By Chris Oddo | Sunday, August 24, 2014
On the eve of the 2014 US Open, we break down go inside the numbers to see what's at stake for the game's top stars.
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On the eve of the 2014 US Open, we take a look inside the numbers to see what’s on the horizon in the milestone department.
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60 >>> Number of Consecutive Grand Slams played by Roger Federer, which is an Open Era record for the men. For the women, Francesca Schiavone will be playing her 57th consecutive Slam, which places her only five behind Ai Sugiyama’s all-time best streak of 62.
8 >>> The record for number of consecutive US Open semifinals by a man in the Open Era, which would could be equaled by Novak Djokovic if he were to reach the last four this year. The two players to jointly own the record (8) are Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer.
5 >>> Wow, there is one doubles record that Mike and Bob Bryan don’t own! The twins are currently tied with Bob Lutz and Stan Smith for most US Open Open Era titles as a doubles team, and they’re one behind Richard Sears and James Dwight, who won five doubles titles from between 1882-1887.
1977 >>> The last time a female player notched a US Open three-peat, when Chris Evert won her third of what would be four consecutive titles. In 2014, Serena Williams has the chance to become only the second woman to win three consecutive US Open titles in the Open Era. She could also become the only player to win six in the Open Era, tying Chris Evert (6) and passing Steffi Graf (5).
6 >>> The numbers of players to have saved match points and gone on to win the US Open title in the Open Era (Manuel Orantes, 1975/ Martina Navratilova, 1986/ Boris Becker, 1989/ Pete Sampras 1996/ Andy Roddick, 2003/ Novak Djokovic, 2011). Will there be a 7th this year?
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16 >>> Number of times a woman has swept through the US Open without losing a single set in the Open Era. It has not happened once for the men since the Open Era began in 1968. Serena Williams, 2008, was the last to accomplish the feat.
.887 >>> The highest Open Era US Open winning percentage belongs to Pete Sampras on the men’s side, but if Roger Federer wins the title, he will own the record. Federer (67-9, .882) is just a tick behind Sampras (71-9, .887)
38 >>> The longest tiebreak in US Open history was played by Goran Ivanisevic and Daniel Nestor in 1993. It lasted 38 games. In 2011, en route to her lone Grand Slam title, Sam Stosur edged Maria Kirilenko in a 32-point tiebreaker, which is the longest US Open tiebreaker played on the women’s side.
16 >>> Maria Sharapova owns an incredible 16-0 record in night matches (15-0 on Arthur Ashe Stadium). Among active players that have played at least 5 night matches on Ashe, Andy Murray is the only other player to remain undefeated at 8-0. Roger Federer is 22-1, Rafael Nadal is 16-2, Novak Djokovic is 14-1, Serena Williams is 26-7 and Venus Williams is 26-4.
5 >>> Very interesting fact: Only 5 top seeds have failed to reach the semifinals in the Open Era at the US Open on the women's side. They are: Dinara Safina, 2009/ Ana Ivanovic, 2008/ Justine Henin, 2004/ Martina Navratilova, 1982/ Billie Jean King, 1973. No top-seeded woman has ever lost in the first round of the US Open in the Open Era. The last time a top-seeded man was knocked out in the first round was 1990, when Stefan Edberg lost to Alexander Volkov in straight sets. Only one other top-seeded male seed has lost in the first round.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Chris Evert had five U.S. Open titles. She has six.