1972 US Open – Men's Singles

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1972 US Open
Champion   Romania Ilie Năstase
Runner-up   United States Arthur Ashe
Final score   3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Events
Singles   men   women       boys   girls
Doubles   men   women   mixed   boys   girls
Other events
Legends    men    women    mixed
WC Singles    men    women    quad
WC Doubles    men    women    quad
US Open
 < 1971 1973 > 

Ilie Năstase defeated Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3 in the final to win the men's singles title at the 1972 US Open.

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below. Ilie Năstase is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1. United States Stan Smith (Quarterfinalist)
  2. Australia Ken Rosewall (Second round)
  3. Australia Rod Laver (Fourth round)
  4. Romania Ilie Năstase (Champion)
  5. Australia John Newcombe (Third round)
  6. United States Arthur Ashe (Finalist)
  7. Netherlands Tom Okker (Third round)
  8. Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš (Second round)
  1. United States Marty Riessen (Third round)
  2. Spain Manuel Orantes (Third round)
  3. South Africa Cliff Drysdale (Fourth round)
  4. United States Cliff Richey (Semifinalist)
  5. United States Bob Lutz (Fourth round)
  6. Spain Andrés Gimeno (Fourth round)
  7. United States Jimmy Connors (First round)
  8. South Africa Bob Hewitt (Fourth round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

Final Eight[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                   
  1  United States Stan Smith 6 4 5      
6  United States Arthur Ashe 7 6 7      
  6  United States Arthur Ashe 6 6 7      
  12  United States Cliff Richey 1 4 6      
12  United States Cliff Richey 3 6 6 6  
   South Africa Frew McMillan 6 1 4 2    
    6  United States Arthur Ashe 6 3 7 4 3
  4  Romania Ilie Năstase 3 6 6 6 6
   Australia Fred Stolle 4 6 3 2    
4  Romania Ilie Năstase 6 3 6 6    
4  Romania Ilie Năstase 4 7 6 6  
   United States Tom Gorman 6 6 2 1    
 United States Roscoe Tanner 6 7 6 7 4
   United States Tom Gorman 7 5 7 5 6  

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1 United States Smith 5 6 7 6
United States Martin 7 1 5 3 1 Smith 6 6 6 6
Italy Panatta 6 3 5 2 Graebner 1 4 7 0
United States Graebner 4 6 7 6 1 Smith 6 7 7
Spain Muñoz 6 6 6 6 Stone 3 6 5
United States Holmberg 4 7 3 4 Muñoz 1 0 7 0
Chile Pinto-Bravo 4 4 7 4 Stone 6 6 6 6
Australia Stone 6 6 6 6 1 Smith 2 7 6 1 6
14 Spain Gimeno 6 7 6 14 Gimeno 6 6 4 6 3
Soviet Union Korotkov 4 5 4 14 Gimeno 6 4 6 6
United States Owens 4 6 6 3 Davidson 4 6 4 1
Australia Davidson 6 3 4 6 14 Gimeno 5
Australia Ruffels 6 6 6 Ruffels 2 r
United States McNair 2 3 4 Ruffels 6 7 6
United States Delaney 7 4 4 4 Brown 3 5 4
United States Brown 6 6 6 6

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6 United States Ashe 6 6 4 7
Pakistan Rahim 3 3 6 6 6 Ashe 6 6 7
South Africa Maud 6 6 6 6 Maud 4 4 6
Japan Kamiwazumi 2 7 2 4 6 Ashe 6 6 3 6
Australia Alexander 4 7 6 4 6 Case 4 4 6 1
Australia Dent 6 6 4 6 4 Alexander 6 6 6 3 4
Australia Case 6 6 6 Case 7 7 4 6 6
United States Schunck 3 2 4 6 Ashe 5 7 6 6
13 United States Lutz 6 6 6 13 Lutz 7 5 4 3
Australia Dibley 4 2 2 13 Lutz 6 6 7
India Menon 6 4 4 Vilas 3 3 5
Argentina Vilas 7 6 6 13 Lutz 7 6 6
United States Kreiss 3 4 4 Scott 6 2 2
United States Scott 6 6 6 Scott 3 6 7 7
India Amritraj 7 6 6 Amritraj 6 4 6 5
South Africa Schroder 6 3 4

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
3 Australia Laver 6 6 6
United Kingdom Paish 2 1 3 3 Laver 6 6 7
United Kingdom Warboys 6 6 5 2 Seewagen 3 2 5
United States Seewagen 7 4 7 6 3 Laver 6 4 6 6 7
New Zealand Fairlie 7 6 6 Fillol, Sr. 2 6 7 1 6
United States Austin 6 3 2 Fairlie 4 5 3
Czechoslovakia Pala 4 1 2 Fillol, Sr. 6 7 6
Chile Fillol, Sr. 6 6 6 3 Laver 6 6 6 3
12 United States Richey 6 7 6 12 Richey 3 7 7 6
United States Gottfried 2 6 2 12 Richey 6 6 7
Peru Olmedo 6 7 6 7 Olmedo 2 3 5
United States Guerry 3 6 7 6 12 Richey 6 6 7 6 6
United States Hagey r Gerken 7 3 6 7 4
France Goven Goven 4 1 7 7 5
United States Gerken 7 6 6 Gerken 6 6 6 5 7
United States Walthall 6 1 2

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
8 Czechoslovakia Kodeš 6 6 6
United States O'Bryant 2 4 3 8 Kodeš 7 6 6 3 1
United States Mayer 6 6 6 Mayer 6 3 7 6 6
France Chanfreau 4 1 3 Mayer 6 6 6
France Proisy 6 6 6 Ramírez 3 3 1
United States Du Pré 1 4 2 Proisy 2 6 6 6 4
Mexico Ramírez 6 3 6 6 Ramírez 6 2 1 7 6
India Singh 4 6 2 1 Mayer 3 4 6 7 4
9 United States Riessen 6 6 6 6 McMillan 6 6 3 6 6
Australia Masters 1 7 3 2 9 Riessen 6 7 6 7
South Africa Moore 4 5 7 1 Anderson 3 5 7 5
Australia Anderson 6 7 6 6 9 Riessen 2 6 6 4
South Africa McMillan 7 7 7 McMillan 6 7 4 6
France Rouyer 5 5 6 McMillan 6 6 6
United States Leonard 6 3 6 6 7 Leonard 2 3 4
United States Higgins 3 6 7 4 6

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
United States McKinley 3 4 6
United States Pasarell 6 6 7 Pasarell 7 6 6
India Amritraj 6 3 2 3 Gerulaitis 6 3 2
United States Gerulaitis 2 6 6 6 Pasarell 5 6 4 3
United States Hardie 2 6 3 4 11 Drysdale 7 4 6 6
France N'Godrella 6 4 6 6 N'Godrella 3 6 1 4
Canada Belkin 5 r 11 Drysdale 6 4 6 6
11 South Africa Drysdale 5 11 Drysdale 6 6 4 6
Australia Emerson 7 4 2 2 Stolle 4 7 6 7
Australia Stolle 6 6 6 6 Stolle 6 6 6
United States Machette 1 7 6 6 Machette 3 4 3
Czechoslovakia Holeček 6 6 4 4 Stolle 7 6 5 7
United States Dibbs 6 6 6 7 5 Newcombe 6 4 7 6
United States Borowiak 2 7 3 6 Dibbs 3 4 3
Soviet Union Kakoulia 1 2 4 5 Newcombe 6 6 6
5 Australia Newcombe 6 6 6

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
Jamaica Russell 4 6 6 3 4
Czechoslovakia Kukal 6 4 3 6 6 Kukal 3 4 2
United States Dell 4 7 4 6 Cornejo 6 6 6
Chile Cornejo 6 5 6 7 Cornejo 4 4 6 1
West Germany Fassbender 6 7 6 6 16 Hewitt 6 6 3 6
Colombia Molina 4 6 4 3 Fassbender 5 3 4
West Germany Pohmann 4 2 2 16 Hewitt 7 6 6
16 South Africa Hewitt 6 6 6 16 Hewitt 4 4 2
France Dominguez 4 6 6 6 4 Năstase 6 6 6
United States Gonzales 6 3 2 3 Dominguez 5 6 7 6
United States Reid 6 6 6 Reid 7 4 5 4
United States Osborne 4 2 4 Dominguez 3 7 2 3
United Kingdom Taylor 3 7 6 3 6 4 Năstase 6 5 6 6
Rhodesia Pattison 6 6 3 6 3 Taylor 5 2 7 6 6
Colombia Velasco, Sr. 0 2 0 4 Năstase 7 6 6 2 7
4 Romania Năstase 6 6 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
Japan Sakai 6 7 6
Japan Kuki 2 5 4 Sakai 3 3 2
United Kingdom Battrick 3 1 0 Cooper 6 6 6
Australia Cooper 6 6 6 Cooper 7 6 6
New Zealand Parun 4 6 6 6 10 Orantes 6 4 4
United States Froehling 6 4 3 2 Parun 1 6 6 5 4
New Zealand Simpson 5 2 2 10 Orantes 6 2 3 7 6
10 Spain Orantes 7 6 6 Cooper 2 6 6
Australia Carmichael 6 6 7 Tanner 6 7 7
Australia Doerner 4 4 6 Carmichael 6 5 3 6 6
United States Tanner 7 6 6 Tanner 4 7 6 3 7
Egypt El Shafei 6 4 4 Tanner 6 3 7 6
Denmark Ulrich 7 5 1 6 7 Okker 4 6 5 3
United States Solomon 6 7 6 7 Solomon 1 2 2
South Africa Cramer 2 3 4 7 Okker 6 6 6
7 Netherlands Okker 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
Australia Keldie 4 0 r
Romania Ţiriac 6 1 Ţiriac 7 4 6 5 6
Ecuador Zuleta 1 3 5 Pilić 6 6 3 7 7
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pilić 6 6 7 Pilić 4 4 4
United States McManus 2 4 6 6 6 Gorman 6 6 6
United States Birchmore 6 6 1 4 3 McManus 6 4 1 3
United States Gorman 6 3 6 7 6 Gorman 4 6 6 6
15 United States Connors 1 6 7 5 4 Gorman 6 6 6
Venezuela Hose 7 4 7 7 Stockton 4 3 3
United States Faulk 5 6 6 6 Hose 2 3 6 6
United States Stockton 6 6 6 Stockton 6 6 3 7
United States Barth 4 2 4 Stockton 6 6 4 6 6
United Kingdom Cox 6 6 6 Cox 7 2 6 2 2
Czechoslovakia Granát 4 1 3 Cox 6 6 4 6 6
United Kingdom Curtis 1 6 2 2 Rosewall 7 2 6 2 2
2 Australia Rosewall 6 7 6

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