50 for 50: Andy Murray

50 for 50: Andy Murray

It was commonly referred to as the Big Four, but Andy Murray was missing one critical piece of hardware that his peers – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – had collected in abundance: a Grand Slam singles trophy. That all changed when the 2012 US Open rolled around.

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50 for 50: Maria Sharapova

50 for 50: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova embraced the US Open trophy and then thrust it proudly into the air. The trophy responded by coming undone, the lid toppling off and nearly falling to the concrete floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was Sharapova's only misstep at the 2006 US Open.

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Follow along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Moments

Follow along as we countdown the 50 Greatest Moments

This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Open, we’re counting down the 50 most memorable moments in the history of America’s Grand Slam. 

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50 for 50: Ken Rosewall

50 for 50: Ken Rosewall

In an age of giants of the game – Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Pancho Gonzales, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe – Ken Rosewall stood as tall as any of them during a Hall of Fame career that ran an astonishing three decades through the amateur, professional and Open eras.

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Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Join the #USOpen50 Celebration

Share Your Favorite On/Off Court Moments. Be part of the conversation using hashtag #USOpen50 and tag @USOpen

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50 for 50: Hana Mandlikova

50 for 50: Hana Mandlikova

Hana Mandlikova beat the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world – Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova – in successive matches to capture the 1985 US Open women's singles crown.

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50 for 50: Stan Wawrinka

50 for 50: Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka cemented his standing as one of the world’s best on the rough-and-tumble hard courts so well-suited to his gritty game, putting a capstone on a tremendous late-in-tennis-life surge by winning the 2016 US Open title.

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50 for 50: Svetlana Kuznetsova

50 for 50: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Elena Dementieva in an all-Russian women's final at the 2004 US Open to capture her first Grand Slam title.

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50 for 50: Guillermo Vilas

50 for 50: Guillermo Vilas

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 1977, Guillermo Vilas helped make tennis history and tennis lore, as the No. 4 seed was matched up against defending champion and top-seeded Jimmy Connors in a duel of two of the finest champions of clay-court tennis.

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50 for 50: Martina Hingis

50 for 50: Martina Hingis

Across three decades, Martina Hingis captured 25 major championships, a career Grand Slam in both doubles and mixed doubles, and one US Open singles crown.

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50 for 50: Mats Wilander

50 for 50: Mats Wilander

A seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, Mats Wilander saved perhaps his best major performance for last at the 1988 US Open.

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50 for 50: Andy Roddick

50 for 50: Andy Roddick

The 2003 US Open began with the official retirement of five-time men's champion Pete Sampras, arguably the greatest American in men’s tennis history. Enter Andy Roddick. The successor to Sampras as the next great American man flexed his muscles – and his serve and forehand – over the ensuing two weeks, keeping the US Open men’s trophy on U.S. soil.

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50 for 50: Gabriela Sabatini

50 for 50: Gabriela Sabatini

Argentine Gabriela Sabatini traded picture-perfect one-handed backhands with familiar foe Steffi Graf in the 1990 US Open final, avenging a final defeat at the hands of the German two years earlier on the same court.

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50 for 50: Lindsay Davenport

50 for 50: Lindsay Davenport

With her spotless 1998 run, Lindsay Davenport went from promising player to Grand Slam champion. Davenport defeated Nathalie Tauziat, Amanda Coetzer and Venus Williams before dismissing Martina Hingis in the final, becoming the first American-born US Open women’s singles champion since Chris Evert in 1982.

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50 for 50: Juan Martin del Potro

50 for 50: Juan Martin del Potro

During the 2009 Flushing fortnight, New York favorite Juan Martin del Potro dispatched four current or future Grand Slam champions en route to the crown, including Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final.

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50 for 50: Angelique Kerber

50 for 50: Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber had a dream run at the 2016 US Open, cruising through her first six matches and then taking out Karolina Pliskova in a thrilling three-set final to capture the women's singles title and, with it, the No. 1 world ranking.

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50 for 50: Stan Smith

50 for 50: Stan Smith

Calm, cool and collected and barely registering any emotion on the court, American Stan Smith reached the pinnacle of tennis in 1971, when he won his first major singles title at the US Open.

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50 for 50: Sloane Stephens

50 for 50: Sloane Stephens

There are comeback stories. Then there’s Sloane Stephens’ comeback story. Fewer than five months before Stephens won the 2017 US Open women’s single title, she was unable walk. In September, she was jumping for joy.

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50 for 50: Marat Safin

50 for 50: Marat Safin

Marat Safin was a titanic talent, with a game as mercurial as his personality and the kind of easy power that branded him a generational star. Throughout his 12-year professional career, he sometimes struggled to sync mind and body, but when he did, the outcome was often astounding. One such result came in Flushing Meadows in 2000.

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50 for 50: Flavia Pennetta

50 for 50: Flavia Pennetta

The 2015 women's final was an all-Italian affair, with longtime friends Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci vying for the trophy.

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50 for 50: Ilie Nastase

50 for 50: Ilie Nastase

The 1972 men's final was a study in contrast between hometown favorite Arthur Ashe and the mercurial, flamboyant, often controversial Romanian Ilie Nastase. Nastase appeared to be on the verge of losing the match but battled back to win in five thrilling sets.

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50 for 50: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

50 for 50: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario reached two finals at the US Open during her career and defeated Steffi Graf in a thrilling 1994 final to become the first woman from Spain to win the women’s singles title in the 108-year history of the tournament.

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50 for 50: Manuel Orantes

50 for 50: Manuel Orantes

In the first year the US Open was played on clay in 1975, one of the game’s greatest grinders—Spain’s Manuel Orantes—finished first at Forest Hills, playing his way to the title with a game that showcased equal amounts of grit, guts and gallantry and included one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the event.

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50 for 50: Rod Laver

50 for 50: Rod Laver

Rod Laver made tennis history at the US Open in 1969 when he won his 11th and final major singles title to complete an unprecedented second calendar-year Grand Slam.

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50 for 50: Samantha Stosur

50 for 50: Samantha Stosur

Serena Williams entered the 2001 women's singles final as the overwhelming favorite, but Samantha Stosur was too good on this day, beating the American at her own game with a barrage of booming forehands.

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50 for 50: Lleyton Hewitt

50 for 50: Lleyton Hewitt

In 2001, Lleyton Hewitt was an up-and-coming talent – a 20-year-old Aussie, known for his intense play, mental toughness and screams of “C’mon” that so many of the world’s top pros voice on court today.

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50 for 50: Virginia Wade

50 for 50: Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade etched her name into the record books when, in 1968, she won the first-ever US Open women’s singles title in the Open era.

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50 for 50: Arthur Ashe

50 for 50: Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe captured the first US Open men’s championship in 1968, becoming the first African-American man to win a major title.

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