Roland Garros, French Open Paris 2013 draw and seedings

As unfortunately Andy Murray had to withdraw from French Open, 2013 because of back pain, Juan Martin Del potro because of not having fully recovered from Bronchitis viral and Mardy Fish deciding to take a break till the start of  the grass season.


The mens seeding for French Open, 2013 will be as follows :


  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Roger Federer
  3. Rafael Nadal
  4. David Ferrer
  5. Tomas Berdych
  6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  7. Richard Gasquet
  8. Janko Tipsarevic
  9. Stanislas Wawrinka
  10. Marin Cilic
  11. Nicolas Almargo
  12. Tommy Haas
  13. Kei Nishikori
  14. Milos Raonic
  15. Gilles Simon
  16. Philipp Kohlschreiber
  17. Juan Monaco
  18. Sam Querrey
  19. John Isner
  20. Andreas Seppi
  21. Jerzy Janowicz
  22. Alexandr Dolgopolov
  23. Kevin Anderson
  24. Benoit Paire
  25. Jeremy Chardy
  26. Grigor Dimitrov
  27. Fabio Fognini
  28. Florian Mayer
  29. Mikhail Youzhny
  30. Julien Benneteau
  31. Marcel Granollers
  32. Tommy Robredo


The French Open 2013 draw will be held on Friday, 24th May, 2013 at 05:30 EDT (New York Time) or 9:30 GMT or 10:30 BST (London Time) or 11:30 CET (Paris Time) or 15:00 IST (New Delhi Time) or 17:30 PHT/CST (Manila / Beijing time) or 19:30 AEST (Melbourne/Sydney time).


The great news is that French Open 2013 draw will be streamed live on Roland Garros official DailyMotion channel. You can catch that draw live right here.


At least, the hate mongers or doubt mongers, will have no doubts after seeing the draw live in front of their eyes as I am really fed-up from people who keep calling draws as fixed. Come on guys, grow up, its not a primary school draw that its that easy to be fixed.


Though, the most interesting thing for me in the draw is :


Will Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic be the more lucky man today?


This is because in Tennis draws, either the first or second seed can get to play vs the 3rd or 4th seed in the semi-finals.


So, I am sure, both Djokovic or Federer will be very lucky if they get to play vs David Ferrer in the semi-finals draw :).


As, Roger Federer has joined twitter and has been verified on twitter today, so who knows, he might just get lucky and get David Ferrer in his side of draw :).


Also, in the Ladies segment, will be interesting to see if Serena Williams gets to play vs Azarenka or Radwanska or will we see Sharapova vs Radwanska or Azarenka in the semi-finals of French Open, 2013?


Also, I will be covering draw of Tommy Haas, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Jerzy Janowicz, Ernests Gulbis and of course, one of my favorites Stan Wawrinka.


I will be uploading the draw immediately as soon as it gets announced on our draw. That will feature per round probable opponents of Top 10 and the players mentioned above, also, the popcorn matches to watch out in Round-1, 2, 3, 4, QF, SF.


So, please bookmark the following link of our Tennis forum where in all the details of the draw will be posted by me —-


Feel free to ask me any question on this blog or the forum and I will try my best to answer it as fast as possible.


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What happens to ATP Ranking points if the Final of Internazionali BNL d’Italia italian open 2012 Rome masters gets rained out

For a quick look up of the French Open 2012 seedings, see this link of our Tennis site



As you all know, that the final match of Internazionali BNL d’Italia italian open 2012 Rome masters was scheduled to be played on sunday, 20th May, 2012, but it got rained out as the coaches of Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal felt that the court was too slippery & risky for players.



Source :: ATP Twitter Page



As, you all know, there is a big chance of it raining on Monday, May 21st 2012 as well, so, what will happen, if the match gets rained out?

Also, both Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic have stated that they both can’t stay beyond Monday as they have to leave from Rome early morning on tuesday.


So, now the big question is what will happen to the ATP ranking points if the match gets rained out?


Also, as the seedings of french open, 2012 will be based on the ATP ranking points after italian open, so the ranking points are of utmost importance especially to Roger Federer & rafael nadal as they both are fighting for the No. 2 seeding at French Open, as the other seedings are 99.99% confirmed…



So, in order to explain this, we started a topic on our Tennis site, here is the link for you all —–




Seedings & draw for French open, 2012 Roland Garros Paris

Ok, now as the Italian Open,  2012 is over & with Rafael Nadal having won it, Here are the seedings that will be announced for French Open, 2012,


Here is the post on our Tennis site




Well, as the seedings of French Open, 2012 will be made after Italian Open, 2012, so, in this post, I will be discussing the various scenarios in which Roger Federer will retain world No. 2 after Italian Open, 2012 or will .

As I explained above, the following are the points of the Top 4, that ATP will announce in a few hours time.

1. Novak Djokovic : almost 11,200 points

2. Roger Federer : 9430 points

3. Rafael Nadal :: 9105 points.

4. Andy Murray : 7140 points


Continue reading the article on our Tennis site for a full comprehensive detailed discussion on this topic ::


Can Roger Federer regain No. 2 Tennis Ranking from Rafael Nadal after Madrid Open & Italian Open 2012

These are the ATP points as last declared on April 30th, 2012
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So, now, as you can see after the triumph of Rafael Nadal at Barcelona Open, 2012, still the point difference between these two legends is 1290 points.

Since Roger Federer has to retain 360 points at Madrid Open by virtue of being semi-finalist in 2011 & 45 points at Rome (Italian Open) as he lost in 3rd Round in Italian Open, 2011.




Ok, now, that Roger Federer has regained No. 2 ranking after Madrid Open, I made a completely new post on what Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal need to do to retain/regain no. 2 ranking after Italian Open, 2012 to get the no. 2 seeding for French Open, 2012::




Please read all further details as to how Roger federer can get back the No. 2 ATP Ranking from Rafael Nadal before French Open, 2012 (Roland Garros, 2012), on our tennis site ——————————————

French Open Finals

Well,  its been almost 40 days without posting a Blog & believe you me, these 40 days are looking like almost 40 years because of numerous reasons !!


So, Here, I am on the eve of yet another mouth-watering Nadal vs Federer epic clash to share with you my most special moments of French Open !!!


Believe it or not, it will be the 22nd Final of French Open that I will be seeing :)… Yes, if you read it rightly, I have been seeing and following Grand Slams ever since I was 4 y/o :)……


The first French Open Final that I saw was in 1989  (4-June-1989) , The year of Michael Chang, the New Teenage sensation whom every one described as the greatest youngest player of all time !!!


Here’s a rare picture of Chang Holding the French Open Trophy.. Photo taken on June 4th, 1989…. I still remember, that evening, attended a birthday party of a friend and I was more interested in seeing the score and television rather than talking to any one 🙂




I consider French Open as so special because it’s the real test of Strength, Power and of course, Perseverance…


When I think of Power-house and Perseverance, of course, the Names of


Sergi Bruguera the winner of 1993 & 1994 Title


Sergi Bruguera in a winning Moment after defeating Jim Courier on 6-June-1993



How can I ever forget the come back man, one of the real Heroes, Thomas Muster (The King Of Clay).. If by chance, you don’t know Thomas Muster, please search about him now and you will be stunned….



Thomas Muster, kissing the trophy on 11-June-1995 :).. This picture is pasted on all my books and I always draw inspiration from Thomas (A real champ & true example of Never Say Never)



Continuing the tradition of Power Houses & Strengths, how can one ever forget the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten ( #GUGA )…The winner of 1997, 2001 and 2001 title 🙂



The ever smiling Guga in a happy mood on 8-June-1997 🙂



Of all these years, the happiest year of my Life was indeed 1999 :)…This was the year when Andre Agassi won the French Open and became only the fifth male player in the Open Era to win all Grand Slams :)) …..


(Ofcourse, 6th Now is Roger Federer and 7th is Rafael Nadal)



Andre Agassi in an Emotional victorious moment on 7th June, 1999 after winning the French Open beating Andrei Medvedev in five sets…



This was probably the first time that I also cried after seeing a Tennis match and I can never forget a single point of that emotional match #NOSTALGIA !!!


The 2002 and 2003 finals were won by Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero and indeed these are the only two years of my Tennis life, of which I have the least memories :)…


The 2004 final was arguably the most weird match in French Open History !!


Guillermo Coria had won the first two sets against  Gaston Gaudio in virtually no time.. Then, all of a sudden, Coria got a cramp & lost the next two sets in the blink of an eye !!!


What still amazes me, all of a sudden, how Coria got energy & strength to fight so hard in the 5th set & he really gave a tough fight & won so many hearts before losing 8-6 in the final set…


He still remains one of those all time best clay court players who couldn’t ever win a French Open !!! I can never ever forget the almost perfect quarter-final that he played against Agassi in 2003..If you missed that match, boy O boy, U missed the meaning of perfect example of how to play on Clay court !!!



Gaudio posing with the French Open trophy after winning in the most Weird final played on 6-June-2004 🙂






French Open of 2005 saw the Hurricane Rafael Nadal making his Debut at the French Open and that started one of the greatest Rivalry in the Tennis History !!!


Roger Federer & Nadal met each other for the first time in a Grand Slam 0n 3-June- 2005  (How can any one ever forget that date: being the Birthday of  Rafa also)….


Nadal defeated Roger 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3


King Roger congratulating the young Teenager on his b’day : 3-June-2005…

Ofcourse, Roger cried after giving this hug to Rafa ….


Two days later i.e. on 5-June-2005, Rafa became the second male player to win the French Open on his first attempt after Mats Wilander did it in 2005 !!!


Nadal with his first French open title trophy ( 5th-June-2005 )


2006 : & The Rivalry continues 🙂


2006 Again saw the Great champs, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal playing in the Finals again on 11-June-2005… Though, Roger won the first set quite easily 6-1 in very windy conditions, but all of a sudden, Roger’s game especially his back hand absolutely deserted him & Rafa won the next three sets 6–1, 6–4, 7–6 (7-4)



Rafa with this title trophy and Roger with his runner up trophy ….Of course, Roger cried but had covered his face with a towel





2007 : The Year of Rains & Of course, The Rivalry Continues !!!!!


2007 French Open will always be remembered for the continuous rains and of course, the Rivalry continuing between these great champs..


This time, the Final was played on 10th June – 2005 and the first set was won by Rafa 6-3 with amazing ground strokes , but Roger made a come-back by winning the second 6-4 , But Rafa in sheer display of flaw-less tennis won the next two sets 6-3 & 6-4 !!!!


Nadal & Roger with their trophies … Guga in center ………


Yes, Roger cried very badly that year and his tears were next to what he got after losing in the Aus Open in 2009 :(((




An interesting fact for all Indian fans,  2007 French open saw 2004 Miss world competition winner & now, Mrs. Aishwarya Rai bachchan attending a couple of matches 🙂


Mrs. Bachchan watching a match during 2007 French Open @ Roland Garros.






2008 : Rivalry still continues but one of the most disappointing finale !!!


2008 French Open began with the sad news of Justin Henin retiring from Tennis & Also, with the news that it will be Guga’s Goodbye to the Tennis world !!


Unfortunately, 8th June – 2008 is a witness of being the only day in Tennis History when the King Roger Federer let himself & his Fans down & out with a hope-less display 🙁


Nadal won 6-1 , 6-3, 6-0 & the score-line still makes me very-very sad 🙁


ROGER looking as dejected as a wet hen & yes, he did cry a lot & infact, all his fans did that day for sure 🙁




2009 : The year of History in Making & Time for Some sweet Revenge !!!


2009 will always be remembered by all Roger fans as the Golden year of the century :)… Mainly Thanks to Soderling who managed to defeat Nadal on 31-May-2009 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–4, 7–6(2) [All you roger fans, please don’t get angry on me for this special thanks to soderling] 🙂


Finally, on 7th June, 2011, Roger completed his  Career Grand Slam collection by defeating Robin Soderling 6–1, 7–6(1), 6–4…


It was Roger’s 14th Grand Slam & equalled Sampras’s record & also he became just the third player in the Open era (after Rod Laver and Andre Agassi) and sixth player in tennis history overall to accomplish that. He became only the second player in tennis history (after Agassi) to do it on three different surfaces (hard, clay and grass) 😛


Federer reacting after winning the match !!!


How just, Roger got the trophy from Agassi who completed his Career Grand Slam exactly 10 years in 1999 🙂

The Expression says it all.. What a man, what a player, what a Legend !!!


This victory really meant so much for Fedex , the expression says it all !!




2010 ::  First Time in six years & return of the Hurricane Nadal


2010 French Open will always be remembered for being the first time since the 2004 French Open that Federer did not reach at least the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament… He lost out to Soderling in the Quarter Finals on 1st June- 2010 🙁


Eventually, Nadal won the Final by defeating Soderling 6–4, 6–2, 6–4 on 6th June – 2010….




Also, btw, 2010 French Open also saw Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attending French Open once again.. Few Pics ::




2011: And the Great Rivalry continues & eventually the winner is


Again, Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer to win the French Open 2011 …..


Nadal defeated Roger 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1 on June 5th-2011 & the win allowed him to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of six Roland Garros crowns and also means he holds on to the world No.1 ranking



The two Greatest champions and the most perfect brand Ambassadors of this great sport…


Well, the zillion dollar question still remains will Roger be ever able to beat Rafa at French Open ?? Or will it always remain a Dream for Roger & his fans ?? Don’t forget to give your valuable comments 🙂


Thanks a lot for reading …