The 2008 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts.It was the 107th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year.Four-time winner in Roland-Garros, where she defeated Kim Clijsters in 2003, Mary Pierce in 2005, Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2006 and Ana Ivanovic in 2007, Henin became the first player, at 25, to stop her career while holding the number one rank.Despite undergoing a poor run in the 2008 season, Henin was still considered to be a strong favourite for the French Open crown.Also advancing were seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, No. Bertens, who upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the previous round, won the Nuremberg tournament last week as a qualifier.Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic reached the third round, too, hitting 35 winners in a 7-5, 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara. 28 Andrea Petkovic lost to Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-2."It was difficult for me tactically to dictate points because he's very talented," Djokovic said."It was difficult but I'm happy I was able to finish in three sets." The other men with 50 victories at the French Open -- Nadal, Federer, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Nicola Pietrangeli --all won at least one title at the clay-court tournament.
Justine Henin did not defend her trophy due to her retirement from the sport on May 14.
Ana Ivanovic, the runner-up to Henin in 2007, won the Women's Singles.
On the men's side, Rafael Nadal won the Men's Singles, and equalled Björn Borg's record of four consecutive French Open titles in the open era.
"I'm very happy to be competitive again." Chasing the only Grand Slam tournament missing from his trophy collection, Djokovic won his 50th match at Roland Garros by defeating Darcis.
Djokovic said he struggled to cope with his opponent's speed from the baseline.
Henin returned at the end of the women's tournament, and presented new champion Ana Ivanovic with the trophy.