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List of US Open singles finalists during the open era

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]

US Open Singles Finalists
Location
Created1968
(52 finals, including 2019)
Men's Most8: Ivan Lendl
Pete Sampras
Novak Djokovic
Men's Most Consecutive8: Ivan Lendl
Women's Most10: 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)
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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 three times in four years, beginning in 2010; winning twice in 2010 and 2013 while losing in 2011; and then won two more finals in 2017 and 2019.[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 ten 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.

MenEdit

During the 52 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 44 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]

  • * = Champion
 
Pete Sampras was an eight-time finalist (five wins, three losses).
 
Ivan Lendl was an eight-time finalist (three wins, five losses).
 
Novak Djokovic has been an eight-time finalist (three wins, five losses).
 
Jimmy Connors was a seven-time finalist (five wins, two losses).
 
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 5 4–1 2010*, 2011, 2013*, 2017*, 2019*
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
Daniil Medvedev   Russia 1 0–0 2019

Most recent finalEdit

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2019   Spain Rafael Nadal   Russia Daniil Medvedev

Multiple-time opponents in the open eraEdit

Opponents Record Finals meetings
Most Wins Most Losses
  Jimmy Connors   Björn Borg 2–0 1976, 1978
  John McEnroe   Björn Borg 2–0 1980, 1981
  Jimmy Connors   Ivan Lendl 2–0 1982, 1983
  Ivan Lendl vs   John McEnroe 1–1 1984 (McEnroe), 1985 (Lendl)
  Ivan Lendl vs   Mats Wilander 1–1 1987 (Lendl), 1988 (Wilander)
  Pete Sampras   Andre Agassi 3–0 1990, 1995, 2002
  Novak Djokovic vs   Roger Federer 1–1 2007 (Federer), 2015 (Djokovic)
  Rafael Nadal   Novak Djokovic 2–1 2010 (Nadal), 2011 (Djokovic), 2013 (Nadal)

Most consecutive finals in the open eraEdit

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

WomenEdit

During the 52 times that this tournament has been held in the open era, 41 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]

  • * = Champion
 
Serena Williams has been a ten-time finalist (six wins, four losses.
 
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).
Player Nationality Finals Win-Loss Year(s)
Serena Williams   United States 10 6–4 1999*, 2001, 2002*, 2008*, 2011, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2018, 2019
Chris Evert   United States 9 6–3 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979, 1980*, 1982*, 1983, 1984
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*
Bianca Andreescu   Canada 1 1–0 2019*
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 finalEdit

Year Nationality Winner Nationality Runner-up
2019   Canada Bianca Andreescu   United States Serena Williams

Multiple-time opponents in the open eraEdit

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

Most consecutive finals in the open eraEdit

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
  United States Serena Williams 2 2018–19 0 2

Bolded Years^ indicates Active or Current Streak

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  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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