. Djokovic dug deep and won a great tiebreaker to send it to the 5th set. Riding the wave of the tiebreaker, Djokovic broke Nadal in the first game of the 5th set. He held it until 4-3, where after a long struggle he got broken, and from there Nadal raised his game. This went on for awhile, and at 7-8 Djokovic got distracted by a dispute over watering the court. He seemed to lose focus very quickly, and was broken at love to lose the match. It was a fantastic match, and it served as the de facto final.
Women's Match of the Tournament
Women's Semifinal: Maria Sharapova def. Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
It was a back and forth affair, with both women bringing their best games at certain points in the match. Sharapova started out great, crushing Azarenka in the first set. In the second set Azarenka turned the tables, winning 6-2. The third set made the match. It was a tense affair with both women giving it their best effort. Azarenka just couldn't get the lead against Sharapova, and Maria finished it off with an ace to reach the final.
Tommy Haas def. John Isner 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8
This was an absolute epic. Isner went down two sets, but like he did against Ryan Harrison the previous round, he fought back. In the fourth set tiebreak, Haas blew ten match points, and Isner pulled out the tiebreaker. The fifth set was another classic Isner fifth set in a major, with Haas eventually pulling out the dramatic win.
Stan Wawrinka def. Richard Gasquet 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6
This was the French Open of two sets to love comebacks, and this one was one of the most dramatic. Gasquet, in front of a highly partisan Parisian crowd, took a two set to love lead. He took his foot off the gas pedal just a bit, and he allowed Wawrinka to get back into the match. Wawrinka took advantage, and raised his game enough to win the next two sets. The fifth, again, was a classic, and Gasquet got tight at the wrong time, allowing Wawrinka to take the match.
In a word, awful. We'll have a post up about this tomorrow
Great production, Robinson, McEnroe, and Carillo are tolerable, which is better than most
They have some great talent, and some really questionable ones as well. Production top notch, but their coverage of the French Open is never as exhaustive as Wimbledon, the US Open, and Australian Open, for good reason
Tennis Channel: C-
Production is terrible, commentators not named Robinson and McEnroe are a bit annoying to listen to. It feels second rate.
Wimbledon is two weeks away, and we're all very excited about it.