List of US Open singles finalists during the open era

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US Open Singles Finalists
Official web
Location Queens – New York City
 United States
Created 1968
(44 finals, until 2011)
Men's Most 8: Ivan Lendl
Pete Sampras
Men's Most
Consecutive
8: Ivan Lendl
Women's Most 9: Chris Evert
Women's Most
Consecutive
6: Chris Evert
Most Meetings Men's (3 times):
Sampras vs. Agassi (3-0)
Nadal vs. Djokovic (2-1)
Women's (2 times):
Evert vs. Goolagong Cawley (2-0)
Evert vs. Mandlíková (2-0)
Navratilova vs. Evert (2-0)
Graf vs. Navratilova (1-1)
Graf vs. Seles (2-0)
Serena vs. Venus (1-1)
Serena vs. Azarenka (2-0)
Main article: US Open (tennis)

The US Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament held in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the area of Flushing Meadows.[1] In 1968, this tournament became open to professionals and has been known since then as the US Open.[1]

The men who have reached the final at least four times during the open era are Jimmy Connors, Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.[2] Connors reached five consecutive finals, and won three titles, from 1974 through 1978 before he won consecutive titles in 1982 and 1983.[2] Borg reached four finals in six years from 1976 through 1981 but lost all of them. McEnroe won three straight titles from 1979 through 1981 before he won another title in 1984 and was the runner-up in 1985.[2] Lendl reached eight consecutive finals, and won three titles, from 1982 through 1989. From 1990 through 2002, Sampras reached the final eight times and won five titles. In the 16 years from 1990 through 2005, Agassi reached six finals but won only two titles.[2] Federer has reached six consecutive finals.[2] He won the first five finals before losing the last one.[2] Djokovic reached the final five times over a seven-year period and he won in one of those appearances, which came in 2011.

The women who have reached the final at least four times during the open era are Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Stefi Graf, Monica Seles, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters.[3] In the seven years from 1968 through 1974, King appeared in four finals and won three titles.[3] Goolagong Cawley was the runner-up four consecutive years from 1973 through 1976.[3] In the ten years from 1975 through 1984, Evert reached nine finals and won six titles.[3] She reached six consecutive finals, and won five titles, between 1975 and 1980.[3] She reached three consecutive finals, and won one title, between 1982 and 1984.[3] Navratilova from 1981 through 1991 appeared in eight finals, and won four titles.[3] Graf twice appeared in four consecutive finals, the first in 1987-1990 when she won two titles and the second in 1993-1996 when she won three titles.[3] Seles reached four finals from 1991 through 1996, winning two consecutive titles in 1991 and 1992 but losing two consecutive finals in 1995 and 1996.[3] From 1997 through 2002, Venus Williams appeared in four finals and won two consecutive titles in 2000 and 2001.[3] Since 1999, Serena Williams has reached the final seven times and won five titles in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2013.[3] During 2003 to 2010, Clijsters made the finals four-times having won in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

Men[edit]

During the 45 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 38 men have reached the US Open men's singles final.[2] The final has included men from 14 different nationalities, with most being from the United States although Sweden, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Australia, and Switzerland also have made significant contributions.[2]

  • * = Champion
Competed in 2012  +
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Pete Sampras was an eight-time finalist (five wins, three losses).
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Jimmy Connors was a seven-time finalist (five wins, two losses).
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Roger Federer has been a six-time finalist (five wins, one loss).
Player Nationality Finals Win-Loss Year(s)
Sampras, PetePete Sampras  United States 8 5–3 1990*, 1992, 1993*, 1995*, 1996*, 2000, 2001, 2002*
Lendl, IvanIvan Lendl  Czechoslovakia 8 3–5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985*, 1986*, 1987*, 1988, 1989
Connors, JimmyJimmy Connors  United States 7 5–2 1974*, 1975, 1976*, 1977, 1978*, 1982*, 1983*
Federer, RogerRoger Federer  +   Switzerland 6 5–1 2004*, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2009
Agassi, AndreAndre Agassi  United States 6 2–4 1990, 1994*, 1995, 1999*, 2002, 2005
McEnroe, JohnJohn McEnroe  United States 5 4–1 1979*, 1980*, 1981*, 1984*, 1985
Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic  +  Serbia 5 1–4 2007, 2010, 2011*, 2012, 2013,
Borg, BjörnBjörn Borg  Sweden 4 0–4 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981
Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal  +  Spain 3 2–1 2010*, 2011, 2013*
Edberg, StefanStefan Edberg  Sweden 2 2–0 1991*, 1992*
Rafter, PatrickPatrick Rafter  Australia 2 2–0 1997*, 1998*
Ashe, ArthurArthur Ashe  United States 2 1–1 1968*, 1972
Rosewall, KenKen Rosewall  Australia 2 1–1 1970*, 1974
Wilander, MatsMats Wilander  Sweden 2 1–1 1987, 1988*
Hewitt, LleytonLleyton Hewitt  +  Australia 2 1–1 2001*, 2004
Roddick, AndyAndy Roddick  United States 2 1–1 2003*, 2006
Murray, AndyAndy Murray  +  United Kingdom 2 1–1 2008, 2012*
Roche, TonyTony Roche  Australia 2 0–2 1969, 1970
Kodeš, JanJan Kodeš  Czechoslovakia 2 0–2 1971, 1973
Laver, RodRod Laver  Australia 1 1–0 1969*
Smith, StanStan Smith  United States 1 1–0 1971*
Năstase, IlieIlie Năstase  Romania 1 1–0 1972*
Newcombe, JohnJohn Newcombe  Australia 1 1–0 1973*
Orantes, ManuelManuel Orantes  Spain 1 1–0 1975*
Vilas, GuillermoGuillermo Vilas  Argentina 1 1–0 1977*
Becker, BorisBoris Becker  Germany 1 1–0 1989*
Safin, MaratMarat Safin  Russia 1 1–0 2000*
del Potro, Juan MartínJuan Martín del Potro  +  Argentina 1 1–0 2009*
Okker, TomTom Okker  Netherlands 1 0–1 1968
Gerulaitis, VitasVitas Gerulaitis  United States 1 0–1 1979
Mečíř, MiloslavMiloslav Mečíř  Czechoslovakia 1 0–1 1986
Courier, JimJim Courier  United States 1 0–1 1991
Pioline, CédricCédric Pioline  France 1 0–1 1993
Stich, MichaelMichael Stich  Germany 1 0–1 1994
Chang, MichaelMichael Chang  United States 1 0–1 1996
Rusedski, GregGreg Rusedski  United Kingdom 1 0–1 1997
Philippoussis, MarkMark Philippoussis  Australia 1 0–1 1998
Martin, ToddTodd Martin  United States 1 0–1 1999
Ferrero, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Ferrero  Spain 1 0–1 2003

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2013  Spain Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal  Serbia Djokovic, NovakNovak Djokovic

Multiple-time opponents in the open era[edit]

Opponents Record Finals meetings
Most Wins Most Losses
United States Jimmy Connors Sweden Björn Borg 2–0 1976 (Connors), 1978 (Connors)
United States John McEnroe Sweden Björn Borg 2–0 1980 (McEnroe), 1981 (McEnroe)
United States Jimmy Connors Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 2–0 1982 (Connors), 1983 (Connors)
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl vs United States John McEnroe 1–1 1984 (McEnroe), 1985 (Lendl)
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl vs Sweden Mats Wilander 1–1 1987 (Lendl), 1988 (Wilander)
United States Pete Sampras United States Andre Agassi 3–0 1990 (Sampras), 1995 (Sampras), 2002 (Sampras)
Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic 2–1 2010 (Nadal), 2011 (Djokovic), 2013 (Nadal)

Most consecutive finals in the open era[edit]

Country Player Number Years Results
Won Lost
 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 8 1982–89 3 5
  Switzerland Roger Federer 6 2004–09 5 1
 United States Jimmy Connors 5 1974–78 3 2
 Serbia Novak Djokovic 4 2010–13^ 1 3
 United States John McEnroe 3 1979–81 3 0
 United States Pete Sampras 3 2000–02 1 2
 Australia Tony Roche 2 1969–70 0 2
 Sweden Björn Borg 2 1980–81 0 2
 United States Jimmy Connors 2 1982–83 2 0
 United States John McEnroe 2 1984–85 1 1
 Sweden Mats Wilander 2 1987–88 1 1
 Sweden Stefan Edberg 2 1991–92 2 0
 United States Pete Sampras 2 1992–93 1 1
 United States Andre Agassi 2 1994–95 1 1
 United States Pete Sampras 2 1995–96 2 0
 Australia Patrick Rafter 2 1997–98 2 0
 Spain Rafael Nadal 2 2010–11 1 1

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

Women[edit]

During the 45 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 32 women have reached the US Open women's singles final.[2] Women from the United States are by far the most numerous, although Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Belgium, and Russia also have made significant contributions.[3]

  • * = Champion
Competed in 2013  +
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Chris Evert was a nine-time finalist (six wins, three losses).
Steffi Graf was an eight-time finalist (five wins, three losses).
Martina Navratilova was an eight-time finalist (four wins, four losses).
Serena Williams has been a seven-time finalist (five wins, two losses).
Player Nationality Finals Win-Loss Year(s)
Evert, ChrisChris Evert  United States 9 6–3 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979, 1980*, 1982*, 1983, 1984
Graf, SteffiSteffi Graf  Germany 8 5–3 1987, 1988*, 1989*, 1990, 1993*, 1994, 1995*, 1996*
Navratilova, MartinaMartina Navratilova  United States[a] 8 4–4 1981, 1983*, 1984*, 1985, 1986*, 1987*, 1989, 1991
Williams, SerenaSerena Williams  +  United States 7 5–2 1999*, 2001, 2002*, 2008*, 2011, 2012*, 2013*
King, Billie JeanBillie Jean King  United States 4 3–1 1969, 1971*, 1972*, 1974*
Clijsters, KimKim Clijsters  Belgium 4 3–1 2003, 2005*, 2009*, 2010*
Seles, MonicaMonica Seles  Yugoslavia
 United States[b]
4 2–2 1991*, 1992*, 1995, 1996
Williams, VenusVenus Williams  +  United States 4 2–2 1997, 2000*, 2001*, 2002
Goolagong Cawley, EvonneEvonne Goolagong Cawley  Australia 4 0–4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Court, MargaretMargaret Court  Australia 3 3–0 1969*, 1970*, 1973*
Henin, JustineJustine Henin  Belgium 3 2–1 2003*, 2006, 2007*
Mandlíková, HanaHana Mandlíková  Czechoslovakia 3 1–2 1980, 1982, 1985*
Hingis, MartinaMartina Hingis   Switzerland 3 1–2 1997*, 1998, 1999
Austin, TracyTracy Austin  United States 2 2–0 1979*, 1981*
Sabatini, GabrielaGabriela Sabatini  Argentina 2 1–1 1988, 1990*
Sánchez Vicario, ArantxaArantxa Sánchez Vicario  Spain 2 1–1 1992, 1994*
Davenport, LindsayLindsay Davenport  United States 2 1–1 1998*, 2000
Kuznetsova, SvetlanaSvetlana Kuznetsova  Russia 2 1–1 2004*, 2007
Casals, RosemaryRosemary Casals  United States 2 0–2 1970, 1971
Suková, HelenaHelena Suková  Czechoslovakia 2 0–2 1986, 1993
Azarenka, VictoriaVictoria Azarenka  +  Belarus 2 0–2 2012, 2013
Wade, VirginiaVirginia Wade  United Kingdom 1 1–0 1968*
Sharapova, MariaMaria Sharapova  Russia 1 1–0 2006*
Stosur, SamanthaSamantha Stosur  +  Australia 1 1–0 2011*
Richey, NancyNancy Richey  United States 1 0–1 1969
Melville Reid, KerryKerry Melville Reid  Australia 1 0–1 1972
Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull  Australia 1 0–1 1977
Shriver, PamPam Shriver  United States 1 0–1 1978
Dementieva, ElenaElena Dementieva  Russia 1 0–1 2004
Pierce, MaryMary Pierce  France 1 0–1 2005
Janković, JelenaJelena Janković  +  Serbia 1 0–1 2008
Wozniacki, CarolineCaroline Wozniacki  +  Denmark 1 0–1 2009
Zvonareva, VeraVera Zvonareva  Russia 1 0–1 2010

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2013  United States Serena Williams  Belarus Victoria Azarenka

Multiple-time opponents in the open era[edit]

Opponents Record Finals meetings
Most Wins Most Losses
United States Chris Evert Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2–0 1975 (Evert), 1976 (Evert)
United States Chris Evert Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 2–0 1980 (Evert), 1982 (Evert)
United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert 2–0 1983 (Navratilova), 1984 (Navratilova)
West Germany Steffi Graf vs. United States Martina Navratilova 1–1 1987 (Navratilova), 1989 (Graf)
West Germany Steffi Graf United States Monica Seles 2–0 1995 (Graf), 1996 (Graf)
United States Serena Williams vs. United States Venus Williams 1–1 2001 (Venus), 2002 (Serena)
United States Serena Williams Belarus Victoria Azarenka 2–0 2012 (Serena), 2013 (Serena)

Most consecutive finals in the open era[edit]

Country Player Number Years Results
Won Lost
 United States Chris Evert 6 1975–80 5 1
 United States Martina Navratilova 5 1983–87 4 1
 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley 4 1973–76 0 4
 Germany Steffi Graf 4 1987–90 2 2
 Germany Steffi Graf 4 1993–96 3 1
 United States Chris Evert 3 1982–84 1 2
  Switzerland Martina Hingis 3 1997–99 1 2
 United States Venus Williams 3 2000–02 2 1
 United States Serena Williams 3 2011–13^ 2 1
 Australia Margaret Court 2 1969–70 2 0
 United States Rosemary Casals 2 1970–71 0 2
 United States Billie Jean King 2 1971–72 2 0
 Yugoslavia Monica Seles 2 1991–92 2 0
 United States Monica Seles 2 1995–96 0 2
 United States Serena Williams 2 2001–02 1 1
 Belgium Justine Henin 2 2006–07 1 1
 Belgium Kim Clijsters 2 2009–10 2 0
 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 2 2012–13^ 0 2

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b USTA. "History of the U.S. National Championships/US Open". US Open. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i USTA. "Champions - Men's Singles Championships". US Open. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l USTA. "Champions - Women's Singles Championships". US Open. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  4. ^ Reid, Tim (12 March 2008). "Martina Navratilova gets passport on rebound". Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Cherry, Gene (11 July 2009). "Monica Seles inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame". Reuters. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 

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