French Open Men’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

By Jack Cunniff

Profiles of the top men’s contenders for the 2011 French Open. Follow Jack Cunniff on twitter at @jrcunniff.

Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.

 

1. Rafael Nadal  (ESP)
2011 Record: 36-6 Grand Slam Record: 124-18
French Open Record: 38-1 French Open Best Result: Won (2005-08, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros includes an 8-0 record vs. Top Ten ranked opponents, only seven sets lost in 38 victories;  he’s never been extended to five sets .

 

2. Novak Djokovic  (SRB)
2011 Record: 37-0 Grand Slam Record: 92-23
French Open Record: 21-6 French Open Best Result: SF (2007-08)
Fast Fact: Djokovic has a only beaten a top ten player once at the French Open (Fernando Gonzalez, 2006).

 

3. Roger Federer  (SUI)
2011 Record: 28-7 Grand Slam Record: 213-31
French Open Record: 43-11 French Open Best Result: Won (2009)
Fast Fact: Eight of Federer’s losses at the French Open have been to players that are former champions or former finalists (Soderling, Nadal, Kuerten, and Corretja).

 

4. Andy Murray  (GBR)
2011 Record: 13-7 Grand Slam Record: 63-21
French Open Record: 9-4 French Open Best Result: QF (2009)
Fast Fact: Murray’s four match losing streak earlier this year was his longest of his pro career.

 

5. Robin Soderling  (SWE)
2010 Record: 28-7 Grand Slam Record: 45-29
French Open Record: 15-7 French Open Best Result: Finalist (2009, ’10)
Fast Fact: Over the last two years, Soderling has defeated seven Top Twenty players at the French Open.

 

6. Thomas Berdych  (CZE)
2011 Record: 26-11 Grand Slam Record: 60-30
French Open Record: 10-7 French Open Best Result: SF (2010)
Fast Fact: Despite ranking in the Top Ten for over a year, Berdych’s last title came over two years ago (Munich, 2009).

 

7. David Ferrer  (ESP)
2011 Record: 28-8 Grand Slam Record: 65-33
French Open Record: 18-8 French Open Best Result: QF (2005, ‘08)
Fast Fact: Ferrer has won 22 straight opening rounds at Grand Slam events; 2005 Wimbledon was the last 1R match he lost at a Slam.

 

8. Jurgen Melzer  (AUT)
2011 Record: 12-10 Grand Slam Record: 45-35
French Open Record: 13-8 French Open Best Result: SF (2010)
Fast Fact: Melzer is the only player with wins over the Top 3 players (Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer) within the last 12 months.
9. Gael Monfils (FRA)
2011 Record: 9-4 Grand Slam Record: 42-21
French Open Record: 15-6 French Open Best Result: SF (2008)
Fast Fact: Monfils is the only Frenchman who has reached the SF of the French Open since 2001 (Grosjean).

 

10. Mardy Fish  (USA)
2011 Record: 16-10 Grand Slam Record: 35-32
French Open Record: 2-5 French Open Best Result: 2R (2008, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Fish’s wins over Giraldo and Ljubicic in Rome were his first ever back-to-back clay court wins in Grand Slam and Masters Series play.

 

11. Nicolas Almagro  (ESP)
2011 Record: 31-9 Grand Slam Record: 33-26
French Open Record: 13-7 French Open Best Result: QF (2008, ‘10)
Fast Fact: Almagro has been in 13 ATP finals in his career, winning ten, and all have been on clay.

 

12. Mikhail Youzhny  (RUS)
2011 Record: 9-11 Grand Slam Record: 70-39
French Open Record: 15-10 French Open Best Result: QF (2010)
Fast Fact: Youzhny has never deafeated a player ranked No. 1

 

13. Richard Gasquet (FRA)
2011 Record: 20-11 Grand Slam Record: 35-26
French Open Record: 4-7 French Open Best Result: 3R (2005)
Fast Fact: Gasquet’s last win at Roland Garros was in 2007 (1R, d. Mahut).

 

14.  Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
2011 Record: 19-8 Grand Slam Record: 44-24
French Open Record: 10-6 French Open Best Result: 4R (2010)
Fast Fact: Wawrinka failed to reach the QF in his first 22 Grand Slam events, but has now reached back-to-back QF (2010 US, 2011 Australian).

 

15. Victor Troicki (SRB)
2011 Record: 22-12 Grand Slam Record: 14-13
French Open Record: 3-3 French Open Best Result: 3R (2010)
Fast Fact: Troicki is the only Top Twenty ATP player to never reach the QF of a Grand Slam event; he’s never made it past the 3R.

 

16. Fernando Verdasco  (ESP)
2011 Record: 13-11 Grand Slam Record: 62-31
French Open Record: 14-7 French Open Best Result: 4R (2007-10)
Fast Fact: Verdasco hasn’t beat a top ten opponent in over a year (d. Djokovic, Rome, April 2010).

 

17. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  (FRA)
2011 Record: 15-10 Grand Slam Record: 39-14
French Open Record: 6-3 French Open Best Result: 4R (2009-10)
Fast Fact: All but two of Tsonga’s Grand Slam losses have been to Top Twenty players (Karlovic, 2009 Wimbledon; Dolgopolov, 2011 Australian)
 

18. Gilles Simon (FRA)

2011 Record: 20-13 Grand Slam Record: 27-20
French Open Record: 3-5 French Open Best Result: 3R (2009)
Fast Fact: Of the Top Twenty players, Simon has the best winning percentage in finals (80%, 8 of ten finals won).

 

19. Marin Cilic  (CRO)
2011 Record: 21-11 Grand Slam Record: 33-1
French Open Record: 7-4 French Open Best Result: 4R (2009-10)
Fast Fact: Cilic has only one win vs. Top 50 players at Roland Garros (Stepanek, 2009).

 

26. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
2011 Record: 27-6 Grand Slam Record: 32-15
French Open Record: 6-4 French Open Best Result: SF (2009)
Fast Fact: Del Potro is 24-0 in 2011 when winning the first set.