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Ilie Năstase defeated Arthur Ashe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–5), 6–4, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1972 US Open. Stan Smith was the defending champion but lost in the quarterfinals to Arthur Ashe.

Men's Singles
1972 US Open
ChampionRomania Ilie Năstase
Runner-upUnited States Arthur Ashe
Final score3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–5), 6–4, 6–3
Details
Draw148
Seeds16
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
Legends men women mixed
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
← 1971 · US Open · 1973 →

SeedsEdit

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

  1.   Stan Smith (Quarterfinalist)
  2.   Ken Rosewall (Second round)
  3.   Rod Laver (Fourth round)
  4.   Ilie Năstase (Champion)
  5.   John Newcombe (Third round)
  6.   Arthur Ashe (Finalist)
  7.   Tom Okker (Third round)
  8.   Jan Kodeš (Second round)
  9.   Marty Riessen (Third round)
  10.   Manuel Orantes (Third round)
  11.   Cliff Drysdale (Fourth round)
  12.   Cliff Richey (Semifinalist)
  13.   Bob Lutz (Fourth round)
  14.   Andrés Gimeno (Fourth round)
  15.   Jimmy Connors (First round)
  16.   Bob Hewitt (Fourth round)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

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

Final EightEdit

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

Section 1Edit

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

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6   Ashe 6 6 4 7
  Rahim 3 3 6 6 6 Ashe 6 6 7
  Maud 6 6 6 6 Maud 4 4 6
  Kamiwazumi 2 7 2 4 6 Ashe 6 6 3 6
  Alexander 4 7 6 4 6 Case 4 4 6 1
  Dent 6 6 4 6 4 Alexander 6 6 6 3 4
  Case 6 6 6 Case 7 7 4 6 6
  Schunck 3 2 4 6 Ashe 5 7 6 6
13   Lutz 6 6 6 13 Lutz 7 5 4 3
  Dibley 4 2 2 13 Lutz 6 6 7
  Menon 6 4 4 Vilas 3 3 5
  Vilas 7 6 6 13 Lutz 7 6 6
  Kreiss 3 4 4 Scott 6 2 2
  Scott 6 6 6 Scott 3 6 7 7
  Amritraj 7 6 6 Amritraj 6 4 6 5
  Schroder 6 3 4

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
3   Laver 6 6 6
  Paish 2 1 3 3 Laver 6 6 7
  Warboys 6 6 5 2 Seewagen 3 2 5
  Seewagen 7 4 7 6 3 Laver 6 4 6 6 7
  Fairlie 7 6 6 Fillol, Sr. 2 6 7 1 6
  Austin 6 3 2 Fairlie 4 5 3
  Pala 4 1 2 Fillol, Sr. 6 7 6
  Fillol, Sr. 6 6 6 3 Laver 6 6 6 3
12   Richey 6 7 6 12 Richey 3 7 7 6
  Gottfried 2 6 2 12 Richey 6 6 7
  Olmedo 6 7 6 7 Olmedo 2 3 5
  Guerry 3 6 7 6 12 Richey 6 6 7 6 6
  Hagey r Gerken 7 3 6 7 4
  Goven Goven 4 1 7 7 5
  Gerken 7 6 6 Gerken 6 6 6 5 7
  Walthall 6 1 2

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
8   Kodeš 6 6 6
  O'Bryant 2 4 3 8 Kodeš 7 6 6 3 1
  Mayer 6 6 6 Mayer 6 3 7 6 6
  Chanfreau 4 1 3 Mayer 6 6 6
  Proisy 6 6 6 Ramírez 3 3 1
  DuPré 1 4 2 Proisy 2 6 6 6 4
  Ramírez 6 3 6 6 Ramírez 6 2 1 7 6
  Singh 4 6 2 1 Mayer 3 4 6 7 4
9   Riessen 6 6 6 6 McMillan 6 6 3 6 6
  Masters 1 7 3 2 9 Riessen 6 7 6 7
  Moore 4 5 7 1 Anderson 3 5 7 5
  Anderson 6 7 6 6 9 Riessen 2 6 6 4
  McMillan 7 7 7 McMillan 6 7 4 6
  Rouyer 5 5 6 McMillan 6 6 6
  Leonard 6 3 6 6 7 Leonard 2 3 4
  Higgins 3 6 7 4 6

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  McKinley 3 4 6
  Pasarell 6 6 7 Pasarell 7 6 6
  Amritraj 6 3 2 3 Gerulaitis 6 3 2
  Gerulaitis 2 6 6 6 Pasarell 5 6 4 3
  Hardie 2 6 3 4 11 Drysdale 7 4 6 6
  N'Godrella 6 4 6 6 N'Godrella 3 6 1 4
  Belkin 5 r 11 Drysdale 6 4 6 6
11   Drysdale 5 11 Drysdale 6 6 4 6
  Emerson 7 4 2 2 Stolle 4 7 6 7
  Stolle 6 6 6 6 Stolle 6 6 6
  Machette 1 7 6 6 Machette 3 4 3
  Holeček 6 6 4 4 Stolle 7 6 5 7
  Dibbs 6 6 6 7 5 Newcombe 6 4 7 6
  Borowiak 2 7 3 6 Dibbs 3 4 3
  Kakoulia 1 2 4 5 Newcombe 6 6 6
5   Newcombe 6 6 6

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  Russell 4 6 6 3 4
  Kukal 6 4 3 6 6 Kukal 3 4 2
  Dell 4 7 4 6 Cornejo 6 6 6
  Cornejo 6 5 6 7 Cornejo 4 4 6 1
  Fassbender 6 7 6 6 16 Hewitt 6 6 3 6
  Molina 4 6 4 3 Fassbender 5 3 4
  Pohmann 4 2 2 16 Hewitt 7 6 6
16   Hewitt 6 6 6 16 Hewitt 4 4 2
  Dominguez 4 6 6 6 4 Năstase 6 6 6
  Gonzales 6 3 2 3 Dominguez 5 6 7 6
  Reid 6 6 6 Reid 7 4 5 4
  Osborne 4 2 4 Dominguez 3 7 2 3
  Taylor 3 7 6 3 6 4 Năstase 6 5 6 6
  Pattison 6 6 3 6 3 Taylor 5 2 7 6 6
  Velasco, Sr. 0 2 0 4 Năstase 7 6 6 2 7
4   Năstase 6 6 6

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  Sakai 6 7 6
  Kuki 2 5 4 Sakai 3 3 2
  Battrick 3 1 0 Cooper 6 6 6
  Cooper 6 6 6 Cooper 7 6 6
  Parun 4 6 6 6 10 Orantes 6 4 4
  Froehling 6 4 3 2 Parun 1 6 6 5 4
  Simpson 5 2 2 10 Orantes 6 2 3 7 6
10   Orantes 7 6 6 Cooper 2 6 6
  Carmichael 6 6 7 Tanner 6 7 7
  Doerner 4 4 6 Carmichael 6 5 3 6 6
  Tanner 7 6 6 Tanner 4 7 6 3 7
  El Shafei 6 4 4 Tanner 6 3 7 6
  Ulrich 7 5 1 6 7 Okker 4 6 5 3
  Solomon 6 7 6 7 Solomon 1 2 2
  Cramer 2 3 4 7 Okker 6 6 6
7   Okker 6 6 6

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
  Keldie 4 0 r
  Ţiriac 6 1 Ţiriac 7 4 6 5 6
  Zuleta 1 3 5 Pilić 6 6 3 7 7
  Pilić 6 6 7 Pilić 4 4 4
  McManus 2 4 6 6 6 Gorman 6 6 6
  Birchmore 6 6 1 4 3 McManus 6 4 1 3
  Gorman 6 3 6 7 6 Gorman 4 6 6 6
15   Connors 1 6 7 5 4 Gorman 6 6 6
  Hose 7 4 7 7 Stockton 4 3 3
  Faulk 5 6 6 6 Hose 2 3 6 6
  Stockton 6 6 6 Stockton 6 6 3 7
  Barth 4 2 4 Stockton 6 6 4 6 6
  Cox 6 6 6 Cox 7 2 6 2 2
  Granát 4 1 3 Cox 1 6 7 7
  Curtis 1 6 2 2 Rosewall 6 3 6 6
2   Rosewall 6 7 6

Preliminary roundEdit

Player 1 Score Player 2
  Raúl Ramírez 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–3   Sam Giammalva
  Jasjit Singh 6–3, 7–6, 6–3   Steven Turner
  Marty Riessen (9) 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3   Brian Teacher
  Geoff Masters 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3   Ian Fletcher
  Ray Moore 6–3, 7–6, 6–2   Graham Stilwell
  Mal Anderson 6–1, 6–2, 7–6   Norman Holmes
  Frew McMillan 7–5, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6   Erik van Dillen
  Jean-Loup Rouyer 6–7, 6–3, 7–6, 6–1   Stanley Matthews
  Tom Leonard 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–3   Kenneth McMillan
  William Higgins 4–6, 7–6, 7–5, 7–6   Thomaz Koch
  Terry Ryan 6–3, 5–7, 6–7, 3–6   Robert McKinley
  Terry Addison 7–5, 3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 4–6   Charlie Pasarell
  Corrado Barazzutti 4–6, 4–6, 2–6   Vijay Amritraj
  Armistead Neely 5–7, 5–7, 2–6   Vitas Gerulaitis
  Hank Irvine 6–1, 3–6, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6   George Hardie
  Steve Krulevitz 7–6, 5–7, 4–6, 3–6   Wanaro N'Godrella
  Ove Bengtson 5–7, 3–6, 6–1, 2–6   Michael Belkin
  Barry Phillips-Moore 4–6, 1–6, 1–6   Cliff Drysdale (11)
  Björn Borg 5–7, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6   Roy Emerson
  Herb Fitzgibbon 6–7, 4–6, 2–6   Fred Stolle

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