Fine line between great player and greatness
For better or for worse, Grand Slam titles are almost solely the currency by which greatness is measured, writes Greg Garber.
PARIS -- Marat Safin, at 27, still cuts a relatively dashing figure. Think D'Artagnan a few swashes short of a buckle.
The strapping Russian, once ranked No. 1 in the world, is now No. 25, behind lesser lights like Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov. Crow's feet frame his brown eyes and his left knee complains on a daily basis. And yet, he has won more matches this year than he has lost, which counts for something.
Seven autumns ago, for two weeks, there was no one better ...
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2007 FRENCH OPEN
May 27-June 10
Women: Justine Henin
Men: Rafael Nadal
• Henin wins third straight title
• DeSimone: Henin's personal journey
• Garber: Third set hard to come by in final
• Top 10 facts about Henin
• Federer-Nadal daily watch
• Making the case for Rafa, Roger
• It's Federer vs. Nadal in French Open final
• Garber: Another record for Roger
• DeSimone: Rafa rolling toward third final
• DeSimone: Ivanovic coach-free for final
• Who will win women's final?