French Open Tennis 2013 Results 

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The second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the 2013 season was played on the clay courts of the Stade de Roland Garros in Paris, France from 26 May to 9 June. Although the official name of the event is the “Tournoi de Roland-Garros” or “Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros,” internationally it is best known as French Open. This marked the 112th edition of the competition, which dates back to 1881.

The 64-player brackets for the Men’s and Women’s Singles knockout competition featured both of the 2012 defending champions—Rafael Nadal of Spain seeded #3 and Maria Sharapova of Russia seeded #2, respectively. The #1 seed was Novak Djokovic of Serbia on the men’s side, coming off his 2013 Australian Open victory, and on the women’s it was 2002 Roland Garros Champion Serena Williams of the United States.

Also highly ranked were the recent 2013 Australian Open Women’s Champ, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus seeded #3, and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at #4. Among the men, the 2009 Roland Garros winner, Roger Federer of Switzerland, was seeded #2, while Spain’s David Ferrer received the #4 spot. Absent from competition were Great Britain’s number two in the world, Andy Murray, with a back injury, as well as virus victim Juan Martín del Potro, the Argentinean rated number seven in the ATP rankings.

The first day of play went almost exactly according to plan, with women’s #11 Nadia Petrova of Russia and #30 Venus Williams of America the only notable casualties. The first major upset among top seeds came on Day Two, when men’s #5 Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic fell to wild card entry Gaël Monfils of France. Nadal got off to a slow start, dropping his first set to qualifier Daniel Brands of Germany (4-6) before finding his form and winning out in straight sets. Meanwhile, Sharapova, Djokovic and Serena Williams were perfect in their opening round.

Round Two saw the departure of the 2013 Australian Open Women’s runner-up, China’s #6 seed Na Li. She was defeated by unheralded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who would go all the way to Round Four before losing to #12 Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Denmark’s #10 Caroline Wozniacki also fell to an unseeded player, Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski, who would bow out in her next match. On the men’s side, no big surprises occurred.

The weather delays that plagued Round Two were all but forgotten as the men’s third round got underway on Day Six. Croatia’s #10 Marin Čilić lost to Viktor Troicki, a qualifier from Serbia, and then Serbia’s #8 Janko Tipsarević was sent packing by Russia`s #29 Mikhail Youzhny. Among the women, #7 seed Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic was upset by unseeded American Jamie Hampton, while Serbia’s #18 Jelena Janković ousted Australia’s #9 Samantha Stosur.

The struggle to be among the 16 survivors in each bracket began on Day Eight with more upsets. Germany’s #8 Angelique Kerber bowed to Russian qualifier Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, and Spaniard Nicolás Almagro, seeded #11, won his first two sets before skidding out of control and losing the next three to compatriot Tommy Robredo, seeded #32. Round Four ended on Day Nine with one of the most exciting matched played to date, as Switzerland’s #9 Stanislas Wawrinka battled back from a two-set deficit to win the fifth set 8-6 against France’s #7 Richard Gasquet.

The top four Men’s and Women’s Singles seeds had all advanced to the Quarterfinals, but that’s when the shockers began. First, Italian #5 seed Sara Errani took out women’s #4 Radwanska in straight sets, and then France’s #6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did the same to #2 Federer on the men’s side. In the Semifinals, the upsets continued for the men, with #3 Nadal dispatching #1 Djokovic in a long, hard five sets (6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3), 9–7) to set up an all-Spanish final against #4 Ferrer, who had won out over Tsonga in an easy three sets.

Women’s Singles saw #1 Williams beat #5 Errani and #2 Sharapova defeated #3 Azarenka to set up the much anticipated showdown of America versus Russia. In the end, the USA prevailed (6-4, 6-4). On the final day, the dueling Spaniards gave it their best, but experience proved to be the deciding factor as Nadal captured his 8th clay court title since 2005 and fourth in a row (6-3, 6-2, 6-3).

Other major events at the 2013 French Open included the Men’s Doubles won by top-seeded twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States and the Women’s Doubles claimed by unseeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

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