What a strange Roland Garros this year, with very few intense battles, insipid semifinals but a flamboyant first time winner.

The Good:

– Francesca Schiavone:

Francesca Schiavone

– Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

– Robin Soderling: Ex-bad boy Robin Soderling finished runner-up for the second year in a row. He once again impressed the tennis world with his amazing win over defending champion Roger Federer. But unfortunately for him, he didn’t really get into the final against Rafa: “I didn’t play as good as I did last year. I didn’t serve so well. I wasn’t hitting the ball as clean. You know, I had some chances in the beginning, but I didn’t take them. And then he won the first and then played really well in the second, so then, you know, that’s about… “

– Jurgen Melzer: The big surprise in the men’s draw. More famous for his girlfriends (Myskina, Cibulkova…) than for his game, Melzer reached the semifinals of a major for the first time of his career after his surprising wins over David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic.

The Bad:

– French players: What a disaster! The best frenchman was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who was forced to retire in the 4th round against Mikhail Youzhny. Monfils was beaten by Fognini, Gasquet by Murray. There was not a single in the second week. A disaster.

– Svetlana Kuznetsova: Just 3 words: waste of talent.

– Dinara Safina: The worst performance of this French Open is without a doubt the loss of former number one Dinara Safina to Kimiko Date. Safina lead by one set and 2 breaks, and then 4-1 in the third set, but she self imploded and offered the match to the japanese veteran. It was Date’s first Grand Slam victory since the 1996 US Open.

The King:

Rafael Nadal

L'Equipe - Rafael Nadal

A really emotional victory for Rafa who dominated Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-4. Nadal captured his fifth Roland Garros crown, his 7th Grand Slam title.

He remains undefeated on clay this year, and he also reclaimed the number one ranking, denying his biggest rival Roger Federer the all time record for weeks at No. 1

Rafa’s Grand Slam titles:
You can click on the column to sort by year, championship, surface…

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
2005 French Open Clay Mariano Puerta 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006 French Open (2) Clay Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4)
2007 French Open (3) Clay Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008 French Open (4) Clay Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2008 Wimbledon Grass Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7
2009 Australian Open Hard Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2
2010 French Open Clay Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Nike 2010 Roland Garros Pack – Rafael Nadal

Nike 2010 Roland Garros Pack – Rafael Nadal

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Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal will meet tomorrow for a rematch of last year’s fourth round. It will be the second straight French Open final for the Swede who was defeated by Roger Federer in 2009. As for Rafa, he’ll try to capture his fifth Roland Garros crown.

Soderling’s path to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Laurent Recouderc 6–0, 6–2, 6-3
R2 Taylor Dent 6–0, 6–1, 6–1
R3 Albert Montanes 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
R4 Marin Cilic 6–4, 6-4, 6–2
QF Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
SF Tomas Berdych 6–3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Nadal’s path to the final:

Round Opponent Score
R1 Gianni Mina 6–2, 6–2, 6-2
R2 Horacio Zeballos 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
R3 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
R4 Thomaz Bellucci 6–2, 7-5, 6–4
QF Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 7-6(3), 6-4
SF Jurgen Melzer 6–2, 6-3, 7-6(6)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new watch Rafa wears. Why so much talk for a watch? Well, perhaps because of its price: 525 000$!

This watch, created by super high-end watch maker Richard Mille is called the RM 027 Tourbillon. It will be produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces with an ultra light strap in polycarbonate and is expected to be priced upwards of $500,000.

Rafael Nadal's watch

Rafael Nadal's watch

Well, am I the only one who can’t read what time it is?