Ranking the Greatest Rivalries in French Open History

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Ranking the Greatest Rivalries in French Open History
PETER COSGROVE/Associated Press

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic might be headed for a meeting in the French Open finals that could elevate their intriguing rivalry to a new level. They have played each other five times at Roland Garros, including the past two years in a row.

But is it the greatest rivalry in French Open history? Would it become the best rivalry if they play another scintillating match this year?

Let's take a look.

Some of the best Open-era rivalries never made an appearance at the French Open.

John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg had some of the most memorable duels in history, but they never faced each other at the French Open. In fact, they never played each other on a clay court. Borg, McEnroe and Jimmy Connors accounted for just one French Open meeting among them, that being McEnroe's straight-sets victory over Connors in the 1984 semifinals.

Billie Jean King and Margaret Court accounted for 35 Grand Slam singles titles and faced each other 32 times, but they never met at Roland Garros. Venus and Serena Williams faced off in eight Grand Slam finals but played each other only once at the French Open, that being in the 2002 finals.

Other rivalries flourished at the French Open, with the number of meetings and the significance and intensity of those encounters determining their place on our list.

We start with one rivalry that predated the Open era but deserves mention nonetheless. Then we count down the 10 greatest French Open rivalries.

 

 

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