French Open 2011: The Top 10 Breakout Performances

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French Open 2011: The Top 10 Breakout Performances
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The French Open has been host throughout the decades to some of tennis' greatest players. Often the winner of the French Open has proven to be the next up and coming great force in the sport.

Perhaps its something about the arduous, grueling nature of clay court Grand Slam tennis, but there is no doubt that working one's way through the main draw of Roland Garros, and ultimately winning it, is a long and drawn-out feat accomplished not without much determination and tenacity.

There have been great men and women who have played this sport, and on many an occasion the first dawnings of their brilliant careers were to be found on the red clay of Paris.

We have had Evert, Seles, Ivanovic; Borg, Chang, Nadal. These are but some of the names that have graced clay court tennis, and tennis in general.

What characterised their rises was a certain something mystical: something surprising, stunning, shocking. Breakouts are dramatic, suspenseful, and often incredible.

Here are the top 10 breakout performances in Roland Garros history.

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