The tennis season's second Grand Slam has felt like deja vu over the past decade, and 2014 was no different as the "King of Clay," Rafael Nadal, steamrolled to yet another French Open men's singles championship on the final Sunday.
But the 14-time major winner wasn't the only champion crowned at Roland Garros this past weekend.
Below we'll review this year's championship performances.
|Men's Singles Final||Score|
|(1) Rafael Nadal def. (2) Novak Djokovic||3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4|
|Women's Singles Final||Score|
|(7) Maria Sharapova def. (4) Simona Halep||6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4|
|Men's Doubles Final||Score|
|(11) Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. (12) Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez||6-3, 7-6(1)|
|Women's Doubles Final||Score|
|(1) Su-Wei Hsieh/Shuai Peng def. (2) Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci||6-4, 6-1|
|Mixed Doubles Final||Score|
|Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Jean-Julien Rojer def. (8) Julia Goerges/Nenad Zimonjic||4-6, 6-2, 10-7|
|Men's Legends Under 45 Final||Score|
|Mansour Bahrami/Fabrice Santoro def. Arnaud Clement/Nicolas Escude||6-2, 2-6, 11-9|
|Men's Legends Over 45 Final||Score|
|John McEnroe/Patrick McEnroe def. Andres Gomez/Mark Woodforde||4-6, 7-5, 10-7|
|Kim Clijsters/Martina Navratilova def. Nathalie Dechy/Sandrine Testud||5-7, 7-5, 10-7|
|Boys' Singles Final||Score|
|(4) Andrey Rublev def. (7) Jaume Antoni Munar Clar||6-2, 7-5|
|Girls' Singles Final||Score|
|(8) Darya Kasatkina def. (1) Ivana Jorovic||6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3|
*Click here to view additional tournament results via RolandGarros.com.
Rafael Nadal Reigns Supreme
There's no denying Nadal's greatness, especially on the red clay at Roland Garros. The Spaniard secured his ninth French Open championship overall and fifth straight on the tournament's final day, coming from behind to defeat rival Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Fellow top-10 player Tomas Berdych was among the many to congratulate Nadal:
This guy born for Roland Garros,he has clay in his DNA!! Well done @RafaelNadal— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) June 8, 2014
The match, which many expected to go the distance and deep into the evening, was dampened by Djokovic's lackluster form, with NBC cameras showing what appeared to be the world No. 2 vomiting during a break in play.
Afterward, Nadal credited the crowd for propelling him down the stretch, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
With 14 Grand Slam championships to his name, Nadal is tied with Pete Sampras for second on the all-time list. Now just three major wins behind Roger Federer, the greatest of all time conversation is sure to heat up as both players enter the latter stages of their careers.
Nadal will have two more chances to add some more pieces of Grand Slam hardware to his trophy case in 2014. Wimbledon begins in two weeks, and Nadal will head to the U.S. Open in August as the defending champion for the second time in his career.
And depending on how many more years Nadal remains on tour, he'll likely have a shot at several more French Open titles.
Maria Sharapova Claims Fifth Major
Although 2014 French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova has a long way to go to catch Nadal, she joins an elite list of women to have won at least twice at Roland Garros. She now ties rival and world No. 1 Serena Williams with two majors on the Paris clay.
While it's hard not to argue that Sharapova took advantage of a depleted women's draw in the second week, after the top three seeds had been ousted, the lack of elite competition hardly diminishes Sharapova's incredible display over the past two weeks at Roland Garros, per SI's Beyond The Baseline:
So after all the upsets and all the speculation/doubt, it's Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova establishing order on clay. Funny sport, this.— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) June 8, 2014
In addition to tremendous skill and athleticism, the 27-year-old Russian star showcased remarkable championship poise en route to victory.
Will Maria Sharapova win another Grand Slam in 2014?
Considering the title marks the fifth Grand Slam win of her career and her first in two years, there's no question the result will be huge for her confidence as she gears up for Wimbledon later this month. And that's key given her recent struggles at the All England Club.
Since breaking through at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old a decade ago, Sharapova has reached the final just once in her last nine tries and has been knocked out prior to the quarterfinals in six of the past seven years.
Winning it all at Roland Garros is sure to put a massive bull's-eye on her back in London this summer, but her gritty run in Paris will also provide her with the belief that she can beat anyone anywhere.
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