Biggest upsets at the French Open
2010: Soderling snaps Federer's streak
After he reaching the semifinals in a record 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, Roger Federer had that impressive streak snapped by Robin Soderling on June 1, 2010. Soderling overpowered Federer in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, blasting 14 aces and 49 winners. Avenging his 2009 French Open championship defeat to Federer, Soderling also recorded his first career victory over Federer after losing the first 12 times the two met.
2009: Nadal shocked by Soderling
Heading into the 2009 French Open, four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal (pictured) already had won three clay-court titles that year. But his perfect 31-0 singles record at Roland Garros received his first blemish when he was shocked by Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the fourth round. No. 23 Soderling had managed to take just one game off Nadal when the two faced each other on clay a month earlier.
2004: Garbin ousts Henin
Defending French Open champion Justine Henin was knocked out in the second round of the 2004 tournament by Tathiana Garbin (pictured), matching the earliest exit by a defending women's champion. Garbin was ranked 86th in the world at the time of her win.
2002: Henin bounced by qualifier Kapros
When 18-year-old qualifier Aniko Kapros upset No. 5 Justine Henin (pictured) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the 2002 French Open, it was the first time in three Grand Slam appearances that the Hungarian player ranked No. 179 in the world picked up a win. At the time, Kapros didn't even have a photo in the WTA Tour's official player guide.
2001: Mauresmo falls short against Kandarr
After winning four tournaments leading up to the 2001 French Open, No. 5 Amelie Mauresmo (pictured) was considered a title threat. But she wasted a 5-1 lead in the second set of her first round match against Jana Kandarr and was ousted by a 7-5, 7-5 score. The win elevated Kandarr to her career-high ranking of No. 43.
1997: Kuerten captures title
Gustavo Kuerten lost in the first round of the French Open in 1996 and was ranked No. 66 in the world when he entered the 1997 field. But by topping such notable opponents as former champions No. 5 Thomas Muster (1995), No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1996) and No. 16 Sergi Bruguera (1993, 1994) along the way, Kuerten became the third-lowest-seeded Grand Slam champion in the Open era.
1997: Majoli dispatches Hingis in final
Going into the French Open women's final in 1997, 16-year-old Martina Hingis (left) hadn't lost a single match all year. That changed when 19-year-old Iva Majoli, the No. 9 seed, upset No. 1 Hingis by a 6-4, 6-2 score to become the lowest seeded Grand Slam women's champion of the Open era.
1996: Agassi upset by Woodruff
After suffering a disappointing 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2 defeat against journeyman Chris Woodruff in the second round of the 1996 French Open, Andre Agassi (pictured) skipped the obligatory post-match news conference and was fined $2,000. Woodruff, ranked No. 72 in the world, benefited from Agassi's 63 unforced errors and 12 double faults.
1995: Sampras ousted early by Schaller
Suffering his earliest exit at a major tournament in five years, Pete Sampras (pictured) lost in the first round at Roland Garros in 1995. He had made the quarterfinals at the event each of the previous three years. Sampras' opponent, Gilbert Schaller, had won just one match in his previous seven Grand Slam appearances but entered the French Open off a clay-court Tour win. The final score was 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
1994: Edberg on the losing end against Holm
After a marathon match lasting around four hours, No. 3 Stefan Edberg (pictured) was bounced in the first round of the 1994 tournament, losing to unseeded Swedish compatriot Henrik Holm by a 7-5, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-4 score.
1994: Navratilova one and done at Oremans' hands
Martina Navratilova (pictured) may have been 37 years old and less than a year away from retiring, but it was still a shock when she lost in the first round of the 1994 French Open. Her 6-4, 6-4 loss to Miriam Oremans marked the earliest Grand Slam exit for the 18-time major champion since the 1976 U.S. Open.
1993: Huet handles Lendl
A French qualifier ranked No. 297 in the world got the better of three-time French Open champion and eight-time Slam champion Ivan Lendl in the first round of the 1993 tournament. Stephane Huet (pictured) was making his first Grand Slam appearance, while No. 7 Lendl was playing in a major for the 51st time, but Huet prevailed by a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, 7-6 (2) score. Lendl would retire the following year.
1990: Sanchez Vicario knocked out by Paz
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's second-round loss in 1990 marked the earliest French Open exit ever by a defending women's singles champion. She was knocked out by her doubles partner, Mercedes Paz, in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 match.
1989: Chang captures championship
At 17 years and 3 months, Michael Chang became the youngest-ever French Open men's champion when he won in 1989. To do so, he had to oust No. 1 Ivan Lendl, the two-time defending champion and three-time champion overall, by rallying from two sets down in the fourth round and beat No. 3 Stefan Edberg in another five-set battle in the championship round. While Chang was the No. 15 seed at the tournament, he had won just one Tour title prior to his surprising French Open run.
1989: Sanchez Vicario gets the better of Graf
Ending Steffi Graf's quest for her second straight calendar-year Grand Slam, 17-year-old Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (pictured) pulled out a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 victory in the championship match, winning the final four games in the final set to pull off the upset. While Sanchez Vicario would go on to win a total of 29 singles titles (including four Slams), this was just her third win.
1989: Zvereva upset by Reggi
One year after being blanked by Steffi Graf in the French Open final, No. 3 Natalie Zvereva (pictured) lost again on the Roland Garros courts - but this time it was in the first round. Zvereva had a comfortable 5-2 lead in the second set before Raffaella Reggi rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory. Zvereva did win the French Open women's doubles title that year, however.
1987: Edberg falls to Winogradsky
Ranked just 152nd in the world, Eric Winogradsky needed a wild card to get into the 1987 French Open. He made the most of his appearance, beating No. 3 Stefan Edberg (pictured) in three tight sets, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-5, and advancing to the third round. Edberg had won the Australian Open that year and subsequently reached the semifinals in the year's other two majors.
1982: Unseeded Wilander earns major title
Just 17 years old and making his first-ever French Open appearance, unseeded Mats Wilander shocked the field by ousting No. 2 Ivan Lendl (the winner in 1984, 1986 and 1987), No. 5 Vitas Gerulaitis (a former runner-up), No. 4 Jose Luis Clerc and No. 3 Guillermo Vilas (the winner in 1997 and three-time runner-up) en route to claiming the championship. Not only was it his first major title, but it also was his first Tour title ever.
1973: Orantes ousted by N'Godrella
Frenchman Wanaro N'Godrella's International Tennis Federation career consisted of 49 losses and 26 wins, but one of those victories came in a French Open upset. N'Godrella knocked off No. 5 Manuel Orantes (pictured), who had made it to the semis the previous year at Roland Garros and would be the runner-up the following year, by a score of 6-0, 7-6.
1971: Court curtailed in third round
Halting Margaret Smith Court's (pictured) bid for her second straight calendar-year Grand Slam - and keeping the Australian from winning her third straight women's singles title at the French Open - unseeded Gail Chanfreau knocked off the No. 1 seed by a 6-3, 6-4 score in the third round in 1971. Chanfreau bowed out in the next round, but she did win that year's women's doubles title.