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20 Facts About the US Open

20 Facts About the US Open

Men’s Singles

  • After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon in 2021, Novak Djokovic will attempt to complete a Grand Slam in the Men’s singles for the first time since Rod Laver in 1969; in fact only two players achieved that previously: Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969).
  • Novak Djokovic has won eight of the last 12 Grand Slam tournaments, with the other four in that span being won by Rafael Nadal (3) and Dominic Thiem (1).
  • Novak Djokovic has failed to pass the fourth round in each of his last two appearances at the US Open after reaching at least the semi-finals in each of his previous 11 appearances at Flushing Meadows (3 titles).
  • Novak Djokovic has played in eight US Open finals (W3 L5), the best tally in the Open Era alongside Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
  • The last American man to reach the US Open final was Andy Roddick, 14 years ago in 2006 when he lost to Roger Federer. Andy Roddick was also the last US player to win the tournament, in 2003.
  • Sam Querrey (2017) and John Isner (2018) are the only American players to have reached the quarter-finals of the US Open since the beginning of 2012.
  • Pete Sampras (19 years and 28 days) became the youngest ever men’s US Open champion when he won in 1990, while Ken Rosewall (35y, 10m, 11d) was the oldest to win in the Open Era, in 1970.
  • The longest match to take place in the US Open was in 1992 when Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang played for 5 hours and 26 minutes.
  • 16 of the last 17 winners of the US Open men’s singles have been European with Juan Martin del Potro’s win in 2009 the exception. Prior to this run 10 of the previous 11 champions had been non-Europeans.
  • Only three players that will take part in the 2021 US Open have previously won the tournament: Novak Djokovic (2011, 2015 & 2018), Andy Murray (2012) and Marin Cilic (2014).
  • The US Open is the only men’s Grand Slam in the Open Era that has not seen a player win the competition without dropping a set on his route to the title.
  • Alexander Zverev’s only Grand Slam final came during the US Open 2020 (lost against Dominic Thiem) but he never managed to go further to the fourth round in his previous five appearances at Flushing Meadows; he was the only player to serve 100+ aces during the US Open 2020 (131) but also made the most double faults (64).
  • Alexander Zverev lost the 2020 US Open final against Dominic Thiem despite being two sets up, the first time that’s happened in a US Open final in the Open Era; it was also the first time that the US Open final was decided by a fifth set tie-break.
  • Daniil Medvedev is the only player to have reached the semi-finals in each of the last two editions of the US Open (final in 2019 and semi-final in 2020); in fact, he has won 76% of his games played at the US Open, his best winning percentage in a Grand Slam tournament.
  • Marin Cilic’s only Grand Slam win was at the US Open in 2014. However, he has reached the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament only twice since the beginning of 2016 (runner-up at Wimbledon 2017 and Australian Open 2018).
Cilic 2014 US open
  • The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Andrey Rublev has reached the quarter-finals on multiple occasions (2017 & 2020); his last two defeats in Grand Slam tournaments came against unseeded players (Jan Lennard Struff at Roland Garros and Marton Fucsovics at Wimbledon).
  • The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which David Goffin has never reached the quarter-finals; he has been eliminated in the fourth round in each of the last four years at Flushing Meadows.
  • Matteo Berrettini has reached the quarter-finals in each of his last two Grand Slam tournaments, losing against Novak Djokovic in both those tournaments (Roland Garros quarter-final and Wimbledon final); he reached that stage in only one of his previous 12 Grand Slam tournaments, but it was during the US Open 2019 (semi-final lost against Rafael Nadal).
  • The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which John Isner has reached the quarter-final in multiple years (2011 & 2018). However, he has never gone further than that stage at Flushing Meadows; he had the best first serve % during the US Open 2020 (78.4%).
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached at least the semi-finals in two of his three Grand Slam appearances in 2021 (SF at the Australia Open and Final at the French Open); the US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament he failed to pass the third round.
  • Denis Shapovalov has reached the quarter-finals in two of his last four Grand Slam tournaments, including a semi-final in the recent Wimbledon; the US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where he has won more than 60% of his matches (73%).
  • Andy Murray has never progressed further than the third round in the five Grand Slam tournaments he took part in since the beginning of 2018; he reached at least the quarter-finals in 24 of his previous 26 appearances in a Grand Slam tournament but has not reached the semi-final at the US Open since lifting the trophy in 2012

Women’s Singles

  • Serena Williams’ next Grand Slam victory will be her 24th, equalling Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women’s tennis.
  • Serena Williams has won the joint-most US Open women’s tournaments in Open Era (six, level with Chris Evert).
  • Serena Williams hasn’t won any of the last 17 Majors titles after she achieved to win 10 of the previous 19 (including three successes at the US Open in 2014, 2015 and 2017).
  • None of the last three US Open tournaments have been won by an American player (Naomi Osaka in 2018 and 2020, and Bianca Andreescu in 2020): the last time no Americans have won the title at Flushing Meadows for more seasons in a row was between 2003 and 2007 (five years).
  • Sloane Stephens, the last American player to win at the US Open in 2017, has been the player with highest ranking (83) to win at Flushing Meadows in 2000s.
Sloan Stephens 2017 US open
  • Ashleigh Barty is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles in the same year since Serena Williams in 2015 (Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon).
  • Ashleigh Barty has been the first Australian player to win Ladies’ Singles main draw at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong in 1980 and is looking to become the first Australian to lift the trophy at the US Open since Samantha Stosur in 2011.
  • In the Open Era, only eight players have won Wimbledon and US Open in the same year: Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Serena Williams the last to do so in 2012.
  • Naomi Osaka could be the first woman to win consecutive titles at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 2012-2014 (three in a row).
  • Osaka is the only player with at least one Grand Slam title over the last four seasons (Australian Open 2019 and 2021, US Open 2018 and 2020).
  • Simona Halep in 2018 against Kaia Kanepi has been the only top-ranked seeded player to be defeated in the First Round at the US Open in the Open Era.
  • US Open is the only Major tournament in which Simona Halep has never reached the final: her best result at Flushing Meadows has been a semi-final achieved in 2015, defeat by the eventual winner Flavia Pennetta.
  • Aryna Sabalenka has reached the joint-most semi-finals in 2021 (five): however, she has been eliminated in the last two (Wimbledon and Montréal, both against Karolina Pliskova) after having won the first three.
  • Bianca Andreescu has won three career WTA titles, all in 2019 on hard courts including her success at the US Open: she is the only Canadian player ever to have won a women’s single Major title.
  • Garbine Muguruza is the player with the most wins (24, including a tournament victory in Dubai) so far this season on hard courts in WTA main draws. However, she lost two finals on these courts in 2021 – Doha and Yara Valley Classic – a joint negative record since the start of the season (same as Viktorija Golubic).
  • Darya Kasatkina has won the joint-most titles (two, level with Ashleigh Barty – St. Petersburg and Phillip Island Trophy) and played the joint-most finals (three, alongside Garbine Muguruza – lost in San Jose v Danielle Rose Collins) in 2021 WTA main draws in hard courts.
  • Only Evonne Goolagong has reached more US Open finals in the Open Era (four) than Victoria Azarenka (three) among players yet to win the title at Flushing Meadows.
  • Madison Keys has achieved her best Grand Slam results at the US Open, with a final reached in 2017: Flushing Meadows is the Major tournament where she has the best winning ratio (73%).
  • Camila Giorgi, thanks to her victory at Montréal, has been the second Italian player to win a WTA 1000 after Flavia Pennetta in 2014 at Indian Wells – she has won four matches against top-10 ranked players this season: only Ashleigh Barty and Jessica Pegula have more (both six).
  • Alize Cornet and Sloane Stephens are the players with the most tie-breaks played at the US Open in 2000s without dropping a single one (both 5/5).