During Federer's absence, Rafa Nadal won four clay tournaments, culminating in Sunday's French Open victory.
Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko emerged as champions at French Open 2017 but there were plenty of other interesting stories and results. Take a look at some of the defining moments from Paris.
Konta, Britain's highest ranked player, lost in the first round of the 2017 French Open to Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.
Rafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club.
A crushing 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Court Philippe Chatrier made Rafael Nadal the most successful player at a single Slam in the professional era.
Nadal last topped the ATP rankings in 2013 and will look to finish the year at the No 1 spot ahead of Briton Andy Murray.
Sunday’s final was supposed to be between one of the game’s best attackers versus the ultimate defender. But whether it was his conditioning or Nadal’s all-court superiority, by the second set Wawrinka looked like he had no fight left.
French Open 2017: From Roger Federer to Billie Jean King, Twitter reactions to Rafael Nadal's 'La Decima'
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French Open 2017: Spectacular Rafael Nadal demolishes Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to complete 'La Decima'
Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final.
Nadal, in tennis terms, cannot go back to the works of his youth. But his game is relevant, it succeeds. So he can look to the future. Nadal is going to be here for a while.
Rafael Nadal, bidding to win the French Open for the 10th time, faces 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. Follow our live blog for scores and updates from the final.
Rafael Nadal obliterated 2015 Roland Garros champion Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man to win a single Grand Slam title 10 times.
Rafael Nadal triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.
French Open 2017: Jelena Ostapenko's Roland Garros victory signals arrival of next generation of stars
Jelena Ostapenko, the lowest-ranked Roland Garros champion in tournament history, bludgeoned her way to the title in a manner much befitting her idol, Serena Williams.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova beat unseeded Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-2, 6-1 for their third successive major title.
Michael Venus became New Zealand's first Grand Slam champion since 1974 on Saturday when he partnered American Ryan Harrison to the French Open men's doubles title.
French Open 2017: When and where to watch Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka, coverage on TV and live streaming
Here's all you need to know about catching Sunday's French Open 2017 final between Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka.
French Open 2017: Jelena Ostapenko says she wants to win remaining Grand Slams after clinching title
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko will head to Wimbledon as the sport's newest star admitting that she once believed grass courts were suitable only for football and not tennis.
French Open 2017: Jelena Ostapenko stuns Simona Halep in three sets to become youngest woman to lift title in 20 years
Relive 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko's stunning victory over Simona Halep in the women's singles final of the French Open.
Rafael Nadal is favourite to win his 10th French Open title when he faces Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.