List of US Open singles finalists during the open era

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US Open Singles Finalists
Location
Created1968
(51 finals, including 2018)
Men's Most8: Ivan Lendl
Pete Sampras
Novak Djokovic
Men's Most Consecutive8: Ivan Lendl
Women's Most9: Chris Evert, Serena Williams
Women's Most Consecutive6: Chris Evert
Most MeetingsMen'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)
Official website

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, Rafael Nadal 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 and seven overall.[2] He won the first five finals before losing the last two.[2] Nadal reached the final thrice in four years, beginning in 2010; winning twice in 2010 and 2013 while losing in 2011; and then won it a third time in 2017.[2] Djokovic reached the final eight times and he won in three of those appearances, in 2011, 2015, and 2018.

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 nine times and won six titles in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[3] During 2003 to 2010, Clijsters made the finals four times, winning in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

Men[edit]

During the 51 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 43 men have reached the US Open men's singles final.[2] The final has included men from 16 different nationalities, with most being from the United States although Sweden, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, and Serbia also have made significant contributions.[2]

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Pete Sampras was an eight-time finalist (five wins, three losses).
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Ivan Lendl was an eight-time finalist (three wins, five losses).
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Novak Djokovic has been an eight-time finalist (three wins, five 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 seven-time finalist (five wins, two losses).
Player Nationality Finals Win-Loss Year(s)
Pete Sampras  United States 8 5–3 1990*, 1992, 1993*, 1995*, 1996*, 2000, 2001, 2002*
Ivan Lendl  Czechoslovakia 8 3–5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985*, 1986*, 1987*, 1988, 1989
Novak Djokovic  Serbia 8 3–5 2007, 2010, 2011*, 2012, 2013, 2015*, 2016, 2018*
Jimmy Connors  United States 7 5–2 1974*, 1975, 1976*, 1977, 1978*, 1982*, 1983*
Roger Federer   Switzerland 7 5–2 2004*, 2005*, 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2009, 2015
Andre Agassi  United States 6 2–4 1990, 1994*, 1995, 1999*, 2002, 2005
John McEnroe  United States 5 4–1 1979*, 1980*, 1981*, 1984*, 1985
Rafael Nadal  Spain 4 3–1 2010*, 2011, 2013*, 2017*
Björn Borg  Sweden 4 0–4 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981
Stefan Edberg  Sweden 2 2–0 1991*, 1992*
Patrick Rafter  Australia 2 2–0 1997*, 1998*
Arthur Ashe  United States 2 1–1 1968*, 1972
Ken Rosewall  Australia 2 1–1 1970*, 1974
Mats Wilander  Sweden 2 1–1 1987, 1988*
Lleyton Hewitt  Australia 2 1–1 2001*, 2004
Andy Roddick  United States 2 1–1 2003*, 2006
Andy Murray  United Kingdom 2 1–1 2008, 2012*
Juan Martín del Potro  Argentina 2 1–1 2009*, 2018
Tony Roche  Australia 2 0–2 1969, 1970
Jan Kodeš  Czechoslovakia 2 0–2 1971, 1973
Rod Laver  Australia 1 1–0 1969*
Stan Smith  United States 1 1–0 1971*
Ilie Năstase  Romania 1 1–0 1972*
John Newcombe  Australia 1 1–0 1973*
Manuel Orantes  Spain 1 1–0 1975*
Guillermo Vilas  Argentina 1 1–0 1977*
Boris Becker  West Germany 1 1–0 1989*
Marat Safin  Russia 1 1–0 2000*
Marin Čilić  Croatia 1 1–0 2014*
Stan Wawrinka   Switzerland 1 1–0 2016*
Tom Okker  Netherlands 1 0–1 1968
Vitas Gerulaitis  United States 1 0–1 1979
Miloslav Mečíř  Czechoslovakia 1 0–1 1986
Jim Courier  United States 1 0–1 1991
Cédric Pioline  France 1 0–1 1993
Michael Stich  Germany 1 0–1 1994
Michael Chang  United States 1 0–1 1996
Greg Rusedski  United Kingdom 1 0–1 1997
Mark Philippoussis  Australia 1 0–1 1998
Todd Martin  United States 1 0–1 1999
Juan Carlos Ferrero  Spain 1 0–1 2003
Kei Nishikori  Japan 1 0–1 2014
Kevin Anderson  South Africa 1 0–1 2017

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2018  Serbia Novak Djokovic  Argentina Juan Martín del Potro

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, 1978
United States John McEnroe Sweden Björn Borg 2–0 1980, 1981
United States Jimmy Connors Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 2–0 1982, 1983
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)
Serbia Novak Djokovic vs Switzerland Roger Federer 1–1 2007 (Federer), 2015 (Djokovic)
United States Pete Sampras United States Andre Agassi 3–0 1990, 1995, 2002
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
 Serbia Novak Djokovic 2 2015–16 1 1

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

Women[edit]

During the 51 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 40 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, Russia, and Italy also have made significant contributions.[3]

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Chris Evert was a nine-time finalist (six wins, three losses).
Serena Williams has been 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).
Player Nationality Finals Win-Loss Year(s)
Chris Evert  United States 9 6–3 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979, 1980*, 1982*, 1983, 1984
Serena Williams  United States 9 6–3 1999*, 2001, 2002*, 2008*, 2011, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2018
Steffi Graf  Germany 8 5–3 1987, 1988*, 1989*, 1990, 1993*, 1994, 1995*, 1996*
Martina Navratilova  United States[a] 8 4–4 1981, 1983*, 1984*, 1985, 1986*, 1987*, 1989, 1991
Billie Jean King  United States 4 3–1 1969, 1971*, 1972*, 1974*
Kim Clijsters  Belgium 4 3–1 2003, 2005*, 2009*, 2010*
Monica Seles  Yugoslavia
 United States[b]
4 2–2 1991*, 1992*, 1995, 1996
Venus Williams  United States 4 2–2 1997, 2000*, 2001*, 2002
Evonne Goolagong Cawley  Australia 4 0–4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Margaret Court  Australia 3 3–0 1969*, 1970*, 1973*
Justine Henin  Belgium 3 2–1 2003*, 2006, 2007*
Hana Mandlíková  Czechoslovakia 3 1–2 1980, 1982, 1985*
Martina Hingis   Switzerland 3 1–2 1997*, 1998, 1999
Tracy Austin  United States 2 2–0 1979*, 1981*
Gabriela Sabatini  Argentina 2 1–1 1988, 1990*
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario  Spain 2 1–1 1992, 1994*
Lindsay Davenport  United States 2 1–1 1998*, 2000
Svetlana Kuznetsova  Russia 2 1–1 2004*, 2007
Rosemary Casals  United States 2 0–2 1970, 1971
Helena Suková  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
2 0–2 1986, 1993
Victoria Azarenka  Belarus 2 0–2 2012, 2013
Caroline Wozniacki  Denmark 2 0–2 2009, 2014
Virginia Wade  United Kingdom 1 1–0 1968*
Maria Sharapova  Russia 1 1–0 2006*
Samantha Stosur  Australia 1 1–0 2011*
Flavia Pennetta  Italy 1 1–0 2015*
Angelique Kerber  Germany 1 1–0 2016*
Sloane Stephens  United States 1 1–0 2017*
Naomi Osaka  Japan 1 1–0 2018*
Nancy Richey  United States 1 0–1 1969
Kerry Melville Reid  Australia 1 0–1 1972
Wendy Turnbull  Australia 1 0–1 1977
Pam Shriver  United States 1 0–1 1978
Elena Dementieva  Russia 1 0–1 2004
Mary Pierce  France 1 0–1 2005
Jelena Janković  Serbia 1 0–1 2008
Vera Zvonareva  Russia 1 0–1 2010
Roberta Vinci  Italy 1 0–1 2015
Karolína Plíšková  Czech Republic 1 0–1 2016
Madison Keys  United States 1 0–1 2017

Most recent final[edit]

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2018  Japan Naomi Osaka  United States Serena Williams

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, 1976
United States Chris Evert Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 2–0 1980, 1982
United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert 2–0 1983, 1984
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, 1996
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, 2013

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 Serena Williams 4 2011–14 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
 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. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j USTA. "Champions - Men's Singles Championships". US Open. Archived from the original on 2010-01-29. 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. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  4. ^ Reid, Tim (12 March 2008). "Martina Navratilova gets passport on rebound". The Times. 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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