The French Open is the second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and is just a few weeks away. Bookmakers cannot see anyone other than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic lifting aloft the Coupe des Mousquetaires (pictured above) at Roland Garros this year.

At the conclusion of April, Nadal and Djokovic sported identical men’s singles records for the year of 26 wins and two losses. Nadal’s defeats were against the Serb and Horacio Zeballos, whilst Juan Martin Del Potro and Tommy Haas inflicted Djokovic’s losses. Little wonder then that bookmakers are almost inviting French Open punters to nominate their own odds about any other male player.

Any discussion of the 2013 French Open men’s singles has to begin with Nadal since the Spaniard has won the title seven times and his career Roland Garros record is 52 wins and one losses. Robin Soderling is the only man to have beaten Nadal at Roland Garros, the Swede beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in the fourth round in 2009. Soderling went on to reach the final, which he lost to the great Roger Federer.

But quite how Nadal is the 2013 French Open men’s singles favourite ahead of Djokovic is bewildering, particularly given the result of the recent Monte Carlo Masters match between the superstars. Djokovic beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), the Serb converting five of his 12 break points and murdering the Spaniard whenever he received his second service winning 69% of points when Nadal played a second serve with Rafa only able to win 7 points for the match when he missed his first serve.

It is not only the bare scoreline but also the manner of Nadal’s loss to Djokovic that should dissuade anyone from backing the Spaniard to win his eighth French Open men’s singles crown at odds of around evens. Nadal was exhausted by the end of the 112-minute clash, which does not bode well for his chances of winning a Grand Slam event requiring 7 straight victories in the long best-of-five-set match format.

Djovokic is trading at odds of around 8-5 to win his first French Open men’s singles title and become the eighth player to win all four men’s Grand Slam singles titles. Fred Perry (1935) was the first, followed by Don Budge (1938), Rod Laver (1962), Roy Emerson (1964), Andrew Agassi (1999), Federer (2009) and Nadal (2010) – that is one extremely illustrious list.

There are no question marks regarding Djokovic’s fitness – most tennis analysts would say that he is the fittest man on the ATP Tour – and his Monte Carlo Masters defeat of Nadal was comprehensive. Also, Djokovic has won three of his last six clay-court clashes with Nadal and had his chances to win last year’s French Open men’s singles decider.

With there being a decent chance that Nadal and Djokovic will end up in the same half of the 2013 French Open men’s singles draw, now is a good time to have a speculative bet on one of the outsiders with a view to trading it as the tournament progresses. Clay is David Ferrer’s preferred surface so he appeals at generally available odds of 33-1.

Serena Williams is the 2013 French Open women’s singles favourite as the World No.1, 15-time Grand Slam singles champion and currently sporting a 25-2 win-loss record this year. If the American brings her best game to Paris, she will take a lot of beating.

But Williams does not love playing on clay and her Roland Garros record – one title all the way back in 2002 since her first appearance in 1998 – is terrible in comparison to her record at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

It has been 11 years since Williams lifted aloft the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen and since then has progressed to the semi finals on just one occasion – in 2003. Consequently, 2013 French Open women’s singles punters should be looking to oppose the favourite. Neither Victoria Azarenka nor Maria Sharapova appeal at their respective odds of around 9-2 and 5-1 respectively based on Azarenka never reaching the semi finals and Sharapova’s one final in her 10 years of bids for the women’s singles title.

If one has an account with a betting exchange, one could simply lay Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova. However, if one is looking to back one or more 2013 French Open women’s singles competitors, Li Na is interesting at odds of around 10-1 having won the 2011 edition and taken part in the 2013 Australian Open final four months ago. Added to this, if you bet on your mobile you can claim a first time bonus bet, (applies to all customers not just new accounts) and enhance the EV of the bet. In other words, you are betting on a profitable bet with free money.

Other 2013 French Open women’s singles outsiders to consider include the Italians – Sara Errani at odds of around 28-1 and Francesca Schiavone at odds of around 150-1. They love clay and could trade at much, much lower prices in play.

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The 2013 Roland Garros main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 26 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The official Roland Garros main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 24 May at 11:30am. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens. To watch Roland Garros tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the local time in Paris to get the equivalent Singapore time.

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 15 April 2013.

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Roland Garros after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 20 May 2013. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 5-set matches in a row. Full details about who the seeds will be and what number each player is seeded BEFORE it is even officially announced will be covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Seeds.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 20 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The wildcards are selected by the French Tennis Federation, who usually select six French players. The final two wildcards go to an American and an Australian due to a reciprocal wildcard arrangement between the US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros.

Full details about the latest announcements and who each wildcard recipient is, will be covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Wildcards.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 21 May and run through to Friday 24 May.

Full details about how the qualifying draw works, who the seeds and wildcards are, what prize money and ranking points qualifying players earn is covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying.

The full list of the men’s qualifying singles draw will be added here-> Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round as it happens.

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The 2013 Roland Garros tennis championships are the second of only four Grand Slam tournaments held each year. Roland Garros is also known as “The French Open” and has been held at it’s current location since 1928 and is the only Grand Slam played on clay courts. Roland Garros is run by the French Tennis Federation (FFT i.e. Fédération Française de Tennis) and is held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

I encourage you to “Follow” Roland Garros on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @RolandGarros and the official 2013 hashtag is #RG13. Please “Like” the official Roland Garros Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/RolandGarros into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.

This tournament is one of the “BIG 14″ MAJOR prestigious events for both the men and the women. The 2013 edition of Roland Garros run from the first day of qualifying on Tuesday 21 May through to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Sunday 9 June.

The 2012 women’s singles champion was Maria SHARAPOVA who defeated Sara ERRANI in the final 6-3, 6-2 to win 2,000 WTA ranking points. The 2012 singles champion was Rafael NADAL who defeated Novak DJOKOVIC in the final 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to win 2,000 ATP ranking points.

This page was created to make it easier for YOU to find the information that YOU are looking for on OnCourt Advantage. All of the OnCourt Advantage web pages related to Roland Garros 2013 are listed below and all future Roland Garros coverage will be continually updated on this directory page. All coverage of the Roland Garros in previous years is listed in these directory pages-> Roland Garros 2012Roland Garros 2011 and Roland Garros 2010.

  1. Roland Garros 2014 Men’s Schedule of Play
  2. Roland Garros 2013 Order of Play: Day 11
  3. Roland Garros 2013 Order of Play: Day 10
  4. Roland Garros 2013 Order of Play: Day 9
  5. Roland Garros 2013 Order of Play: Day 8
  6. Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round
  7. Picking the 2013 French Open Champion is No Easy Task
  8. Roland Garros 2013 Bookmakers Favourites
  9. Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Singles Draw
  10. Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Singles Draw
  11. Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Schedule of Play
  12. Roland Garros 2013 Men’s Schedule of Play
  13. 2013 Grand Slam Tournaments

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The 2013 Roland Garros men’s championships mark the 116th time it will be held. The men’s singles event has been played an extra six times compared to the women’s singles event, the men began in 1891 and the women in 1897. The Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament is commonly known as the French Open and is held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the Paris local times listed below to work out the equivalent Singapore time.

Below OnCourt Advantage details how the ATP ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round, plus what the schedule of play is for every day, so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Roland Garros is the 8th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ tournaments for the men’s professional tennis tour each year. The men’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 21 May and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 9 June.

The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:

  1. The winner earns 2,000 points + € 1,500,000;
  2. The runner-up earns 1,200 points + € 750,000;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 720 points + € 375,000;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + € 190,000;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + € 100,000;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + € 60,000;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + € 35,000;
  8. The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 21,000.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

The schedule of play for the 2013 Roland Garros men’s singles event is:

  • Tuesday 21 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 22 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Thursday 23 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 24 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 26 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Monday 27 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Tuesday 28 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 29 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Thursday 30 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 31 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Saturday 1 June: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 2 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Monday 3 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Tuesday 4 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Wednesday 5 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Thursday 6 June: No men’s singles matches;
  • Friday 7 June: Semi Finals from 1pm;
  • Saturday 8 June: No men’s singles matches; and
  • Sunday 9 June: The Men’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.

*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.

Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 35 ATP ranking points, 25 points for qualifying plus the 10 main draw 1st round points. The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive £2,500 but do NOT receive any ranking points. Players, that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn £4,500 and 8 ATP ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn £9,000 and 16 ATP ranking points.

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The 2013 Roland Garros women’s championships mark the 110th time it has been held and will be played at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The French Open as the Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament is also known, will take place at the same location again and ever since it switched to being played on clay courts in 1928. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the Paris local times listed below.

Below OnCourt Advantage details how the WTA ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round, plus what the schedule of play is for every day, so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.

Roland Garros is the 7th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ tournaments for the women’s professional tennis tour each year. The women’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 21 May and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 8 June, one day earlier than the Men’s Singles Final.

The WTA ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:

  1. The winner earns 2,000 points + € 1,500,000;
  2. The runner-up earns 1,400 points + € 750,000;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 900 points + € 375,000;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 500 points + € 190,000;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 280 points + € 100,000;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 160 points + € 60,000;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 100 points + € 35,000;
  8. The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + € 21,000.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

The schedule of play for the 2013 Roland Garros women’s singles event is:

  • Tuesday 21 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 22 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Thursday 23 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 24 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 26 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Monday 27 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Tuesday 28 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 29 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Thursday 30 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 31 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Saturday 1 June: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 2 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Monday 3 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Tuesday 4 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Wednesday 5 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Thursday 6 June: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
  • Saturday 8 June: The Women’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.

*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.

Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 60 WTA ranking points. A player, who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives 5 ranking points if she loses her 1st round match.

The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive £2,500 and 2 WTA ranking points. Players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn £4,500 and 40 WTA ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn £9,000 and 50 WTA ranking points.

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The 2012 Roland Garros men’s singles final is scheduled to commence at 3pm local time in Paris, France. The contenders for the title are No.1 seed and 5-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak DJOKOVIC and 10-time Grand Slam champion No.2 seed Rafael NADAL. It is hard to remember the last time so much has been at stake in a Grand Slam final the record 7th singles title for Rafa and four consecutive Grand Slam singles titles plus a career Grand Slam for Nole.

One of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis fires up again today as Djokovic and Nadal go head-to-head for the 33rd time. Nadal leads 18 wins to 14 and is brimming with confidence after breaking Djokovic’s run of seven straight wins against him by winning their two most recent matches in straight sets and on clay. Djokovic will have to have an infallible self-belief that he can win against Nadal at Roland Garros where Rafa has a 51 wins to only on loss record!

Winning the first set would certainly be a huge boost for Nole’s confidence and more importantly, keep Nadal from seemingly becoming superman if he wins the first set on terre battue – the red clay. Given their long list of amazing achievements here’s a brief comparison to set the scene for today’s match. On each line Djokovic’s details are listed first, followed by Nadal’s:

  • The right-handed player versus the left-hander;
  • The first time Roland Garros finalist versus King of Clay and court Philippe Chartrier;
  • The best shot his double-handed backhand goes toe-to-toe with the best shot his prodigious topspin forehand;
  • The current World No.1 defending his throne against the former World No.1;
  • The 1.88m Serbian in his prime faces the 1.88m Spaniard at the tournament and on the surface that he owns;
  • The free flowing strokes and variations versus the made champion, whose actually right handed; and
  • The super lean machine locks horns with the hard working muscular bull;
  • The retro conservative Sergio Tacchini gear and the tight fitted bright-coloured Nike kit; and
  • The more aggressive player, aiming to enforce higher risk winning shots, looking to finish points, especially with flattened out ground strokes clashing with the amazingly consistent, defensive minded, minimum of risk player, hoping to really extend the points and match time, whilst intelligently extracting errors from his opponent.

Never before has the same two men met in the final of a Grand Slam four times in a row, so make sure you see how the two best performed players over the past two and a half years do battle in a rematch of the amazing 2012 Australian Open final.

The 26-year-old Nadal is playing in his 16th Grand Slam singles final whereas, the 25-year-old Djokovic is playing in his 8th Grand Slam singles final. Nadal’s record in these finals stands at 10-5. Two losses were dealt to him by Federer in back-to-back Wimbledon finals and the past three losses have been in a row and at the hands of Djokovic. Djokovic lost his first two finals to Federer at the US Open.

In Grand Slam singles finals Djokovic leads Nadal 3-0. In their other meetings at Roland Garros Nadal leads 3-0 winning in the 2006 quarter finals and in back-to-back semi finals in 2007 and 2008. Nadal has most likely the greatest clay court pedigree in the history of tennis. Nadal is playing for a historic seventh Roland Garros singles title in eight years to surpass Bjorn Borg’s record 6 titles (won over an 8-year period).

The deciding factor in determining who will win is who can demonstrate a greater mastery over the intense mental challenges both players will face. The player who can show this mastery today will emerge the victor. It does NOT matter that Nadal has won double the number of Grand Slam singles titles that Djokovic has. It does NOT matter how many times Nadal has beaten Djokovic on clay or how many times Nadal has won this title in the past! The mental component or psychology of performance is ALWAYS the No.1 most powerful and influential force on determining the outcome on the day.

What DOES matter is who can PERFORM all of the necessary tasks TODAY at a higher level than his opponent. Whoever is more successful at executing this TODAY will allow his higher levels of tennis performance to shine through. The necessity to achieve this performance level, which is determined by how high the bar is set by both players today, is the absolute and definitive test…this is especially true at the pivotal moments and crucial points.

Any predictions of who will win are in my opinion a monumental insult to the players and of course these two great champions. Predictions in tennis as well as betting on tennis are such negative and largely unreliable elements that impact on the game. People trying to sell you why their prediction will prove correct just illustrates how little they understand tennis. In a situation where there is a 1 in 2 chance their GUESS is correct, insanely they think guessing correctly demonstrates that they do know a lot about tennis.

One of the reasons that tennis is a great game is because it always has the potential of splitting the runner-up from the winner based on such tiny and small factors. These factors continually swing either way, in one persons favour or to the other persons favour at any time during every match. Indeed the scoring system in tennis is one of the biggest assets tennis has. The scoring system itself  is a HUGE influential factor that ALWAYS sets the stage for change a large number of possible times and situations in every match where things can easily swing one way or the other.

What I LOVE to see when I watch a match is what transpires in all of these swinging moments, what players do in these situations, how do they act and respond, what level of mental skill over the ever-present mental challenges do they maintain and what performance level can they achieve under this pressure throughout the match.

If you have a new perspective now on today’s match, some ideas and questions about what I have raised to go over in your mind and more importantly an increased motivation to watch this match today, then I am happy that you have and will share my passion for tennis today. Now all I have to say is, I cannot wait to see…Djokovic and Nadal BRING IT ON!

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The 2012 Roland Garros women’s singles final was played on Saturday 9 June at 3pm on Court Philippe Chartrier in Paris, France between No.21 seed Sara Errani and No.2 seed Maria Sharapova. A 13th different women’s singles champion in the past 16 years was guaranteed with both players setting personal bests by winning through to their first final at Roland Garros and their first match against each other.

The 1.66m Errani certainly earned her chance to play for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen (Suzanne Lenglen Cup), 2,000 WTA ranking points and the winner’s prize money € 1,250,000 (Euros). The right-handed Errani defeated no less than three Grand Slam singles champions to cut a swathe through the women’s singles draw and stand between Sharapova and her bid for a career Grand Slam.

In the 3rd round Errani provided an insight into her admirable and intense fighting spirit by defeating the in-form No.13 seed Ana Ivanovic who won the 2008 Roland Garros singles title, despite losing the 1st set 6-1.

In the round of 16 dual Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova came into the match against Errani holding a perfect 5-0 head-to-head record in their previous matches on fire after making quick work of one of the best players on tour for the past 9 months, World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska. Kuznetsova won the 2009 Roland Garros singles title but was unable to match Errani’s intensity and positivity in being upset 6-0 7-5.

In the semi finals 2011 US Open singles champion and 2010 Roland Garros runner-up Samantha Stosur became Errani’s second victory over a Top 10 player in her career after losing all 28 matches against Top 10 players in her career. The No.6 seeded Stosur was the huge favourite to end Errani’s run and heading in with a perfect 5-0 head-to-head record in their previous matches. Errani handed Stosur a very difficult defeat 7-5 1-6 6-3 and a sense of de ja vu as Stosur went into the 2010 Roland Garros the overwhelming favourite against another 1.66m Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Stosur had beaten Schiavone four times inka row and in straight sets including at Roland Garros the year before. The 17th seeded Schiavone became the first Italian to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open-era, which began at Roland Garros in 1968. Errani’s excellent tournament and three clay court singles titles leading into the French Open earned her the honour of being the No.1 ranked Italian for the first time come Monday.

Errani has certainly produced her career-best level of play in 2012 already achieving her career-high ranking of No.23 before Roland Garros, making her first Grand Slam singles final at the 2012 Australian Open. Errani, Kvitova and Sharapova are the only player’s to make the quarter finals at both Grand Slams so far this year. Win or lose Errani is set to make her Top 10 debut on Monday just as Sharapova had sealed up the World No.1 ranking.
Errani won her first Grand Slam title by taking the women’s doubles title with country woman Roberta Vinci as the No.4 seeds after being the runners-up at the 2012 Australian Open women’s doubles event. In singles though there was a huge gulf in experience between the two singles finalists despite the fact they are both 25 years old and that Sharapova is just 10 days older than Errani.

Before 2012 Errani had never made it past the 3rd round in a Grand Slam singles event. The Italian’s story fuels the imagination, desire and further bolsters the belief that anything is possible and that you can ALWAYS improve.

The final proved to be Maria Sharapova’s day due to the fact that she set such a high level of tennis throughout the 89-minute match. Despite the fact that Errani only committed four unforced errors for the entire first set Sharapova produced 17 winners to just four by her opponent and won 14 of the 17 points when her first serve went in. Errani hung close but the 1.88m Sharapova converted two break points to Errani’s one giving the Russian the first set 6-3.

In the second set Errani committed three more unforced errors than in the first set, however after being down a setkand a break of serve at 0-2 Errani became more aggressive, dictated the point more often, won five of eight points when she ventured forward to the net and doubled the number of winners she hit in the first set.

Sharapova hit even more winners than in the first set – 20 and most importantly converted three break points to her opponent’s one. A number of games could have gone either way, yet Sharapova clearly played the better tennis on the big points and converted her third championship point at 5-2. After making her first Grand Slam quarter final at Rola.d Garros in 2004, Sharapova made two semi finals afterwards in 2007 and last year.

Sharapova has been the most consistent WTA player at Grand Slam singles events for over a year after her runner-up performances at Wimbledon in 2011 and at the 2012 Australian Open. The third Grand Slam final from the past four Slams saw Sharapova:

  1. win her first Roland Garros singles title after winning Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006 and Australian Open 2008.
  2. return to the World No.1 ranking which, she first achieved on 22 August 2005.
  3. become only the sixth woman to win a career Grand Slam in the Open-era and the 10th in the history of the game.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for full coverage of every Grand Slam tournament and every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on the WTA and ATP Tours.

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The 2012 Roland Garros men’s main draw singles quarter finals are now complete. The semi finals will be played on Friday 8 June beginning at 2pm local time in Paris, France. In this post an overview of what happened in the quarter finals and a look at the semi final from the top half of the draw will be covered.

From the initial 240 men playing at Roland Garros this year (112 main draw + 128 qualifiers), only the four best players over the past 11 days remain. The maximum of 2,000 ATP ranking points, € 1,250,000 (Euros), the Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers Cup) and the coveted Roland Garros singles title is there to be won by whoever can perform best in Sunday’s mens singles final.

Please leave a comment below this article regarding anything YOU would like to know about in tennis, have explained or suggest for me to write about here at OnCourt AdvantageTo watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 6 hours to the local time in Paris to work out the equivalent Singapore time for this-> daily 2012 Roland Garros Open Order of Play.

The 2012 Roland Garros men’s singles semi final draw is:

  1. Novak DJOKOVIC [1] v [3] Roger FEDERER
  2. David FERRER [6] v [2] Rafael NADAL

In the quarter final matches played on Tuesday 5 June both the No.1 seed Novak Djokovic and the No.3 seed Roger Federer had to overcome adversity and comeback from being down in their matches. 2009 Roland Garros singles champion Roger Federer played on court Suzanne Lenglen at the same time as World No.1 Novak Djokovic played on court Philippe Chartrier.

The 1.85m Federer trailed by two sets to love against his conqueror in the 2009 US Open final Juan Martin del Potro. The 30-year-old Federer playing in his eighth straight Roland Garros quarter final and ninth in total, scored his 54th win at Roland Garros. Guillermo Vilas whose 56-17 win/loss record is both the most wins and most matches played in this event’s history is within reach by the Swiss if he wins the title this year for a second time.

Federer prevailed 36 67(4) 62 60 63 in 3 hours and 14 minutes to move to 12-2 against del Potro. The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion completed his career Grand Slam by winning the Roland Garros title in ’09 and was the runner-up in 2006 to 2008 as well as last year. Federer was playing his 32nd straight quarter final or better in a Grand Slam singles event and will be playing his 31st Grand Slam semi final after making his first at Wimbledon in 2003.

Federer has made it clear that he intends to return to No.1 and win more Grand Slam titles and has proven again recently that he can do it. The right hander with a single-handed backhand needs just one more week at No.1 to equal Pete Sampras’s record for most weeks spent at No.1 (286). Federer has won more singles titles than anyone else on the ATP Tour in the past 7 months with 7 titles from his last 11 tournaments.

The 1.88m Djokovic trailed by two sets to one against local favourite and No.5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 25-year-old Djokovic playing in his sixth Roland Garros quarter final in the past seven years, scored his 30th win at Roland Garros. The Serbian has come back to win in 5 sets in his last two matches after being in even deeper trouble against No.22 seed Andreas Seppi in the round of 16 where he trailed by two sets to love.

Djokovic is focused on winning his first Roland Garros singles title to complete a career Grand Slam and be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once. Djokovic triumphed 61 57 57 76(6) 61 in 4 hours and 9 minutes after saving four match points in the fourth set to move to 6-5 against Tsonga. The 5-time Grand Slam singles champion equalled his career best at Roland Garros by making the semi finals for a fourth time – 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. The right hander with a double-handed backhand will be playing his 15th Grand Slam semi final and has reached the semi finals or better in his last eight Grand Slam tournaments.

For full coverage of the 2012 Roland Garros tournament visit Roland Garros Tennis 2012.

Head-to-Head Djokovic versus Federer

Federer leads with 14 wins to Djokovic’s 11 wins. Djokovic has won the last two meetings in semi finals: Rome this year and at the 2011 US Open. However, Federer defeated Djokovic in the 2011 Roland Garros semi finals and a number of Djokovic’s recent semi final victories against Federer have come after Federer has held match points.

Consider yourself blessed to witness another semi final between Federer and Djokovic, both of whom, have achieved the World Number One ranking, won three out of four Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year – Federer in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and Djokovic in 2011 and share 21 Gr!nd Slam titles between them. In light of these facts it is absolutely ridiculous to deem one player a favourite and the other an underdog in tomorrow’s semi final. Now all I have to say is, I cannot wait to see…Federer and Djokovic BRING IT ON!

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