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Top seed Novak Djokovic connects on a backhand in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Thursday, September 4, 2014



1959 – Sixteen-year-old Arthur Ashe makes his debut at the U.S. Championships and loses to 21-year-old Rod Laver, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, in the first round.

1992 – In his record 115th and final US Open singles match, Jimmy Connors is defeated by Ivan Lendl, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0, in a second round night match.

1999 – In a battle of teenagers, 17-year-old Serena Williams, the eventual champion, defeats 16-year-old Kim Clijsters, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, in a dramatic third round match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

2005 – The 14th meeting between sisters Venus and Serena Williams occurs in the fourth round (the earliest the two have met in a tournament since their first pro encounter in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open). It is their third meeting at the US Open and a rematch of the 2001 and 2002 finals, which they split. Venus wins the match, 7-6(5), 6-2, to level the head-to-head series at seven matches apiece.

2006 – The US Open establishes a single-day attendance record when 60,506 fans pass through the turnstiles on Labor Day. It is the first time attendance tops 60,000 in a single day in US Open history.

2011 – Two days after playing the longest women’s match recorded in US Open history, Samantha Stosur plays the longest women’s tie-break in women’s Grand Slam tournament history, falling in the second set tie-break to Maria Kirilenko, 17-15. Stosur goes on to win the third set and the match, 6-2, 6-7(15), 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals.

2013 – Flavia Pennetta completes a stunning run through the draw by defeating No. 10 seed Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-1, in an all-Italian affair. With the win, Pennetta advances to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time and continues her run of upsets, having earlier ousted No. 4 Sara Errani, No. 21 Simona Halep and No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova.




“Well, I was aiming to play my best tennis in US Open, and I knew that's going to happen. I mean, I was believing it's going to happen, and I'm really glad that I'm in another semifinal here.”

- Novak Djokovic on the level of tennis he’s been able to play this tournament


“I think I can do better. I mean, yeah, it was a good tournament. Played some nice tennis at times. Definitely a few things I can do better to keep working on and improving. But, yeah, I mean, it's a shame.”

- Andy Murray on how he will reflect on the US Open


“Tonight I was just trying to do what I have been working on in practice. She was playing really well and she was playing, you know, very aggressive. So I had to just step up my level of game, as well.

- Serena Williams on seeming extremely focused during her match


“I want to give full credit to my opponent. She deserves to win. She played much better than me today.”

- Victoria Azarenka on whether suffering from food poisoning leading into her match affected the outcome


Inside the Record Books: Ace Leaders by Year



2013 - Milos Ranoic, 104                                                      

2012 - Milos Raonic, 103                                                      

2011 - John Isner, 94                                                        

2010 - Roger Federer, 86                                                        

2009 - Roger Federer, 87                                                       

2008 - Gilles Muller, 128                                                      

2007 - Roger Federer, 75                                                        

2006 - Andy Roddick, 102                                                      

2005 - Andre Agassi, 76                                                        

2004 - Joachim Johansson, 126                                                      

2003 - Andy Roddick, 123                                                      

2002 - Pete Sampras, 144                                                      

2001 - Pete Sampras, 120                                                      

2000 - Marat Safin, 115                                                      



2013 - Serena Williams, 34                                                        

2012 - Serena Williams, 63                                                        

2011 - Serena Williams, 57                                                        

2010 - Venus Williams, 35                                                        

2009 - Serena Williams, 38                                                        

2008 - Serena Williams, 33                                                        

2007 - Marion Bartoli, 47                                                        

2006 - Maria Sharapova, 44                                                        

2005 - Mary Pierce, 35                                                        

2004 - Svetlana Kuznetsova, 57                                                        

2003 - Lindsay Davenport, 39                                                        

2002 - Serena Williams, 61                                                        

2001 - Serena Williams, 55                                                        

2000 - Serena Williams, 45                                                        


Fun Fact: Attendance Total

Last year, overall attendance surpasses 700,000 for the sixth time, with the final tally of 713,026 ranking fourth-highest in tournament history.