10 legendary drubbings that happened at Roland-Garros
28 May 2020 à 22H38
By TENNIS MAJORS (IN ASSOCIATION WITH SCRINE)
In this video, we reviewed 10 of the toughest losses in the French Open history, from Roger Federer to Thierry Champion.
In 1968, the first 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in history
Frenchman Daniel Contet became the first player to suffer a 6-0 6-0 6-0 loss in Open Era Grand Slam history against Yugoslavian Nikola Spaer. It was in the 1st round in 1968.
A 1h08 final in 1970
1 hour and 8 minutes: this is the duration of the final between Jan Kodes and Zeljko Franulovic, in 1970. It’s the shortest final in Roland-Garros history, won by Kodes, 6-2 6-4 6-0.
Brian Gottfried won only 3 games in the 1977 final
In 1977 Brian Gottfried qualified for the only Grand Slam final of his career. But the American only managed three games against Guillermo Vilas (6-0 6-3 6-0). He remains the player to have won the fewest games in a final at Roland-Garros.
1987: Bengoechea joins Daniel Contet
In 1987, Argentinian Eduardo Bengoechea became the second player to be eliminated from a Grand Slam without winning a single game. His executioner in the 2nd round? Czechoslovakian Karel Novacek.
1987: Former champion defeated 6-0 6-0
Yugoslavian Mima Jausovec, victorious in Paris in 1977, is the only former Roland-Garros winner to have suffered a double bagel in the tournament. It came against Czechoslovakian Hana Mandlikova in the 1st round in 1987. The last match of Jausovec’s Roland-Garros career.
1988: Zvereva trashed in a 34-minutes final
In 1988, Natasha Zvereva won just 13 points and was dispatched in a lopsided final by the great Steffi Graf, 6-0 6-0 in 34 minutes.
1991: Graf trashed 6-0 6-2
In 1991, Graf suffered the most severe defeat of her Grand Slam career (6-0 6-2) against Arantxa Sanchez in the semifinals. The German had beaten Sanchez 10 times in their first 11 meetings.
1993: Thierry Champion humiliated in 60 minutes
In 1993, 60 minutes were enough for Sergi Bruguera, future winner, to dispatch Thierry Champion in the 2nd round of Roland-Garros without winning a single game. To date, Champion is the last player to have suffered such a Grand Slam humiliation.
2008: When Nadal manhandled Federer
In 2008, Rafael Nadal handed Roger Federer his worst ever Grand Slam defeat. The shellshocked Swiss won only four games against the Spaniard in the Roland-Garros final (6-1 6-3 6-0).
2018: defending champion trashed in the first round
In 2018, Jelena Ostapenko tumbled in the first round in two sets against the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova, 67th in the world (7-5 6-3). The Latvian thus equalled the worst performance of a defending champion at Roland-Garros.It seems that failures build character. At least those who experienced these Roland Garros lashings would not have lost everything.