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The underdog has its day at Roland Garros

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The honors board at Roland Garros may well be emblazoned with the names of Roger Federer and Dinara Safina on Sunday night, but that won't even begin to tell the full story.

Whatever the eventual outcome, the French Open has been the tournament of the underdog.

While this Parisian fortnight will not be blessed with a dream men's final of Rafael Nadal vs. Federer, like for the past three years, it has been packed with a constant and enthralling medley of twisting story lines and spectacular subplots.

And though Federer and Safina are now overwhelming favorites to snatch their 14th and first Grand Slam crowns respectively, there is still a chance for the most unlikely of victors in both draws.

Of the eight singles players still in contention, one man and two women enter the semifinals with an opportunity to complete an incredible fairytale run.

Samantha Stosur has been primarily known as a doubles specialist her entire career, yet the Australian has embarked upon a remarkable run through to a semifinal showdown with Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Dominika Cibulkova has never won a main tour event, yet she destroyed Maria Sharapova in the quarters and will face Safina for a spot in the final.

And on the men's side, Robin Soderling, a perennial underachiever in Grand Slams who had made only the third round of a major on four occasions and never progressed further, is just two matches away from the title.

All three have lit up the tournament. Stosur's grit and determination, Cibulkova's clay court mastery and Soderling's finally fulfilled potential have been a joy to watch.

Tennis is a sport that thrives on big names and heated rivalries between its top stars.

Yet the underdog has had its day at Roland Garros, and the tournament has been better for it.

With four days to go, the French Open has already marked itself as the favorite to go down as the most dramatic and unpredictable event of 2009.

Vive le underdog!

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