Repeat tennis champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova assert their dominance this year at the 2014 French Open.
For Maria Sharapova, beating Simona Halep 6-4,6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final at Roland Garros marks her 2nd French Open title victory in the last three years of the tournament. Even more impressive, in that three year time period she has won 20 straight three-set matches. Whatever Sharapova does at the Roland Garros, she really has both her competition and that court and setting figured out to a tee. No doubt Maria has her eyes set on Wimbledon in a few weeks, where she has already been victorious there 5 times as well. With repeat title wins like this, it does make you wonder if Sharapova is not the best woman tennis player in the world right now. Currently, she ranks #5. My guess is that she will move up at least a few slots before its all said and done this year.
Here's Sharapova's first reaction directly after she won the 2014 French Open.
Sharapova's first reaction after her 2014 French Open win
And then there was the men's tournament at Paris' Roland Garros. This was all Rafael Nadal. Surprised? You shouldn't be. For Nadal makes Sharapova's French Open success look like a decent, but still work-in-progress legacy effort. Nadal took on the great #2 ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals and took him down 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 handily. That marks a fifth straight French Open title win for Nadal. And even more impressive, he's won this championship nine out of the last ten years! Questioning whether or not Sharapova deserves to be deserved the elite of elite.. Nadal leaves little question that he is one of the best men in tennis throughout the world, if not THE best. Because of this win, Rafael Nadal maintains his #1 ranking.
Check out this official Roland Garros YouTube video, with highlights of Nadal taking down Djokovic to win his 9th title in Paris.
R. Nadal v. N. Djokovic 2014 French Open Men's Final Highlights