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    The French Open is believed to be the most unique Grand Slam tournament. Over the past few years, it has created a reputation of creating some unexpected champions at the expense of some of tennis' greats. Here are the few who made their presence count on the clay court.
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    Chris Evert

    Chris Evert has been the most successful player in the history of the French Open. Her seven titles, which were distributed over 13 years remain a record on the clay court. Evert's career win–loss record in singles matches of 1,309–146 (.900) is the best of any professional player in tennis history
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    Bjorn Borg

    Bjorn Borg was one of the few players who felt at home in the French Open. His powerful ground strokes and incredible fitness allowed him to win points easily from the baseline. The Swede won 6 French Open titles in 8 years and continues to hold the maximum number of titles under his belt
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    Steffi Graf

    Steffi Graf has been the second most successful player in terms of Grand Slam titles, winning 22 titles including 6 French Open titles. Graf entered the final of the French Open 9 times between 1987 and 1999, winning six of them with only one of them being in straight sets. Steffi Graf known to be one of the greatest in World Tennis, is the only player to have won a Golden Slam(All four Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold medal in the same calendar year).



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    Rafael Nadal

    When Rafael Nadal entered the 2005 French Open at the young age of 18, not many would have taken the Spaniard too seriously until he turned 19; the age had nothing to do with his chances, it was the day, which saw him defeat World No. 1 Roger Federer in the semi finals at Roland Garros. Nadal reigned supreme against Mariano Puerta in the final to win his first Grand Slam title.

    The Spaniard has since then won 5 out of the 6 French Open tournaments he has played which is a record in itself. He won 31 matches in a row at Roland Garros before bowing out in the 2009 edition after being plagued by injury in his fourth round encounter against Robin Soderling. Nadal however got his revenge in the 2010 final as he convincingly beat Sweden's Robin Soderling to justify his title of ‘The King of Clay'.



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    Justine Henin

    Justin Henin has widely been claimed as one of the finest players on clay. The Belgian won four French Open titles, all of them in straight sets with a hat-trick of titles from 2005-07 being the highlight of her career. Ironically the year which fell between her victories earned her the Olympic gold medal.



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    Gustavo Kuerten

    If you thought Brazil was not synonymous with tennis and probably had its association with bigger balls, then you would probably have to rethink courtesy this man. Gustavo Kuerten won 3 French Open titles, one of which came about by beating double ex champion Sergi Brugueera.



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    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

    The Spanish tennis player was widely known for her tenaciousness and thus produced some extremely hard-fought encounters at clay. She entered six French Open finals and emerged triumphant twice. Her final encounters with Steffi Graf were some of the best matches that the tournament had seen
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    Monica Seles

    Monica seles became the youngest French Open winner at the age of just 16 years in 1990. In 1991 and 1992, she won three of the four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year. Seles was the dominant World No. 1 as she beat Steffi Graf in the 1993 Australian Open. The win however triggered an incident that changed Seles' life forever; While playing in Hamburg, an obsessed Steffi Graf fan ran to the edge of the court and stabbed her in the back.

    Seles although fully recovered in some weeks, but only returned to the court after two years. On her return, Seles won her ninth Grand Slam in the shape of Australian Open in 1996, but couldn't really match the player she was two years ago.



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    Mats Wilander

    If Spain is has had a green patch at the French Open, their North European counterparts Sweden had one of their own too. The last glory of that spell came to Mats Wilander, who won three titles (1982, 1985 and 1988) in 7 years. Wilander,who carried the baton from Bjorn Borg reached the final 5 times in his career
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    Margaret Court

    The transition from the French Championships to the French Open did not carry over many significant performers, but Margaret Court's form remain untouched as the Australian won two French Open titles. Her second win came against Chris Evert in an epic 3-setter.



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    Ivan Lendl

    Ivan Lendl's stay at the French Open was quite similar to that of Mats Wilander. Both reached the final five times, won the tournament thrice and beat each other once in four sets in the final. The two also shared a statitic of winning all Grand Slams except Wimbledon. Lendl won the title in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and was the last French Open winner from Czechoslovakia
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    Martina Navratilova

    The winds of time never perturbed this Czechoslovakia born tennis player who lived through a lusturous three-decade long tennis career. Navratilova reached 6 French Open finals, winning 2 of them. Her toughest competitor was Chris Evert as Navratilova lost the final thrice to her, while beating her once in the 1984 edition
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    Sergi Bruguera

    Sergi Bruguera started a spell of Spanish domination at the French Open, a spell that continues till today. He defeated double defending champion Jim Courier in 1993 and then went on to win a successive title in 1994
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    Jim Courier

    Apart from Michael Chang in 1989, the Americans had always had bitter memories of the French Open final matches, but Jim Courier was out to change it all as he won back to back titles in 1991 and 1992.



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