1996 US Open – Men's Singles

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1996 US Open
Champion   United States Pete Sampras
Runner-up   United States Michael Chang
Final score   6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
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
 < 1995 1997 > 

Pete Sampras defeated Michael Chang 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–3) in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1996 US Open.

The 1996 US Open men's singles draw had a highly controversial seeding dispute. There were accusations of American favouritism as world number 3, Michael Chang, and world number 8, Andre Agassi, were seeded above their world ranking at numbers 2 and 6 respectively. Other players seeded above their world ranking included world number 6, Goran Ivanišević, being seeded at number 4 and Richard Krajicek, the world number 7, being seeded at number 5.

Some other players were seeded below their world ranking, including world number 2, Thomas Muster, who was seeded at number 3, Boris Becker, the world number 5, seeded at number 6, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the world number 4, seeded at number 7. Becker pulled out of the tournament with an injury and Kafelnikov was so angry at his seeding demotion that he withdrew from the tournament in protest and flew home to Russia.

Seeds[edit]

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

  1. United States Pete Sampras (champion)
  2. United States Michael Chang (finalist)
  3. Austria Thomas Muster (quarterfinalist)
  4. Croatia Goran Ivanišević (semifinalist)
  5. Netherlands Richard Krajicek (first round)
  6. United States Andre Agassi (semifinalist)
  7. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov (withdrew)
  8. United States Jim Courier (withdrew)
  9. South Africa Wayne Ferreira (first round)
  1. Chile Marcelo Ríos (second round)
  2. United States MaliVai Washington (second round)
  3. United States Todd Martin (third round)
  4. Sweden Thomas Enqvist (fourth round)
  5. Spain Albert Costa (first round)
  6. Switzerland Marc Rosset (first round)
  7. France Cédric Pioline (third round)
  8. Spain Félix Mantilla (second round)

Draw[edit]

Key[edit]

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

Final eight[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                   
  1  United States Pete Sampras 77 5 5 6 79  
 Spain Àlex Corretja 65 7 7 4 67  
  1  United States Pete Sampras 6 6 69 6    
  4  Croatia Goran Ivanišević 3 4 711 3    
4  Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6 6 711    
   Sweden Stefan Edberg 3 4 69      
    1  United States Pete Sampras 6 6 77    
  2  United States Michael Chang 1 4 63    
  6  United States Andre Agassi 6 7 4 6    
3  Austria Thomas Muster 2 5 6 2    
6  United States Andre Agassi 3 2 2    
  2  United States Michael Chang 6 6 6      
 Spain Javier Sánchez 5 3 77 3  
  2  United States Michael Chang 7 6 62 6    

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1 United States Sampras 6 6 6
LL Venezuela Szymanski 2 2 1 1 Sampras 6 1 6 4 6
Czech Republic Novák 6 6 6 Novák 3 6 3 6 4
Q Australia Ellwood 2 4 3 1 Sampras 6 6 6
Sweden Larsson 77 4 2 r Volkov 3 4 2
Russia Volkov 65 6 5 Volkov 1 6 6 4 710
Sweden Tillström 1 79 6 3 6 Tillström 6 4 1 6 68
Q Egypt El Sawy 6 67 1 6 4 1 Sampras 6 6 6
Q Australia Cash 4 3 2 Philippoussis 3 3 4
Russia Olhovskiy 6 6 6 Olhovskiy 3 4 2
Australia Woodforde 78 3 3 3 Philippoussis 6 6 6
Australia Philippoussis 66 6 6 6 Philippoussis 6 6 6
Spain Carretero 6 4 6 1 16 Pioline 3 2 4
Spain Burillo 3 6 0 0 r Carretero 6 2 2 1
Spain Clavet 4 63 4 16 Pioline 4 6 6 6
16 France Pioline 6 77 6

Section 2[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
9 South Africa Ferreira 4 4 6 5
Q South Africa Nainkin 6 6 2 7 Q Nainkin 4 1 1
Slovakia Kučera 2 7 63 5 Björkman 6 6 6
Sweden Björkman 6 5 77 7 Björkman 2 6 6 4 3
Q Switzerland Veglio 1 6 6 6 Corretja 6 4 4 6 6
Norway Ruud 6 2 4 4 Q Veglio 77 4 4 0
Spain Corretja 78 3 6 6 Corretja 64 6 6 6
Zimbabwe Black 66 6 2 2 Corretja 6 6 77
Czech Republic Rikl 6 7 6 Forget 4 3 65
Morocco Arazi 4 5 2 Rikl 2 4 4
Netherlands Schalken 6 6 66 6 Schalken 6 6 6
Austria Schaller 3 4 78 3 Schalken 2 5 6 6 0
South Africa Stafford 6 6 4 62 3 Forget 6 7 4 4 6
France Forget 3 2 6 77 6 Forget 6 7 6
Brazil Meligeni 1 77 65 3 17 Mantilla 4 5 3
17 Spain Mantilla 6 62 77 6

Section 3[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
4 Croatia Ivanišević 1 6 6 6
Russia Chesnokov 6 2 4 4 4 Ivanišević 61 6 6 6
Australia Draper 6 7 6 Draper 77 3 4 4
Spain Blanco 3 5 3 4 Ivanišević 6 6 713
Italy Furlan 6 6 5 1 5 Dreekmann 3 2 611
Sweden Johansson 4 2 7 6 7 Johansson 61 2 6 1
Germany Dreekmann 6 6 6 Dreekmann 77 6 4 6
United Kingdom Rusedski 2 4 2 4 Ivanišević 6 3 6 77
Ukraine Medvedev 6 6 6 Medvedev 4 6 3 62
France Fleurian 2 0 1 Medvedev 6 6 6
Slovakia Krošlák 2 6 3 6 7 Krošlák 4 3 2
United States Woodruff 6 4 6 2 6 Medvedev 6 6 6
Q United States Caldwell 3 6 3 5 Korda 2 4 3
Czech Republic Korda 6 3 6 7 Korda 6 67 6
Czech Republic Ulihrach 2 6 77 3 6 Ulihrach 0 25 3
14 Spain A Costa 6 4 62 6 1

Section 4[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
12 United States Martin 6 6 4 6
Morocco El Aynaoui 3 2 6 4 12 Martin 6 6 6
Italy Gaudenzi 77 6 6 Gaudenzi 3 2 2
Japan Matsuoka 64 2 3 12 Martin 2 64 4
WC United States Flach 7 77 2 78 Henman 6 77 6
Q Italy Pozzi 5 65 6 66 WC Flach 3 4 2
LL Brazil Jabali 2 3 4 Henman 6 6 6
United Kingdom Henman 6 6 6 Henman 77 62 4 4
Netherlands Haarhuis 65 78 1 6 6 Edberg 62 77 6 6
United States Joyce 77 66 6 2 2 Haarhuis 1 6 6 6
Australia Tebbutt 3 6 3 7 6 Tebbutt 6 2 2 3
United States Reneberg 6 1 6 5 3 Haarhuis 4 64 1
United States Stark 5 3 7 5 Edberg 6 77 6
Germany Karbacher 7 6 5 7 Karbacher 6 3 3 0 r
Sweden Edberg 6 6 6 Edberg 3 6 6 1
5 Netherlands Krajicek 3 3 3

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6 United States Agassi 6 6 6
Colombia Hadad 3 3 2 6 Agassi 3 6 6 6
South Africa Ondruska 63 2 5 LL Paes 6 4 1 0
LL India Paes 77 6 7 6 Agassi 6 6 79
Spain Moyà 6 64 61 6 6 Siemerink 4 2 67
WC United States Humphries 1 77 77 0 4 Moyà 62 4 4
Netherlands Siemerink 4 6 77 6 Siemerink 77 6 6
Germany Steeb 6 1 64 4 6 Agassi 4 6 6 6
Q France Vitoux 6 6 77 WC Wheaton 6 2 3 4
Q Paraguay Delgado 4 4 63 Q Vitoux 4 4 6 64
WC United States Wheaton 6 6 6 WC Wheaton 6 6 4 77
WC United States Kim 3 2 3 WC Wheaton 1 7 6 6
Ecuador Lapentti 4 6 4 3 WC O'Brien 6 5 1 2
WC United States O'Brien 6 1 6 6 WC O'Brien 6 6 5 3 6
Morocco Alami 2 6 65 1 11 Washington 3 4 7 6 3
11 United States Washington 6 2 77 6

Section 6[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
13 Sweden T Enqvist 6 6 6
France S Simian 3 1 4 13 Sweden T Enqvist 6 6 6
France G Raoux 77 3 1 6 7 France G Raoux 3 2 3
Belgium F Dewulf 65 6 6 3 5 13 Sweden T Enqvist 6 6 6
The Bahamas M Knowles 6 7 6 Q Ecuador P Campana 4 4 2
Uruguay M Filippini 3 5 1 The Bahamas M Knowles 63 6 3 77 3
Australia T Woodbridge 2 6 2 4 Q Ecuador P Campana 77 3 6 63 6
Q Ecuador P Campana 6 4 6 6 13 Sweden T Enqvist 64 2 6 1
Belgium K Goossens 2 0 61 3 Austria T Muster 77 6 4 6
Spain S Bruguera 6 6 77 Spain S Bruguera 6 6 6
Q Germany T Haas 3 6 1 5 Germany M Stich 3 2 4
Germany M Stich 6 1 6 7 Spain S Bruguera 2 4 3
Q Germany D Dier 6 2 6 6 3 Austria T Muster 6 6 6
United States C Adams 4 6 4 4 Q Germany D Dier 3 2 4
Argentina J Frana 1 62 2 3 Austria T Muster 6 6 6
3 Austria T Muster 6 77 6

Section 7[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
LL Czech Republic D Škoch 2 60 3
Spain J Sánchez 6 77 6 Spain J Sánchez 6 77 2 6
WC United States J Grabb 6 7 77 WC United States J Grabb 2 63 6 3
Australia S Stolle 3 5 64 Spain J Sánchez 6 3 4 6 78
Australia P Rafter 67 3 66 Australia J Stoltenberg 4 6 6 2 66
Denmark K Carlsen 79 6 78 Denmark K Carlsen 3 61 3
Australia J Stoltenberg 7 6 6 Australia J Stoltenberg 6 77 6
Italy S Pescosolido 5 4 1 Spain J Sánchez 6 77 77
France A Boetsch 77 6 7 France A Boetsch 4 65 63
Venezuela N Pereira 64 4 5 France A Boetsch 78 6 6
Spain C Costa 5 6 64 3 Sweden M Gustafsson 66 3 1
Sweden M Gustafsson 7 4 77 6 France A Boetsch 6 6 78
United States J Tarango 65 6 6 3 United States J Tarango 4 2 66
Germany A Rădulescu 77 4 1 1 r United States J Tarango 6 4 77 6
Q Romania A Pavel 6 1 4 2 10 Chile M Ríos 4 6 65 2
10 Chile M Ríos 4 6 6 6

Section 8[edit]

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
15 Switzerland M Rosset 79 4 4 3
WC United States J Palmer 67 6 6 6 WC United States J Palmer 77 3 64 6 61
Czech Republic M Damm 5 4 5 Argentina H Gumy 65 6 77 0 77
Argentina H Gumy 7 6 7 Argentina H Gumy 5 1 2
Sweden N Kulti 3 4 6 4 Switzerland J Hlasek 7 6 6
Switzerland J Hlasek 6 6 4 6 Switzerland J Hlasek 77 79 6
WC Philippines C Mamiit 1 4 0 Spain A Berasategui 65 67 0
Spain A Berasategui 6 6 6 Switzerland J Hlasek 3 4 2
United States V Spadea 6 3 6 6 2 United States M Chang 6 6 6
Czech Republic D Vacek 2 6 3 2 United States V Spadea 6 1 6 6
Germany D Prinosil 6 6 3 65 6 Germany D Prinosil 2 6 2 4
Q Australia P Tramacchi 3 2 6 77 1 United States V Spadea 4 7 6 5 3
Q South Africa N Godwin 6 6 3 6 2 United States M Chang 6 5 2 7 6
Spain T Carbonell 4 2 6 1 Q South Africa N Godwin 1 3 1
Q Brazil J Oncins 6 1 0 66 2 United States M Chang 6 6 6
2 United States M Chang 3 6 6 78

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