The French Open is considered unforgiving. But don’t tell that to Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Dramatic victories went to Sharapova and Nadal at the 2014 French Open at Roland-Garros.
Rafael Nadal won the Men’s Single Final against Serbian powerhouse Novak Djokovic (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4). It was his ninth French Open Title. Maria Sharapova defeated Romanian Simona Halep to reign supreme at the Women’s Single’s Final (6-4, 6-7, 6-4). It was her second French Open title.
For the 27-year-old Sharapova, the victory means retaking her position in the top five in the WTA Tour rankings. The win is also sweet solace after a sluggish ending to the 2013 season when a shoulder injury slowed her down.
Nadal’s battles against Djokovic are usually epic and this match didn’t deviate from that path. Was Djokovic distracted by the crowd chanting “Rafa?” Nadal’s drop-to-his-knees French Open victory ties him with Pete Sampras for second all-time and on the heels of Roger Federer who holds three more.
With Sharapova and Nadal reigning supreme at the French Open and Wimbledon ramping up on June 23rd, we got inspired by the sheer joy of victory you can see on every tennis champ’s face after a major win. Check out the unbridled emotional release of Sharapova, Nadal, and more of the sport’s most revered players at their most triumphant moments from the 2014 French Open wins and other Grand Slam victories of years past.