The All-Time Greatest Men's French Open Champions

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The All-Time Greatest Men's French Open Champions
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As the French Open looms, the tennis world looks over to Paris for the season's second grand slam tournament. Records are out to be broken, and our era is not one for the light-hearted.

We have legitimate grand slam champions in our sights, and legitimate GOAT contenders, too. It would profit to indulge in some nostalgia.

We have, of course, Rafael Nadal's sixth title poised for the taking, or the possibility of a changing in the guard with a new champion. The tennis past has not been too different. There have been bearers of expectation and those who have stunned the world with inconceivable surprises.

The Open Era is, naturally, the most happening period, but there are some from ancient history and some who traversed the middle period before and after.

Here are just a selection in chronological order of the top men's champions. Some omissions may be noticeable, but they have been chosen for their consistency at Roland Garros and stature within the game in general.

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