Rafael Nadal plays a backhand shot during his 2014 French Open Men’s Final match against Novak Djokovic. Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, including nine of the last 11 French Opens. The King of Clay turned 30 years old on June 3, 2016. (Bob Martin)
USA TODAY: Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova in the French Open women’s final to win her 20th Grand Slam title. Williams developed flu-like symptoms during the tournament but won five three-set matches in total this French Open.
Photo: Serena Williams screams in the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 6, 2015. (Michel Euler / AP)
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland lifts the Coupe de Mousquetaires after victory in the Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2015 in Paris, France.
It’s cool playing the Semis of the World Tour Finals. I would prefer to face Nadal in the Final, even if I have no preference. The rivalries, they are unique in many ways. The more I play Novak, the more special it becomes. But with Rafa I go back further. We were the new guys and the face of the tour for so long. The fact is obviously the epic Wimbledon finals. Then we had all these matches for me which were hard, the French Open finals. But they were very important for my career as well to win the French Open in 2009. This Rivalry is extra special