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Sunday, September 06, 2015

ON THIS DAY IN US OPEN HISTORY

1980 – John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors lock horns in perhaps their greatest US Open match, with McEnroe edging Connors, 6-4, 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in the men’s singles semifinals. John Feinstein of The Washington Post writes, “Time and again the match turned around as the two protagonists kept the enthralled 20,086 fans in Louis Armstrong Stadium not just on the edge of their seats, but leaping out of them as the battle went into the night.”

1986 – Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf complete one of the great US Open women’s semifinal matches as Navratilova comes back from three match points down to claim a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 semifinal victory over the 17-year-old West German. Navratilova, who put on a display of fist-shaking and finger-waving emotion, led the match 4-1 in the first set before the match was delayed a day due to rain and completed the emotional victory in two hours and 19 minutes.

1991 – In a US Open women’s singles semifinal described by Robin Finn of The New York Times as “a slugfest conducted by a pair of teenagers whose strokes defied age, gender, and the legal speed limit,” 17-year-old Monica Seles defeats 15-year-old Jennifer Capriati, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) to reach her first US Open women’s singles final.

2003 – Twenty-two hours after walking off the court following a dramatic semifinal win over Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin-Hardenne becomes the first Belgian to claim the US Open title, defeating countrywoman Kim Clijsters, 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s final.

2014 – In one of the most stunning afternoons in US Open history, Kei Nishikori defeats top seed Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 and Marin Cilic dismisses Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The upsets make it the first time at the US Open in the Open Era that the two men’s seeds both lost in the semifinals.

THEY SAID IT!!!

“I'm feeling great. Honestly I'm choosing not to look at the phone much. It's vibrating in my pocket as we talk. I'm trying to keep focused, stay with the people that are around, that have been here the whole time, not get too caught up in everything else. At the end we can all talk about it, talk to my friends. Right now it's business, work to do. I'm looking forward to it.”
Donald Young on trying to stay focused on what lies ahead

“I'm just being me, you know. You watch my practice, I do a lot more probably gestures. They're awkward gestures, clumsy gestures, fist pumps. I just do whatever I feel like is right in the moment. If I need to be hyped, I'm hyped. If I need to talk to myself, I talk to myself. Whatever it takes to win, I'm going to do it.”
Victoria Azarenka on her on-court gestures

“It's going to be fun. It's what I work so hard for, to get an opportunity like this. On Monday I'm going to have fun with it. At the same time, I'm going to go out there and believe that I can win the match.”
|John Isner on his upcoming match against Roger Federer

Inside the Record Books: Foreign Finals

Since the Open era began, there have been 18 all-international finals matchups:

1969 - Rod Laver (Australia) vs. Tony Roche (Australia)
1970 - Ken Rosewall (Australia) vs. Tony Roche (Australia)
1973 - John Newcombe (Australia) vs. Jan Kodes (Czechoslovakia)
1986 - Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia) vs. Miloslav Mecir (Czechoslovakia)
1987 - Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia) vs. Mats Wilander (Sweden)
1988 - Mats Wilander (Sweden) vs. Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia)
1989 - Boris Becker (W. Germany) vs. Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia)
1997 - Patrick Rafter (Australia) vs. Greg Rusedski (Great Britain)
1998 - Patrick Rafter (Australia) vs. Mark Philippoussis (Australia)
2004 - Roger Federer (Switzerland) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2007 - Roger Federer (Switzerland) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2008 - Roger Federer (Switzerland) vs. Andy Murray (Great Britain)
2009 - Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) vs. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2010 - Rafael Nadal (Spain) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2011 – Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2012 – Andy Murray (Great Britain) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2013 – Rafael Nadal (Spain) vs. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2014 – Marin Cilic (Croatia) vs. Kei Nishikori (Japan)

Fun Fact: US Open Anniversaries in 2015

5th Anniversary (2010)
Rafael Nadal
– wins his first US Open singles title and completes the career Grand Slam
Kim Clijsters – wins her second consecutive US Open singles title

10th Anniversary (2005)
Roger Federer – wins the second of five consecutive US Open singles titles
Kim Clijsters– wins the first of her three US Open singles titles

15th Anniversary (2000)
Marat Safin– wins his first Grand Slam tournament singles title
Venus Williams– wins the first of two consecutive US Open singles titles

20th Anniversary (1995)
Pete Sampras – wins the third of his five US Open singles titles
Steffi Graf – wins the fourth of her five US Open singles titles

25th Anniversary (1990)
Pete Sampras– wins his first Grand Slam tournament singles title
Gabriela Sabatina – wins her first and only Grand Slam tournament singles title

30th Anniversary (1985)
Ivan Lendl – wins the first of three consecutive US Open singles titles
Hana Mandlikova – wins her first and only US Open singles title

35th Anniversary (1980)
John McEnroe – wins the second of three consecutive US Open singles titles
Chris Evert – wins the fifth of her six US Open singles titles

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