On a balmy Sunday night at the Flushing Meadows in New York, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his third US Open title and his 16th Grand Slam title in total. He defeated surprise finalist, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, in straight sets. With this victory, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal swept all the four tennis majors of the year for the first time since 2010 – and the fourth time overall. Nadal is 31 years old and Federer is 36.
On the ladies’ side, young American Sloane Stephens won her first ever Grand Slam title by defeating close friend and fellow first-time finalist Madison Keys in a one-sided US Open women’s final. It was, by all accounts, a tournament of upsets and injuries, and perhaps the most unpredictable two weeks in US Open history.
Here are 8 stunning facts and pieces of trivia about this year’s US Open tennis championships:
1. Nadal’s US Open 2017 title run is the first time in the open era a man has won a Grand Slam Singles title without facing a top-20 seed.
2. Sloane Stephens became only the fifth unseeded woman in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam Singles title. She won the tournament only 69 days after returning from an 11-month injury layoff. Six weeks ago, Sloane Stephens was ranked 957th in the world. Now, she will be the World No. 17.
3. This was the first time since 2004 that Nadal and Federer were playing in a Grand Slam tournament without the presence of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Nadal and Federer are now No. 1 and No. 2 in the ATP rankings – the first time since 2011 this has happened.
4. Four American women (Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe) reached the US Open semifinals for the first time in 36 years. The last time was Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Barbara Potter and Tracy Austin in 1981.
5. Coming into the 2017 US Open, Rafael Nadal’s No. 1 points tally of 7645 was the lowest for a World No. 1 ever since the Slam seeds increased from 16 to 32 in 2002.
6. Nadal and Federer have NEVER met at the US Open tennis championships in their career. They have won 8 titles between them but are yet to meet in New York. They were set for a semifinal showdown last week, but Federer lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals.
7. This was Nadal’s first hard-court tournament victory since Doha in 2014 and his first US Open title since 2013.
8. 36-year-old Swiss legend Martina Hingis won a shocking 25th Grand Slam title – 5 singles, 13 doubles, and 7 mixed doubles – on Sunday by winning both the US Open women’s doubles (with Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan) and mixed doubles with Britain’s Jamie Murray in consecutive days. In 1997, Martina Hingis faced Venus Williams in the US Open women’s final. 17-year-old Hingis then defeated 16-year-old Williams, who reached the US Open 2017 semifinals, losing to eventual champion Sloane Stephens.