All good things must come to an end. And here I am, on my last weekend in Roland Garros after spending fifteen memorable days in the company of great persons. I was delighted by some new acquaintances I made from different backgrounds, all here to enjoy the tournament. Some I met on court cheering their favorite player, some photographers, journalists and celebrities, the super FFT team who did an amazing season... Or others who came to be a part of the French Open unique experience.
Today I watched the Women’s final at the Moët Hennessy Gallery with some familiar faces I had the chance to get to know these couple of weeks.
World’s n1 ranked Simona Halep competed this Saturday her 4th grand chelem, she was hoping of finally winning, and she did!
Earlier today, before the game, when she was asked about her 3 con RG finals, the 26Y.O player tried to avoid the subject with humor, preferring to talk about the beautiful weather! She played against the winner of the U.S Open Sloane Stephens, who has never confronted defeat on finals, before today. At 25, she won the totality of the 6 finals she disputed.
On the men’s side, the men’s single final is taking place on Sunday, and will be fought between the two best ATP clay-court Players today. The 24-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem is considered the 2nd best player on clay, he has a respectful record against Rafa. He is the only player to have beaten the king, twice in a row, after they met in the quarter-finals in Madrid last month, adding a win to his Rome Masters victory in 2017. So he possesses the kind of clay-court game and machinations to make it a contest, and maybe beat Nadal!
On friday Dominic Thiem was playing his third straight French Open semi-final. But unlike the last two years, where he had faced eventual champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he wasn’t the underdog on Friday. Instead, he was competing with the underdog of the tournament, Italian Marco Cecchinato. This was Thiem’s moment to finally break through to the next level – a Grand Slam final on a surface he plays his best on. And he did make it to the RG men’s single final.
As for Nadal, and with no big surprise, he made it to his 11th RG final after breezing his way passed the Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-1 6-2, to land into his 24th grand slam final overall.
Like everyone around here, I’m so thrilled to attend the big Final tomorrow, and already excited to be coming back here next year, for more excitement, more clay, more fun, more Roland-Garros!