A rain delay that pushed the completion of the men's final back to Monday could not dampen the enthusiasm of Rafael Nadal in Paris. The Spaniard moved past Bjorn Borg to become the first man to win seven French Open titles with his four-set victory over Novak Djokovic. It marked the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final featuring the two competitors and prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four straight majors. Djokovic had some hope when he broke Nadal early in the fourth set before the match was halted by rain. But the reigning champion rebounded when the match resumed, taking the final set 7-5. Nadal now has won 11 Grand Slam championships, tying him for No. 4 on the all-time list with Laver and Borg. Rafa now only trails Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Roy Emerson for the most major titles won in the history of men's tennis.
Lucky loser gets lucky
After two rousing weeks of French Open play, FOXSports.com contributor Brian Webber counts down the Top 10 moments in Paris. David Goffin (right) is anything but a household name, but the young Belgian had a memorable experience at Roland Garros. Goffin lost in qualifying, but gained entry into the main draw when a withdrawal opened up a spot in the field of 128 singles players. Goffin made the most of his opportunity, becoming the first "lucky loser" to reach the round of 16 at the French Open in 34 years. Goffin's storybook run came to end when he took on his idol Roger Federer in the fourth round and lost in four sets. But the 21-year-old made his mark on the red clay in Paris.
Serena stumbles in Paris
Serena Williams came to the French Open with plenty of momentum. The former world No. 1 dismantled then-No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on the blue clay in Madrid 6-1, 6-3 but then was forced to pull out of the WTA event in Rome before the semifinals with a back injury. Williams would feel even worse in Paris when she was stunned by France's Virginie Razzano in the first round, her first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament in her outstanding career. Serena didn't last any longer in mixed doubles competition. She and Bob Bryan lost in the first round in that draw, as well.
Another marathon for Isner
What is it about John Isner and lengthy matches at Grand Slam tournaments? The American, who outlasted Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in an epic fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, faced another Frenchman at Roland Garros that required a herculean effort to compete with. Isner met Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round in a match that almost lasted into the second week of the event. Mathieu took the fifth set 18-16 to win the match after 5:41 of intense competition. The final set alone lasted almost 2-1/2 hours. As always. Isner served well, firing 41 aces, but it wasn't enough. Isner's exit was part of a troubling statistic for fans of American tennis: No man from the United States made it to third round of the French Open for the first time since 2007.
Youzhny's "sorri" effort
Mikhail Youzhny had a forgettable performance, losing 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to No. 6 seed David Ferrer in the third round, but the Russian's reaction to his own play created a lasting memory. Youzhny won only six points in the first eight games of the match. When he finally tallied for the first time in the second set, Youzhny decided to communicate with the fans watching the match on Court Suzanne Lenglen by writing a message in the clay with his tennis shoe. He didn't send out an "S-O-S' for his missing game — he wrote the word "SORRi!" to apologize to the spectators for his lackluster performance. After the match, Youzhny explained to reporters "There was a lot of people. That's why I write 'sorry.' Because I can't show them a nice game."
Promising run by US women
The last American to win a singles title at Roland Garros was Serena Williams in 2002. After Serena crashed out in the first round this year, some of her younger counterparts made an impact at the French Open. Sloane Stephens, 19, (pictured) was the only teenager in the women's draw to reach the the third round and was able to win an additional match before losing to sixth-seeded Samantha Stosur in the round of 16. Varvara Lepchenko's family emigrated from Uzbekistan to the United States when she was a teenager, and the 26-year-old became an American citizen last year. She had her best showing at a Slam, beating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on her way to the fourth round. Lepchenko will now have a chance to shine on another big stage. She has risen high enough in the WTA rankings to qualify as the fourth member of the US Olympic women's tennis team.
Mirnyi & Nestor repeat as champions
The premiere doubles players seem like they can play forever. Max Mirnyi is approaching his 35th birthday, and Daniel Nestor will turn 40 in September. But the veterans continue to be energized on the court. The tandem beat the Bryan brothers to successfully defend their doubles title at Roland Garros. Mirnyi and Nestor have shined over the years in the "City of Light." Each player has now won the French Open doubles championship four times. For Nestor, the win marked his eighth grand slam doubles championship, solidifying his standing as one of the best specialists of the last quarter-century. The Bryans suffered their second consecutive loss in the final of a major and were denied in their attempt to make history. They still have 11 grand slam doubles titles, tied with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most in the Open Era.
Errani's remarkable run
Savvy tennis fans are aware that Sara Errani had a solid clay-court season, winning a pair of titles in the weeks leading up to Roland Garros. The Italian took the next step in her career with her sizzling play in Paris. Errani posted the first top-10 win of her career when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. She then validated that victory with a win over former French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur in the semifinals. Her stellar showing extended into the women's doubles draw, as well. Errani became the first woman since Kim Clijsters in 2003 to reach the singles and doubles finals at Roland Garros. Although Errani was beaten convincingly by Maria Sharapova in the singles championship match, she teamed with her countrywoman Roberta Vinci to win the doubles title.
Courageous comebacks in men's quarters
Sometimes fans are fortunate to witness a truly special day at a Grand Slam tournament. Those who were lucky to be on the grounds of the French Open during the men's quarterfinals experienced one of those memorable days. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (pictured) both put together epic comebacks to advance to the semifinals. Federer rallied to beat Juan Martin Del Potro, who captured his only major title by beating Federer at the US Open in 2009. Federer dropped the first two sets before roaring back to beat the Argentine in five sets. While Del Potro was hampered by a knee injury during the match, Federer relied on his championship experience to battle back. Djokovic's comeback was even more dramatic, as he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in front of a partisan crowd. The Frenchman failed to convert four match points as Djokovic prevailed in five sets. The world No. 1 won his 26th consecutive grand slam match — a streak he extended by another match with his victory over Federer in the semifinals.
Sharapova completes career grand slam
Maria Sharapova was once so awkward on clay that she described her style of play on the surface as a "cow on ice." However, at this stage of her career, Sharapova showed that she was dominant during the fortnight in Paris and captured her first French Open championship. Sharapova's 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani completed the career Grand Slam for the Russian, who became the 10th player to achieve the feat. Some 3-1/2 years ago, Sharapova's career was in jeopardy when she underwent shoulder surgery. With impressive tenacity and perseverance, Sharapova has regained the No. 1 ranking in the world for the first time since June 2008. There is no reason to believe she can't continue her outstanding play this summer. Sharapova won her first Slam at Wimbledon when she was only 17 years old and reached the singles final at the All-England Club last year.