A look back at ’09 French Open – part 1

From Nadal‘s shocking defeat against Soderling to Safina‘s collapse in final, FO 09 was full of surprises and upsets. Here’s a quick recap of last year’s Roland Garros in 9 photos.

Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal - French Open 2009

“Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories.”

Roger Federer:

Roger Federer - French Open 2009

Roger Federer became only the sixth man to achieve the career Grand Slam and equalled Pete Sampras’ record of 14 majors by defeating Robin Soderling in straight sets in final.

Robin Soderling:

Robin Soderling - French Open 2009

Robin Soderling caused one of the biggest upset in Roland Garros’ history, defeating Rafael Nadal in 4 sets, he then made his way through the final with wins over Davydenko and Gonzalez.

First Grand Slam semi-final for Juan Martin Del Potro who lead two sets to one, before falling in 5 sets. Prior to this encounter, Del Potro had never taken a set off Federer in their 5 previous career meetings. The young Argentinian flew under the radar for much of the tournament, but he proved once again he will be a serious contender for the years to come.

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