2013 French Open: Interesting Facts from Men's Tournament

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIJune 7, 2013

Rafael Nadal booked his spot into the French Open final for the eighth time on Friday, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached his 12th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, and Roger Federer extended his record of consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals reached to 36.

Aside from that, not much has gone to form at Roland Garros this year.

Looking across the net from Nadal in Sunday's final will be a player whose last name starts with F. But it's not Federer, rather countryman David Ferrer.

Let's take a look at some other out-of-the-ordinary happenings from the fortnight:

For only the third time since the 2005 Wimbledon Championsips, neither Federer nor Djokovic will be playing in the final of a Grand Slam event (Nadal defeated Robin Soderling, 2010 French Open; Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych, 2010 Wimbledon). This was somewhat a product of the draw pitting Djokovic and Nadal on the same side. At least one of Federer or Djokovic has made every Grand Slam final on a hard-court surface since the 2005 US Open.

There was a semifinal played without at least one of the Big Four in men's tennis (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray) for the first time since the 2010 French Open (Soderling defeated Berdych) when Ferrer did battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.

Federer failed to win a set in a Grand Slam match against someone not named Nadal or Djokovic for the first time since his 2004 French Open third-round loss to Gustavo Kuerten when he went down to Tsonga 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Federer, Andy Roddick and Guillermo Coria were the top three seeds in that tournament, and it was also the last time the Swiss Maestro did not reach at least the quarterfinal stage of a major. 

Ferrer became the first player to be a first-time Grand Slam finalist since Berdych at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Nadal dropped opening sets in both his first-round and second-round matches and was also pushed to five sets in the semifinals by Djokovic. It was only the second time he has played a five-set match at the French Open.

Tommy Robredo became the first man in the Open Era to record three straight five-set wins when trailing two sets to none.

Marathon man John Isner saved a record 12 match points before finally losing on the the 13th in a third-round encounter with 35-year-old Tommy Haas.

Ferrer, not Nadal, enters the final without having dropped a set in any of his matches. Nadal has won two of his French Open titles without losing a set, but enters the final having dropped four sets this year.

Men's tennis has been characterized by a lot of consistency by the top players in recent history. It is nice to see some other guys getting a shot at glory in this tournament, but ultimately Nadal is likely to win the event and capture his eighth French Open title.

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