2014 French Open Preview

The 2014 Grand Slam circuit continues with Roland Garros. Here are the key men’s storylines to watch for:

2014 ROLAND GARROS This is the 47th tournament in the Open Era (since 1968) and 81st at Roland Garros since 1925 (tournament was not held from 1940-45 during World War). In 1925, the draw was opened to players outside of France. The French Championships started in 1891 and this is the 112th overall staging of the tournament. There are two former champions in this year’s field – eight-time champ Rafael Nadal (2005-08, ’10-13) and 2009 winner Roger Federer. Nadal comes in as the No. 1 seed for the third time at Roland Garros (2009-4R, 2011-Winner) and ninth time overall in a Grand Slam tournament. He won titles as top seed at the Australian Open in ’09 and US Open in ’10.

NADAL LOOKS FOR NINTH TITLE World No. 1 Nadal attempts to win his ninth Roland Garros title in 10 years as he comes in with a 59-1 career record. Nadal’s only loss came on May 31, 2009 to Robin Soderling in the 4R. He is trying to become the first player to win five consecutive titles at Roland Garros. He’s won four in a row from 2005-08 and ’10-13. Bjorn Borg also won four consecutive titles from 1978-81. Nadal comes into Roland Garros with three clay-court losses on the season for the first time in the past 10 years. The last time he lost three matches (14-3) on clay in a season came in 2004. In his previous eight Roland Garros titles, only twice Nadal lost in a tournament coming into Paris: ’11 Rome final (l. to Djokovic), ’07 Hamburg final (l. to Federer).

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