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flashback: the wonder boy, circa 1985




Flashback:
As Bernard Tomic became the fourth youngest Wimbledon (male) quarterfinalist of all time today by beating Xavier Malisse in the fourth round, we thought it appropriate to look back at the Wonder Boy himself, Mr. Boris Becker. The 1985 champ was just 17 when he won at the All England Club and Tomic joins the German, Bjorn Borg and Johnny Mac in the category of teenage quarterfinalists. A good omen?

Next up? Tomic has Novak Djokovic in the quarters

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flashback: jana's tears, 1993



No pleasure in this pain. Well, this story has a happy ending. But Jana Novotna‘s 1993 choke in the Wimbledon final — and her subsequent crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent — rang in at no. 1 on a Tennis Channel countdown of greatest chokes of all time. And how could we not give it a little bit of ink prior to the grasscourt season flying into full force over the next month? Novotna swatted away a 4-1 third-set lead against Steffi Graf to lose in the Wimbledon final that year, but after losing to Martina Hingis in the ’97 title match, she finally walked away (rightfully so) as champ in 1998. Check out her crying below.

More: Caroline Wozniacki stays alive in Copenhagen | Ivanovic leads charge at Eastbourne

The men: Tsonga upsets Rafa, Murray takes out A-Rod and a surprise run by a British wildcard at Queens | Draw

flashback: some things never change




Forever young. Above, a 20-year-old Francesca Schiavone playing in the 2001 French Open quarterfinals against Martina Hingis. Did you know Franny lost in the opening round in 2009 to … Samantha Stosur? She went on to beat the same lady last year here in the final. She’s 35-10 in her career at Roland Garros. Below, Li Na smacks a ball at the 2005 US Open as a 23-year-old against Lindsay Davenport. Na had never played the French prior to 2006. She’s also never lost to a player outside of the top 20 here. Last year she was scooted out of the tourney by one Francesca Schiavone in the third round. Career-wise she’s 15-4 in Paris.

More: Previewing the ladies’ final


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flashback: stan the man



Gettin’ down: Stanislas Wawrinka needed to remind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga about who was seeded higher at this year’s French Open, and it wasn’t easy: it took Stan about four hours to log the third-round 4-6, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tsonga. He lost the subsequent round — a Swiss-fest against Roger Federer. (Read up: Roger and Stan’s career head-to-head; Pt. 2: French Open Men’s Singles Draw)

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fo flashback: yannick and mary




Merci beaucoup. While hope has been dashed on the men’s side with Gael Monfils and a host of other players (Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to name a few) bowing out of the Roland Garros draw, tomorrow Marion Bartoli will take the court in a semifinal against Francesca Schiavone carrying her nation’s flag and the hope of a long-suffering people. Mary Pierce was the last homegrown hero to take this title back in 2000 (before her it was Francoise Durr in 1967), and Pierce — who had an even more topsy-turvy relationship with the French crowd (and stranger dad) than Bartoli — wasn’t necessary the apple of Paris’ eye. Pierce also reached the final in 1994 and 2005. TSF Vault: Mary Pierce

That title might belong to Yannick Noah, the Frenchman who was a one-Slam wonder with his stunning win at RG in 1983. He would reach just one other Slam semi in his career — at the 1990 Aussie Open. But as noted back in 2008, he’s beloved in France.

Checking in: Men’s draw | Women’s draw

PS from the GS. The French youngster that had potential champ Maria Sharapova 1-6 1-4 down in the second round, Caroline Garcia, survived a doozy in her second round match in the girls singles draw, beating Catalina Pella of Argentina 4-6 6-2 9-7. | More: Girl’s draw

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