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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday August 29, 2021

The eve of the US Open is always a good time to take stock of what’s at stake in the season’s final major. Here at Tennis Now we are eagerly looking forward to the fortnight. Here are some of the numbers and statistics that will shape our coverage.

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1969 The last time a man won the calendar-year Grand Slam was 1969, and this year Novak Djokovic is bidding to become the second man in Open Era history to accomplish the feat. If the World No.1 can get it done he will stand alone on top of the all-time Grand Slam titles list and further distance himself from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have never claimed the calendar Slam.

It is the biggest storyline of the US Open. Djokovic begins his quest on Tuesday with a first-round tilt with 18-year-old qualifier Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune.

7 Naomi Osaka’s current winning streak at the US Open. The Japanese star, who is seeded third this year, has only played four matches since her stunning withdrawal from Roland Garros due to mental health reasons, winning two and losing two. Can Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion find her “A” game in time to run the table at New York? It’s going to be interesting to see.

Osaka opens her US Open with a first-round match against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. We’ll be watching that one closely for clues…

7 The number of US Open singles champions in this year’s field. There are six former women’s singles champions – Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, and Samantha Stosur – and two former men’s singles champions (Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic).

78 The number of consecutive Grand Slam main draws played by Feliciano Lopez. The legendary Spaniard has the longest streak in tennis history and has not missed a main draw at a major since the 2002 Australian Open.

59 The current streak of consecutive Grand Slams played by Frances Alizé Cornet. The Frenchwoman has the longest active streak among her WTA peers and is three Slams shy of tying Ai Sugiyama for the WTA record.

8 Number of Grand Slams that Djokovic has won since turning 30, which is a record for ATP players in the Open Era. The Serb will bid to make it nine at the US Open.

The all-time Open Era record for Grand Slam singles won after turning 30 is held by Serena Williams, who has won ten.

42 Ivo Karlovic, who qualified for the main draw and will face Andrey Rublev in round one on Monday, is the oldest qualifier at a Grand Slam since 1977.

14-0Andy Murray’s record in first-round matches at the US Open. The 2012 champion will have his hands full as he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in round one action on Monday.

2011 Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino makes her first US Open appearance since 2011. The former World No.38 took seven years off after retiring in 2012. Inspiring story to see her back on the rise.

60 Number of Grand Slams won by Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, out of the last 72 (since Roger Federer’s first Wimbledon title in 2003).

337 Djokovic begins his 337th week at No.1 this week at the US Open. It’s the most all-time among ATP players. Only Steffi Graf (377) has spent more weeks at the top of the rankings in professional tennis.

1 Number of times that the top-seeded woman has lost in the first round of the US Open. Simona Halap Kaia Kanepi in 2018. Ashleigh Barty, this year’s No.1 seed, faces Vera Zvonareva in round one on Tuesday.

5 There have been five unseeded champions in US Open history – Mal Anderson (1957), Fred Stolle (1966), Andre Agassi (1994), Kim Clijsters (2009) and Sloane Stephens (2017).

0-10 The record of seeds 2 through 8 at the US Open against Djokovic in Grand Slam matches.

75-12 Djokovic’s career record at the US Open. Seeds No.2 through 8 on the men’s side have combined for 61 wins.

61 Pete Sampras (144 in 2002) holds the record for most aces in a single tournament at the US Open, but it is Ivo Karlovic (61) who holds the record for most aces in a single match. The Croatian hit 61 against Yen Hsun Lu in the first round in 2016.

7 Number of players that have won the US Open title in the Open Era after saving match points at some point in the tournament. They are:

Manuel Orantes, 1975
Martina Navratilova, 1986
Boris Becker, 1989
Pete Sampras, 1996
Andy Roddick, 2003
Novak Djokovic, 2011
Stan Wawrinka, 2016


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