During the first week of the 2010 French Open, we've already witnessed a lot of the drama that goes with arguably, the toughest Grand Slam of the year. Rain and darkness have plagued the matches, making some of them even carry over to the following day.
There have already been 17 five-set matches in men's singles, 20 three-set matches in women's singles and 19 three-set matches in all of the doubles divisions combined.
Sixth seed, Andy Roddick had a five-set battle in the first round against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, after cruising through the first set.
In a second round, Italy's Fabio Fognini defeated one of France's biggest stars, 13 seed, Gael Monfils 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7. Minutes before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the match was suspended due to darkness, later than any other match. This was quite a controversy, one which sparked inspiration for this countdown of longest matches in French Open history.