So far, thirteen Argentines in all of history had managed to get among the four best of the Parisian Grand Slam. There were only two champions.
Parisian brick dust was forever part of the great dream of Argentine tennis players. But only two throughout history managed to consecrate themselves at Roland Garros: Guillermo Vilas in 1977 and Gastón Gaudio in the remembered final against Guillermo Coria in 2004. The last antecedent of an Argentine in the final is that of Mariano Puerta, who fell against Rafael Nadal in 2005.
Nadia Podoroska and Diego Schwartzman have already installed their names in the Argentine history of the historic Grand Slam that takes place in France. And they want more.
Until now, thirteen Argentines they had managed to get into the top four at Roland Garros, of which nine failed to advance to the deciding match.
The story had started far and long ago, when the remembered Enrique Morea entered the semis in 1953 and 1954. He could never go beyond that instance.
Vilas was the only one who played more than one final: before the victory in 1977 (he swept Brian Gottfried 6-0 6-3 and 6-0) had reached the last game in 1975, when he fell against Bjorn Borg (6-2, 6-3, 6-4) and then in the 1978 editions (he lost again to Borg 6-1, 6-1, 6-3) and 1982 (loss to the Swede Mats Wilander 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4).
If it is about the semifinals, one of the most remembered editions is 2004, which had three Argentines disputing the tickets to the decisive clash. Gaudio achieved it by beating Cordovan David Nalbandian while Guillermo Coria was a finalist after beating the British Tim Henman, who in the quarterfinals had defeated Juan Ignacio Chela and thus prevented the complete sky blue and white poker.
Enrique Morea: 1953, 1954
Raquel Giscafré: 1974
José Luis Clerc: 1981, 1982
Gabriela Sabatini: 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992
Franco Squillari: 2000
Clarisa Fernández: 2002
Paola Suarez: 2004
David Nalbandian: 2004, 2006
Juan Martin del Potro: 2009, 2018
Guillermo Vilas: He was champion in 1977 and reached the final also in 1975, 1978 and 1982.