French Open 2011: The All-Time Top 25 Men's French Open Players

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IMay 16, 2011

French Open 2011: The All-Time Top 25 Men's French Open Players

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    The French Championships began in 1891, but the French Open didn't start until 1968, so this list will not include the likes of eight-time Amateur Era champ Max Decugis or five-time winner Henri Cochet.

    Since the Open Era began, 25 different men have won in Roland Garros, and here they are in order of their dominance at this Grand Slam.

25. Andres Gimeno

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    Gimeno defeated Frenchman Patrick Proisy in four sets to win the 1972 French Open final. That was the only Grand Slam title for the Spaniard, who lost to Rod Laver in the Australian Open championship in his only other major final in '69.

24. Gaston Gaudio

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    Gaudio rallied from two sets down to defeat fellow Argentine Guillermo Coria, 8-6 in the fifth, at the 2004 French final.

    Gaudio, who reached No. 5 in the world the following April, was 22-9 in his career at Roland Garros, but he never reached the quarters outside of that magical run seven years ago.

23. Adriano Panatta

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    In 1976, Panatta beat American Harold Solomon in a fourth-set tiebreaker to win the French Open.

    Panatta, who is the only Italian to win the title in the Open Era, climbed to No. 4 in the world that year, but that was his only major final.

22. Yannick Noah

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    Yannick is more than just the father of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. The elder Noah won the 1983 French Open championship in straight sets over Mats Wilander.

    That was the Frenchman's only Grand Slam final, but he did reach No. 3 in the world on July 7, 1986.

21. Andres Gomez

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    Gomez took down a brand name in the 1990 French Open final, ousting American Andre Agassi in four sets.

    The Ecuadorian reached three other quarters at Roland Garros, in 1984, '86 and '87.

20. Carlos Moya

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    Moya beat fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja in straight sets to claim the 1998 title. Moya went on to reach three more quarterfinals there and has accumulated an impressive 32-12 record at the French.

19. Thomas Muster

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    Muster took down American Michael Chang in straight sets at the 1995 final. The Austrian also reached the semis in '90 and the quarters of the French in '98.

18. Albert Costa

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    Spaniard Albert Costa defeated countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets to win the 2002 French Open.

    Costa reached the semis the following year and also made the quarters in 1995 and 2000.

17. Yevgeny Kafelnikov

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    Kafelnikov is the only Russian man to win the French. He did it in 1996 by beating German Michael Stich in three tightly-contested sets.

    Kafelnikov was 31-10 in his career at Roland Garros, reaching the semis in 1995 and the quarters in '97, 2000 and '01.

16. Ken Rosewall

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    Rosewall won the first French Open by defeating fellow Australian and tennis legend Rod Laver in four sets in 1968.

    Rosewall reached the final again the following year, but lost the rematch in straights.

15. Michael Chang

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    Chang and Swede Stefan Edberg went the distance in the 1989 final, with the American coming out on top.

    Chang was not as lucky in the 1995 championship, when he lost to Thomas Muster, but he reached the quarters two other times in '90 and '91.

14. Illie Nastase

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    Nastase dropped just six games in defeating Yugoslavian Nikola Pilic to claim the 1973 French Open championship.

    The Romanian lost the 1971 final to Jan Kodes, but he reached the quarters three other times to add to his impressive Roland Garros resume.

13. Rod Laver

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    Laver doesn't rank 13th on many tennis lists, but since his 1962 French Championship win was during the Amateur Era, as far as this list is concerned, he only gets credit for his win over Ken Rosewall in '69, the year he became the only man to ever win the Grand Slam.

12. Juan Carlos Ferrero

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    After coming up a little short at the 2002 final, Ferrero beat Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands in straight sets at the 2003 final. That completed an impressive four-year run during which he at least reached the semis.

11. Andre Agassi

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    After coming up short at the 1990 and '91 French Open finals, Agassi rallied from two sets down to beat Ukrainian Adriy Medvedev in the '99 championship. Overall, the American was 51-16 at Roland Garros.

10. Guillermo Villas

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    Villas reached four French Open finals, but took home his only title in 1977 when he obliterated American Brian Gottfried, 6-0, 6-3, 6-0. The Argentine was 56-17 at the clay court major.

9. Roger Federer

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    If not for Rafael Nadal, Federer probably would have won four straight French Opens, so it's difficult to rank him this low, but in the end, Fed only has one title at Roland Garros, which came when he beat Robin Soderling in straight sets two years ago.

    Federer lost the final to Nadal the three previous years.

8. Jan Kodes

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    Now we get into the multi-time winners.

    Kodes won the French Open in 1970 and '71. The Czech also won Wimbledon in '73.

7. Sergi Bruguera

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    Bruguera won the 1993 and '94 titles and lost the '97 final to Gustavo Kuerten.

6. Jim Courier

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    Courier won back-to-back French Open titles in 1991 and '92. He made a third straight final in '93, but lost in five sets to Sergi Bruguera. Overall, the American was an astounding 40-9 at this Grand Slam.

5. Gustavo Kuerten

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    Only five men have won three French Open titles, and Guga is one of them, beating Sergi Bruguera in 1997, Magnus Norman in 2000 and Alex Corretja in '01.

4. Ivan Lendl

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    Between 1984-87, Lendl reached the French Open final four consecutive years, winning the title three times. He also made the championship match in '81, when he lost to Bjorn Borg in five sets.

3. Mats Wilander

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    Wilander won three majors in Paris, in 1982, '85 and '88. He lost two other finals in '83 and '87, and while Lendl reached five total semis, the Swede got there six times.

2. Rafael Nadal

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    Nadal is 38-1 at the French Open. That's pretty much all you need to know.

    The reigning champion has won five titles, including a record-tying four straight from 2005-08.

    His only loss on the red clay of Paris came in four sets to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the 2009 tournament, a loss he avenged in last year's final.

1. Bjorn Borg

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    While Borg's 49-2 mark at Roland Garros may be a percentage point worse than Nadal's record, the Swede's six French Open titles are unmatched by anyone in the history of tennis.

    He won in 1974 and '75 before reeling off four straight between '78 and '81.