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Roland Garros 2016 – Djokovic, Mladenovic, Hingis: players with central european backgrounds to the top

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France, Paris – Roland Garros’s verdict fell, and the small world of the tennis passes from now on in the green for six weeks, with Wimbledon as the climax of the short tennis season on lawn. It’s time to make an assessment.

Novak Djokovic definitively makes history of the tennis


By taking away against Andy Murray for the first time Roland Garros after three failures, the big-hearted Serbian (that it borrowed from the former triple winner of Roland Garros Gustavo Kuerten) has just realized that no player – not even Federer and Nadal – had realized for more than fifty years: take away four titles of the Grand Slam consecutively. And still at the time of Rod Laver, Open of Australia, Wimbledon and US OPEN happened every three on lawn.

Besides the Grand Slam over two years and in career, Djokovic establishes a new record of points in the classification ATP (16950, or more than his two contenders – Murray and Federer – gathered!).

The interrogation which arises from now on is to know if he would be capable of realizing the calendar Grand Slam, even the “Golden Slam” with the Olympics of Rio.

Other title that Djokovic will try to glean: Master’s degrees 1000 of Cincinnati, the only tournament on nine that counts this category which is lacking to his prize list. He would so be the first one to realize this exploit. Roger Federer’s prize list only the tournaments of Monte Carlo and Rome (with four finales lost every time) misses, but it is not very probable that the Swiss succeeds in taking down these tournaments which happen on hard-packed surface.

Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia crowned in double

In spite of a French feminine tennis in relative decline after period splendor around Amélie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce and Marion Bartoli, the French players – qualified for finale of Fed Cup on 2016 – remain brave.

The French pair constituted by Caroline Garcia and by Kristina Mladenovic (French player of Serbian origin) indeed took away Roland Garros’s feminine double. It had been more than 40 years since an exclusively French pair had taken away Roland Garros’s ladies doubles.

Mladenovic et Garcia
Garcia and Mladenovic

With this victory, Garcia and Mladenovic take away their first title of the Grand Slam in feminine double, establish the best second pair of the world feminine double (behind untouchable Hingis and Mirza) and can hope for a medal in the Olympics of Rio in summer 2016.

Martina Hingis completes her collection of Grand Slam

The Swiss of Slovak origin takes away one of the last titles which was lacking in her career.

On returning to the competition since 2013 (but only in double), the 35-year-old player who dominated the feminine tennis at the end of the 90’s won the last Grand Slam tournament which was lacking to her prize list of mixed doubles, associated with the Indian Leander Paes.

In finale, they beat the pair composed of the Croatian Ivan Dodig and of the Indian Sania Mirza, who is also the partner of Martina Hingis’s feminine double. The meeting was particularly undecided until its term: 4/6 6/4 10/8. Led 3/1 in the tie-break, Hingis and Paes led 8/6 before seeing their opponents returning to 8/8, to take away finally the last two points and win the only title which was lacking to them in mixed doubles.

Paes and Hingis took away from now on all the titles of the Grand Slam in double and mixed doubles. To Hingis, only a single title in her collection is missing: Roland Garros’s simple. But she does not play anymore in simple since 2007 (she played official matches in simple since then only in Fed Cup).

With the aim of the Olympics of Rio, Martina Hingis – who is world number one in double – should be associated with her fellow countryman Roger Federer in mixed doubles. Switzerland could have another formidable pair of mixed doubles, with Stanislas Wawrinka, of Polish origin, and the Swiss of Hungarian origin Tímea Bacsinszky, at present n°10 world of the feminine tennis.

Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis