ON THIS DAY IN US OPEN HISTORY – September 10
1933 – Fred Perry ends Jack Crawford’s bid for the first Grand Slam of tennis and wins his first U.S. men’s singles title with a 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over the Australian.
1962 – Rod Laver becomes the first man since Don Budge in 1938 to win the Grand Slam when he defeats Roy Emerson in the final of the U.S. Championships. Margaret Smith wins the women’s singles title to become the first Australian woman to win theU.S. women’s title.
1972 – Ilie Nastase trails two sets to one and faces break point at 1-3 in the fourth set before coming back to defeat Arthur Ashe, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, in the men’s singles final.
1978 – Jimmy Connors becomes the first and only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces, defeating Bjorn Borg, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, in the first men’s final played on the Deco Turf II courts at the new USTA National Tennis Center. Connors previously won the 1974 US Open on grass and the 1976 US Open on clay courts.
1983 – Martina Navratilova wins her first US Open women’s singles championship, defeating Chris Evert Lloyd in the final, 6-1, 6-3.
1988 – Steffi Graf becomes the third women to complete the Grand Slam, defeating Gabriela Sabatini in the women’s final, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. A month later she will win the Olympic gold medal in Seoul to complete the first-ever “Golden Slam.”
1989 – Boris Becker becomes the first German man to win the US Open, defeating Ivan Lendl in the final, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Lendl appears in his eighth straight US Open final, which ties him with Bill Tilden for the all-time record.
1994 – Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario becomes the first Spanish woman to win the US Open when she defeats Steffi Graf, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4, in the women’s singles final.
1995 – Pete Sampras wins his third US Open men’s singles title, defeating No. 1 seed and defending champion Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, in the final.
1999 – Martina Hingis breaks up a potential Williams sisters US Open singles final by defeating Venus Williams, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, Serena Williams defeats defending champion Lindsay Davenport, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, to advance to her first US Open singles final.
2006 – Roger Federer becomes the first man ever to win back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open crowns for three straight years when he fights off Andy Roddick in the men’s singles final, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. In the stands are Roddick’s new coach, Jimmy Connors, and golf great Tiger Woods, who attends as a guest of Federer’s and celebrates with him in the locker room afterward.
THEY SAID IT!!!
“I honestly can’t believe I won. I was preparing my runner-up speech she was playing so great.”
— Serena Williams, after rallying from 3-5 down in the third set to win the women’s singles title
“Serena deserved to win. She’s a great champion. I gave it all I had on the court today. I have no regrets.”
— Victoria Azarenka, following the women’s singles final
“Most of our matches that we played against each other were very close, and only small margins decide the winner. That's something that is expected in a way, because we have similar games. You know, we are big rivals and we have been on top of the men's game for a long time, so we know each other really well. The last match he won in [the] Olympic Games. Also a close one. But it's a different surface, obviously [and] with the different surface, different tactics apply. So we'll see. Tomorrow I guess there is no clear favorite.”
— Novak Djokovic, breaking down today’s men’s singles final against Andy Murray
“It was awesome, especially because it's the US Open. I grew up watching it.”
— Samantha Crawford, on how it felt to win the 2012 US Open girls’ singles title
MEN’S SINGLES FINAL
MURRAY LOOKING TO ADD MEN’S TITLE TO JUNIOR CROWN
Andy Murray, the 2004 boys’ singles champion, today will be bidding to become just the fourth player—and third man—in US Open history to win both the singles title and the junior title. Victoria Azarenka, the 2005 US Open girls’ champion, would have achieved the same feat if she had defeated Serena Williams in yesterday’s women’s singles final.
The three previous US Open junior-adult champions are Lindsay Davenport, Stefan Edberg and Andy Roddick. The US Open Junior Championships began in 1973 for the boys and 1974 for the girls.
Here’s a closer look at those who have conquered the juniors and the singles here at the US Open:
Player Junior Title Men’s/Women’s Singles Title
Andy Roddick 2000 2003
Lindsay Davenport 1992 1998
Stefan Edberg 1983 1991-92
DOMINANT DJOKOVIC AIMING FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
Novak Djokovic is appearing in his third straight US Open final seeking his second straight championship. If he defeats Andy Murray in today’s final, he would become the eighth man in the Open Era to win back-to-back titles here. (He is already one of six to reach three or more consecutive finals, joining Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe).
Recent history would seem to favor Djokovic. This year’s No. 2 seed has not lost a match at a hard-court major since the 2010 US Open final and has never lost to a player ranked and/or seeded below him at the US Open, going 36-0 in such matches. In fact, his only losses at the US Open since the start of the 2007 tournament have come to either the No. 1 or the No. 2 seed.
Here’s a look at the back-to-back US Open men’s singles winners in the Open Era:
Player Consecutive Titles Years
Roger Federer 5 2004-08
Ivan Lendl 3 1985-87
John McEnroe 3 1979-81
Patrick Rafter 2 1997-98
Pete Sampras 2 1995-96
Stefan Edberg 2 1991-92
Jimmy Connors 2 1982-83