The 2016 US Open kicks off on Monday as the eyes of the tennis world turns to Flushing Meadows in New York City for the final Grand Slam of the year.
With perennial crowd favorite Roger Federer missing for the first time since 1999, all eyes will be on the battle between the top two players in the world – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The Serbian, who completed a Career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open, is looking to regain his lost mojo after early exits at Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics. Murray, the world No2, has been in the best form of his life – winning his 3rd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon before becoming the first singles player to retain Olympic gold at Rio 2016.
Here, Sport360 brings you all the stats all the facts and figures around the US Open.
Titles won by Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer – the Open-era record
US Open Finals for Ivan Lendl (3-5) and Sampras (5-3); Federer (5-2) and Jimmy Connors (5-2) have both featured in 7 US Open finals each.
Match wins for Jimmy Connors (98-17) at the US Open – an all-time record at any Grand Slam. Connors also featured in a record 115 US Open matches, followed by Andre Agassi (79-19) and Federer (78-11).
Win percentage for Sampras (71-9) at Flushing Meadows. He is followed by Federer (78-11, 87.6%) and Djokovic (57-9, 86.4%).
Consecutive titles won by Federer (2004-08) at Flushing Meadows – an Open-era record.
Consecutive finals for Lendl (1982-89) – a record at both the US Open and any Grand Slam.
Runner-up finishes for Lendl (1982-89) he shares the record for the most runner-up finishes at a single major with protege Murray, who has lost the Australian Open final 5 times.
Consecutive semi-final appearances for Connors (1974-85) at Flushing Meadows – an Open-era record for a single Grand Slam.
Federer is the only man to defend his US Open title this century. Before him, Pat Rafter was the last to achieve this feat (1997 and 1998).
Consecutive matches won Federer from 2004 to 2009 (before losing to Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009 Final) – an Open-era US Open Record.
Consecutive sets won by Lendl (1985-86) – an Open-era record at Flushing Meadows. He also won 25 Consecutive sets between the 1986-87 US Opens.
No man in the Open-Era has won the title without dropping a set; Australian Neale Fraser won the US Championships without dropping a set in 1960.
Connors is the only player to have won US Open Singles titles on all three surfaces – Grass (1974), Clay (1976), Hardcourt (1978).
Agassi featured in a record 21 consecutive editions at the US Open (1986-2006); Connors featured in a record 22 US Opens overall (1970-1992).
Stefan Edberg (1991-92) and Rafter (1997-98) are the only undefeated US Open finalists in the Open era.
John McEnroe (4-1) holds the best win-loss record in US Open finals (minimum 5 finals).
Hawk-Eye technology was introduced for the first time in a professional tournament at the US Open in 2006
US Open titles won by Americans in the Open era – the most winners from a single nation.
Swedish Legend Bjorn Borg was 0-4 in US Open Finals, failing to win the title – the record for the most finals without a victory.
US Opens won by Richard Sears, William Larned, and Bill Tilden – the record for the most U.S Open titles.
Consecutive US Open titles won by Sears (1981-87)
The record of Sears in US Open Finals (7-0).
US Open Finals for American Tilden (7-3) – the all-time record for most finals at the US Open. Tilden and Federer (Wimbledon) are the only players to feature in 10 finals at a single major.
Tilden also featured in an all-time record eight consecutive US Open Finals (1918-25), a record which he shares with Lendl.
MULTIPLE MEETINGS IN US OPEN FINALS (Open-Era)
Runner-up finishes for American Bill Johnston – the all-time record for most runner-up finishes at the US Open. He suffered a record 5 losses to compatriot Tilden. (1920, 1922-25).
Win percentage of Tilden (71-7) at the US Open – the all-time US Open record.
Consecutive matches won by Tilden from 1920 to 1926 – the all-time US Open record.
Consecutive sets won by Aussie Frank Sedgman (1951-52) – the all-time record for most consecutive sets won at the US Open.
ALL AMERICAN FINAL – The last all-American final was played in 2002 when Sampras (playing in his last professional match) defeated arch-rival Agassi to clinch his fifth US Open and his 14th Grand Slam title. Sampras is also the last player to win a Grand Slam title on the final attempt (last major appearance).
FIRST-TIMER FINAL – The 2014 US Open final featured a pair of first-time Grand Slam finalists in Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori.
No.1 Seed – In the Open Era, the top seed has clinched the title on 16 occasions.
LAST AMERICAN CHAMPION – Andy Roddick was the last native US Open champion; he won the title in 2003 after defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero).
MATCH POINTS ERASED – Djokovic was the last man to save match points during a Grand Slam title run. He achieved the feat at the 2011 US Open when he saved two match points against Federer in a classic semi-final.
ALL-LEFTY FINAL – The 1977 US Open final between Argentine Guillermo Vilas and Connors was the last all-lefty final at the US Open.
SHORTEST FINAL – Connors defeated Ken Rosewall 6–1, 6–0, 6–1 in the final to win the 1974 US Open title. This match set the Open-era record for shortest Grand Slam men’s singles final, both in number of games and duration, taking only 1 hour and 18 minutes (20 games) to finish.
DEFENDING CHAMPION EXIT – In 1999, Rafter became the only defending champion in the Open era to exit at the first round stage, retiring injured to unseeded Frenchman Cedric Pioline.
0-2 COMEBACK IN FINALS – American Pancho Gonzales was the last man to win the title from two sets down in 1949 (d. Ted Schroeder).
SURFACE: The US Open is the only major to be played on all the three surfaces
Grass – 1881–1974
Clay (HarTru) – 1975–1977
Hard (DecoTurf) – 1978–Present
Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island – 1881-1914
West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills – 1915–1920, 1924–1977
Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia – 1921–1923
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York – 1978-Present
$46.3 million – The total prize money at the 2016 US Open, a 10% increase from last year – making it the most lucrative event in professional tennis history.
$3.5 million – Prize Money to the singles champion at the 2016 US Open – making the event the highest-paying Grand Slam in the world (ahead of Wimbledon).
Serena Williams heads into the US Open at Flushing Meadows as the top contender despite an early exit from the Olympic Games in Rio.
The Wimbledon 2016 winner is chasing a record seventh title in New York and is still not at 100 per cent following a shoulder injury that plagued her in Brazil, opening the door for other contenders.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber is just one of the players with a chance to seize the number one ranking if Williams falters.
Third-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza also has a shot at the top, although the 22-year-old who stunned Williams in the French Open final will need her best US Open ever to do so. In three main-draw appearances she has won just one match.
Sport360 takes a look at the women to watch in New York.
WTA ranking: 1 Grand Slam singles titles: 22 US Open best: Won 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14
The American is poised to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 186 straight weeks as world No1. And she can go one better than the German by winning a seventh US Open and take her Grand Slam haul to a record 23. Serena enters the tournament after an early defeat at the Olympics where she had a right shoulder problem
ANGELIQUE KERBER (GER)
WTA ranking: 2 Grand Slam singles titles: 1 US Open best: Semi-final in 2011
Kerber is the one to watch, having defeated Serena to claim her maiden major at the Australian Open this year and finishing runner-up at Wimbledon. Would have been world No1 but for her final defeat in Cincinnati. Kerber also missed out on Olympic gold, losing to Monica Puig in the final, and will have her sights on the trophy in New York.
GARBINE MUGURUZA (ESP)
WTA ranking: 3 Grand Slam singles titles: 1 US Open best: Second round in 2015
The big hitting Spaniard won her maiden grand slam at the French Open but has struggled to maintain her form since. Muguruza lost in the second round at Wimbledon and third round at the Olympics. However, she made it to the semifinals in Cincinnati and her opponents should be prepared for a big challenge.
WTA ranking: 9 Grand Slam singles titles: None US Open best: Fourth round in 2015
The 21-year-old is beginning to showcase her potential. Keys reached the Olympics semi-final and then lost a three-set bronze medal match to Petra Kvitova. Has barely recovered from a neck injury but should be up for it.
KAROLINA PLISKOVA (CZE)
WTA ranking: 11 Grand Slam singles titles: None US Open best: Third round in 2014
The Czech star crushed Garbine Muguruza in the Cincinnati semis, before brushing aside Angelique Kerber in the final with her powerpacked game. Her dominance over the two players should serve as a big warning to others.
MONICA PUIG (PUR)
WTA ranking: 34 Grand Slam singles titles: None US Open best: Second round in 2014
The 22-year-old created history by winning Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal. She defeated three major champions – Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber – along the way. Won’t be short on confidence.
Contenders for success: Murray, Dimitrov, Wawrinka, Cilic.
Andy Murray heads into the US Open at Flushing Meadows as the man in form after a summer of glory which has seen the Scot claim back-to-back triumphs at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
However, with Roger Federer absent and both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s form uncertain, it is one of the first major tournaments in recent years when attention has not immediately focused upon what had been mens’ tennis’ established top four.
Sport360 takes a look at the men to watch in New York.