From Rafael Nadal's stunning fourth-round loss to Roger Federer completing the Career Slam, there were plenty of moments to remember at this year's French Open. Brian Webber looks back at the best from the fortnight at Roland Garros.
Roddick impresses in Paris
Andy Roddick posted the best performance of his career at the French Open, reaching the fourth round for the first time. While Roddick couldn't get past Gael Monfils and wasn't pleased he was forced to play late into the Parisian night in their match, the top-ranked American demonstrated a new level of comfort on clay. Roddick will try to maintain that momentum as he makes the transition to grass courts.
Bryan and Huber win mixed doubles
If a player wants to win the mixed doubles championship at a Grand Slam tournament, it's a wise move to team with Bob Bryan. Bryan paired with Liezel Huber to win his sixth mixed doubles crown at a major -- each with a different partner. The win provided some redemption for Bryan after he and his brother Mike were knocked out of the men's doubles draw in the semifinals.
'Jimmy Jump' crashes men's final
Roger Federer's historic win at Roland Garros produced a surreal footnote. "Jimmy Jump" made an unscheduled appearance on the court in the second set of the men's final. The self-proclaimed super fan of Barcelona's soccer team unsuccessfully tried to place a hat on Federer's head before security intervened. The incident proved to be harmless, but had frightening overtones based on what Monica Seles endured in Hamburg in 1993.
Santoro bids adieu to Roland Garros
Fabrice Santoro played his final match at the French Open, losing to Christophe Rochus in the first round. It was an emotional goodbye for the 36-year-old Frenchman who is retiring at the end of the year. The tournament marked the veteran's 20th appearance at Roland Garros and his 67th Grand Slam event. His unique playing style and upbeat personality will be missed on tour.
Sharapova's comeback march
Maria Sharapova came to Paris as an unseeded player competing in her first Grand Slam tournament after missing 10 months because of a shoulder injury. The former world No. 1 served notice she's ready to return to elite status in women's tennis by reaching the quarterfinals in Paris. While Sharapova seemed weary in the quarters while being destroyed by Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-2, Maria's overall level of play was highly impressive.
More drama for Serena
Serena Williams says that she prefers to play drama-free tennis, but the spotlight always seems to find her. In Williams' third-round match with Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Serena fired a ball that appeared to hit the Spaniard in the arm before bouncing back for a winner. Video replays confirmed that the ball did not hit Martinez Sanchez's racket as she claimed. "Cheating" is a strong word, but Williams was correct that her opponent was less than honest in the incident.
Del Potro breaks through
Juan Martin Del Potro demonstrated that he has the game to contend for a Grand Slam title. The Argentine reached his first major semifinal at Roland Garros and nearly derailed Federer's quest to win for the first time in Paris. Standing 6-6, Del Potro is an imposing figure on the court. His power game should shine on the grass courts of the All England Club later this month.
Safina's major meltdown
Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Dinara Safina to win the women's singles title. But this match will be remembered for Safina's inability to control her emotions. The world No. 1 unraveled under the pressure of trying to win her first Grand Slam championship. The low point may have been when the distraught Russian wondered aloud, "Why am I such a chicken?" Safina has the skills needed to win a Slam, but will have to devote more energy to improving her mental toughness.
Soderling stuns Nadal
Robin Soderling's fourth-round win over Rafael Nadal may have been the greatest upset ever posted at a Grand Slam tournament. Nadal had never lost a match at Roland Garros and was going after his fifth consecutive Grand Slam title. The Swede continued his amazing run with with wins over Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Gonzalez, earning an improbable trip to the men's singles final.
Federer finally prevails in Paris
Federer's first French Open championship was historic on many levels. The Swiss star completed the career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras' mark of 14 major singles titles. Federer revealed his tenacity, coming back from two sets down to beat Tommy Haas in the fourth round and rallying to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals. Historians may debate if Federer's victory has any less luster because he did not have to play Nadal. But nothing can diminish Federer's grand achievements.