Sunday, June 9, 2013

The King of Clay and the Queen of Paris: 2013 Roland Garros (French Open)

Roland Garros: Paris - Rafael Nadal (No. 3, Spain) defeated David Ferrer (No. 4, Spain), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, in an all-Spanish final at the 2013 Roland Garros (French Open).

It was Nadal's record-breaking 8th championship on the red clay at Roland Garros, making him the undisputed "King of Clay." It was also the first time any player won a single Grand Slam event 8 times. 

Nadal now enjoys 12 Grand Slam singles titles, behind only Roy Emerson, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. "It's one of the most special ones," remarked an emotional Nadal, capping a remarkable 8 month comeback from a knee injury.

In the women's championship, Serena Williams (No.1, USA) prevailed over Maria Sharapova (No. 2, Russia) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The win was her 2nd Roland Garros crown, and 16th Grand Slam title. And it showcased a brilliant display of power tennis and blistering serves.

In the men's doubles final, Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-ranked Americans from Stanford, CA defeated local favorites Michael Llodra and Nicholas Mahut of France in the men's double championship, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4). 

It was the Bryan Brothers' second Roland Garros (French Open) crown, and their record 14th Grand Slam doubles title.

Congratulations to all the players, fans and supporters of the 2013 Roland Garros (French Open).

See you next year!