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By Nick Georgandis
If hearing Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams' names praised again and again over the past week is starting to sound like a broken record, well it's probably because the pair keep breaking records.
Both players further cemented their legacies in the ATP and WTA record books with their victories at the French Open last Sunday. Here's a look at some of the marks set for the two champions and a number of other players at Roland Garros over the past two weeks.
● Nadal moved past Bjorn Borg into sole possession of third place in Grand Slams won with 12. Pete Sampras is second with 14.
● Nadal moved into fourth in career Grand Slam finals with his 17th, one ahead of Borg and Jimmy Connors, one behind Sampras for third.
● Nadal appeared in his 20th career semifinal, sixth all time, moving past John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg.
● Nadal and Novak Djokovic each appeared in his 24th career Slam quarterfinal, tying them for eighth all-time.
● Roger Federer made his 40th Slam quarterfinal appearance, and trails Jimmy Connors by just one for the all-time led.
● Nadal now has 164 career Grand Slam wins, good for eighth place. He moved one pat Boris Becker and trails McEnroe by three.
● Djokovic entered the Top 10 in Grand Slam victories with 164. Federer is now at 256, easily the all-time leader.
● Djokovic extended his streak of consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances to 12, second all-time. Federer is first at 23.
● Federer extended his record of consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals to 36. Djokovic is now second with 16.
● This was Federer's 54th straight appearance in a Slam. He is two behind Wayne Ferreira and Stefan Edberg for the most ever. David Ferrer has appeared in 42 straight, good for seventh all-time, Fernando Verdasco 40 straight, ninth most, and Tomas Berdych 10th with 39 straight.
● Nadal tied the record he already shares with himself and Bjorn Borg for his fourth straight French open title.
● With 59 French Open career victories, Nadal surpassed Guillermo Vilas for the most all-time. Federer is tied for second with 58.
● Nadal's 28 straight wins at the French Open is the second-most ever, trailing only the 31 he won in a row from 2005-2009.
● With a 12-5 record in Grand Slam finals, Nadal is third in finals winning percentage at 70.59%. Federer is second at 70.83%.
● Nadal's winning percentage at Roland Garros is now 98.33%, first all-time. Federer is seventh at 80.56% and Djokovic is eighth at 80.00%.
● This is Nadal's ninth straight season winning at least one Slam, tying him with Borg for the longest streak in Open Era history.
● This is Nadal's 57th ATP title in his career, tying him for ninth all-time with Ilie Nastase. He is second among active players behind Federer (76).
● It was Nadal's 80th ATP final, good for 10th place all-time.
● No man has ever won a tournament more than eight times. Nadal now has that record thrice over with eight wins at Roland Garros, Monte Carlo and Barcelona; the only other man to do so was Vilas, who won Buenos Aires eight times.
● This is Nadal's 42nd career title on clay, good for second place all-time, four behind Vilas for first.
● This is Nadal's 55th career title outside. He trails Vilas, Federer and Connors by one for the most ever.
● With 16 singles Slams, Serena Williams is within two of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for third all-time.
● Williams has reached 23 singles Slam semifinals, passing Evonne Goolagong for fifth place.
● Francesca Schiavone has appeared in 50 straight Grand Slam events, fifth all-time.
● Williams has 46 French open wins, good for seventh all-time. Maria Sharapova has 43, good for eighth.
● Williams surpassed Sharapova in French Open winning percentage at 82.14% (46-10) for seventh place. Sharapova is at 81.13% (43-10) and Svetlana Kuznetsova is ninth at 80.39% (41-10).
● Williams is third in all-time Grand Slam winning percentage at 87.08% (236-35) and No. 1 in finals winning percertage at 80.00% (16-4).
● Williams won her 52nd tour title, putting her one behind Monica Seles for 5th in the Open Era.
● It was Williams' 68th final, tying her for eighth in Open Era history with Martina Hingis.