- 2008 U.S. Open (tennis)
date=August 25 – September 8
Bob Bryan/ flagicon|USA Mike Bryan
Cara Black/ flagicon|USA Liezel Huber
Cara Black/ flagicon|IND Leander Paes
Niki Moser/ flagicon|GER Cedrik-Marcel Stebe
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn/ flagicon|SWE Sandra Roma
Mary Joe Fernandez/ flagicon|USA MaliVai Washington
Anne Smith/ flagicon|USA Stan Smith
The 2008 US Open was a
tennistournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 127th edition of the US Open, and the fourth and last Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centerin Flushing Meadows, New York City, New York, United States, from August 25 through September 8, 2008.
The men's defending champion,
Roger Federer, won the US Open for a fifth consecutive time, whereas Justine Henin, the women's defending champion, had not returned to defend her title due to her retirement from tennis earlier in the year.
Day by day
Seeds progressing on the first day of play included
David Ferrer, Andy Murray, David Nalbandian, Stanislas Wawrinka, Gilles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Gael Monfils.cite news|author=usta.com|title=2008 U.S. Open - Men's Singles draw| url =http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf|accessdate=2008-08-26|language=English] Recent Olympic gold medalist, and new World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who acknowledged that he was suffering from fatigue post-match, advanced after being tested by qualifier Bjorn Phau;cite news|author= BBC Sport|title=Nadal tested in opening victory| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7581260.stm|date=2008-08-26|accessdate=2008-08-26|language=English] Juan Martin del Potro, who entered the Open on a run of nineteen consecutive wins, beat fellow Argentine Guillermo Canas;cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Del Potro captures fourth title| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7567501.stm|date =2008-08-18| accessdate =2008-08-26| language =English] and Americans James Blake(the number eight seed) and Donald Young treated the home crowd to a match spanning five sets, in one of the scheduled night matches, with Blake emerging as the victor.cite news|author=Joshua Robinson|publisher=" New York Times"|title=Night Time Proves to Be Blake Time| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/sports/tennis/26blake.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-26| language =English] Juan Monacoand Feliciano Lopezwere the only seeds who failed to progress.cite news|author= Associated Press|publisher= Tennis Magazine|title=Olympic champs Nadal, Dementieva win US Open matches| url =http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=142534|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English] cite news|author=Simon Lewis|publisher= The Scotsman|title=Murray keen to make hard work pay off in New York| url =http://sport.scotsman.com/tennis/Murray-keen-to-make-hard.4428837.jp|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English]
In the women's competition,
Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Marion Bartoli, Victoria Azarenka, Patty Schnyder, Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Katarina Srebotnik, and Sybille Bammerall made safe passage in to the second round.cite news|author=usta.com|title=2008 U.S. Open - Women's Singles draw| url =http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ws/wsdraw.pdf|accessdate=2008-08-26|language=English] Nadal's Olympic counterpart, Elena Dementieva, made hard work of her win against Akgul Amanmuradova,cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Dementieva opens with scrappy win| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7581247.stm|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-26| language =English] and former champion Lindsay Davenport, playing the US Open for the first time since her return to the sport from a break due to motherhood,cite news|author=" The Vancouver Sun"|title=Davenport cruising at Open| url =http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/story.html?id=28aab249-c290-44cd-ae64-498b72baaf6a|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English] beat recent Bank of the West Classic winner Aleksandra Wozniakcite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Wozniak takes title in Stanford| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7516546.stm|date =2008-07-20| accessdate =2008-08-26| language =English] in a comfortable two sets. Seeded losers included 2007 semifinalist Anna Chakvetadze, who lost to Ekaterina Makarova, making this her worst Slam finish in three years; Maria Kirilenko, who lost to Tamira Paszek; and Shahar Peer, who lost to Na Li 2–6, 6–0, 6–1.
*Seeded players out: Juan Monaco, Feliciano Lopez; Shahar Peer, Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Kirilenko.
Day 2 saw the first round matches from the bottom half of the draw begin;
Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Ivo Karlovic, Tommy Robredo, Igor Andreev, and Paul-Henri Mathieuall progressed.cite news|author= News Corporation|title=RESULTS from Day 2 of the U.S. Open.| url =http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24249907-12428,00.html|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English] Defending champion and number two seed Roger Federer, playing his first Grand Slam since the 2004 Australian Openat a seeding lower than number one, beat Maximo Gonzalez6–3, 6–0, 6–3,cite news|author=Joshua Robinson|publisher=New York Times|title=Federer, Seeded an Unfamiliar No. 2, Easily Advances| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/sports/tennis/27night.html?ref=tennis|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English] and Andreas Seppi, the thirty-first seed, triumphed in five sets (6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 3–6, 6–3) over Hyung-taik Lee. Four seeds exited the tournament: Richard Gasquet, who lost in five sets to former world number two Tommy Haas; Tomas Berdych, who lost to home favorite Sam Querreyin a humbling 6–3, 6–1, 6–2 scoreline;cite news|author= Getty|publisher=BBC Sport|title=US Open day two photos| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7582525.stm|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] Canada Masters runner-up Nicolas Kiefer, who retired at two sets to one and 4–1 down in his match against Ivo Minar; and Mikhail Youzhny, who withdrew due to a viral illness.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=US Open day two photos| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7582525.stm|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English]
World No. 1 and top seed
Ana Ivanovic, who had recently returned from injury, began her campaign with a hard fought win over Vera Dushevina, coming through 6–1, 4–6, 6–4. The Williams sisters Venus and Serena, both former champions, advanced with relative ease, as did in-form player and US Open Serieswinner Dinara Safina.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Ivanovic survives US Open scare| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7583032.stm|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Siblings Advance in Their Own Ways| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/sports/tennis/27siblings.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-08-26| accessdate =2008-08-27| language =English |quote=As the winner of the United States Open Series leading into the Open] Agnieszka Radwanska, Agnes Szavay, Flavia Pennetta, Alize Cornet, Nadia Petrova, Nicole Vaidisova, Alona Bondarenko, Dominika Cibulkova, and former world number one Amelie Mauresmoall scored victories to enter the second round. However, eleventh seed Daniela Hantuchovasuffered a heavy defeat to qualifier Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and thirty-first seed Virginie Razzanowas also beaten.
*Seeded players out: Mikhail Youzhny "(withdrawal)", Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Kiefer; Daniela Hantuchova, Virginie Razzano.
*Seeded players out: Paul Hanley /
On Day 3, the remaining men's first round matches were completed.cite news|author=News Corporation|title=RESULTS from Day 3 of the U.S. Open.| url =http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24254183-12428,00.html|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-28| language =English] cite news|author=usta.com|title=2008 U.S. Open - Men's Singles draw| url =http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf|accessdate=2008-08-26|language=English] Third-seeded
Novak Djokovicwon in straight sets against Arnaud Clement, but was hampered by an ankle injury, for which he received courtside treatment. Andy Roddickproduced a sterling performance to defeat Fabrice Santoro6–2, 6–2, 6–2, and Nikolay Davydenko, who entered the tournament on a poor run of form was, by his own admission, surprisingly efficient in dispatching Dudi Sela6–3, 6–3, 6–3.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Djokovic wins after injury scare| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7584572.stm|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-28| language =English] Nicolas Almagro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Radek Stepanek, and Marin Cilicwon their matches to claim places in the second round, meaning that no seeds were knocked out on Day 3.
In the women's second round matches,
Elena Dementieva, Patty Schnyder, Marion Bartoli, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Lindsay Davenport, Katarina Srebotnik, and Sybille Bammerall recorded routine victories to reach the third round. Two players who faced greater resistance from their opponents were Jelena Jankovicand Svetlana Kuznetsova. Jankovic, playing against Sofia Arvidsson, had match points in the second set, and eventually came through 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–4. The match, which lasted two hours and forty-four minutes, left Jankovic unable to complete her warmdown. Kuznetsova meanwhile, had to come back from being 4–2 down to Sorana Cirsteain the first set, before winning in two. Fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games, lost to Tatiana Perebiynis; Francesca Schiavonelost to Anne Keothavong, making Keothavong the first British woman to reach the third round of the US Open since Jo Durie's run at the 1991 Open;cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Keothavong clinches historic win| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7584555.stm|date =2008-08-27| accessdate =2008-08-28| language =English] and Anabel Medina Garrigueslost to recent Wimbledon semifinalist Jie Zheng.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Jankovic survives Arvidsson test| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7584608.stm|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-28| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Francesca Schiavone, Vera Zvonareva, Anabel Medina Garrigues.
*Seeded players out:
Jeff Coetzee/ Rogier Wassen, Mariusz Fyrstenberg/ Marcin Matkowski; Eva Hrdinova/ Vladimira Uhlirova, Kveta Peschke/ Rennae Stubbs, Maria Kirilenko/ Flavia Pennetta, Yung-jan Chan / Chia-jung Chuang, Nathalie Dechy/ Casey Dellacqua.
The second round of the men's singles commenced, and
David Nalbandian, Stanislas Wawrinka, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon, and Juan Martin del Potroall reached the final sixty-four of the draw. Joining them was Rafael Nadal, who completed an imposing defeat over qualifier and world number 261 Ryler De Heart, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4. Three seeds who faced sterner tests from their opponents were David Ferrer, who won a battling contest against Andreas Beck in four sets, Andy Murray, who was inconsistent in defeating Michael Llodra6–4, 1–6, 7–5, 7–6(7),cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Murray edges to win over Llodra| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7585267.stm|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English] and American James Blake, who was tied 4–6, 6–3, 1–0 with Steve Darcisbefore the Belgian's retirement. Two upsets occurred on Day 4: one involved Philipp Kohlschreiber, who retired against the Legg Mason Tennis Classic finalist of a fortnight previous, Viktor Troicki, at 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 3–0 down; the other saw Paul-Henri Mathieubeaten by American Mardy Fish6–2, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Nadal class too much for DeHeart| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7587128.stm|date =2008-08-29| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English] cite news|author= Tennis Magazine|title=Ivanovic shocked at US Open| url =http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=143298|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English] In the second set of women's second round matches, the biggest shock of the tournament was provided by world number 188 Julie Coin, who defeated Ana Ivanovic, the World No. 1, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3. It was the earliest exit made by a top seed at the tournament since Maria Bueno's second round loss at the 1967 U.S. National Championships, before the beginning of the Open Era; Ivanovic, who made a similarly unexpected exit at the Wimbledon Championships,cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Top seed Ivanovic upset by Zheng| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7478357.stm|date =2008-06-27| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English] conceded she was not playing to the standard of a world number one. Coin set up a clash with Amelie Mauresmo, who bypassed the threat of Kaia Kanepi2–6, 6–4, 6–0. Venus Williams eased to victory over Rossana de los Rios6–0, 6–3, and sister Serena won in similar fashion versus Elena Vesnina, 6–1, 6–1. A top ten seed who had greater problems progressing was Dinara Safina, who was troubled by her own unpredictable manner of play in defeating Roberta Vinci6–4, 6–3; Agnieszka Radwanska, Nadia Petrova, Flavia Pennetta, Alize Cornet, and Dominika Cibulkovaalso came through. Two seeded players who fell were Agnes Szavay, who lost to Tathiana Garbin5–7, 6–2, 6–3, and Nicole Vaidisova, who lost to Severine Bremond.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Ivanovic beaten by qualifier Coin| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7586573.stm|date =2008-08-28| accessdate =2008-08-29| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Nicole Vaidisova, Agnes Szavay, Ana Ivanovic; Paul-Henri Mathieu, Philipp Kohlschreiber.
*Seeded players out:
Arnaud Clement/ Michael Llodra"(retirement)", Max Mirnyi/ Jamie Murray; Victoria Azarenka/ Shahar Peer; Yung-jan Chan / Julian Knowle.
Roger Federerand Nikolay Davydenkocompleted easy wins, over Thiago Alves and Augustin Callerirespectively, to reach the third round on the fifth day of play at Flushing Meadows. Novak Djokovicwas forced into a first set tiebreakagainst American qualifier Robert Kendrick, and, after having been 6–2 up, faced two sets points in Kendrick's favor, before winning it 10–8; Djokovic then took the next two sets, 6–4, 6–4. Afterwards, Djokovic credited the first set win to his improved mental strength. Another top ten seed who faced problems in the early stages of his match was Andy Roddick, who eventually secured a 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 7–5 win over Ernests Gulbis. Fernando Gonzalezwon in straight sets against Bobby Reynolds, despite sustaining an ankle injury; Tommy Robredoended 2000 champion Marat Safin's participation in four; and Gilles Mullerand Jarkko Nieminen, two unseeded players, won their matches after each having been two sets down. Other seeds to make progress were Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov, Radek Stepanek, Marin Cilic, and Andreas Seppi.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Federer & Djokovic cruise through| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7589244.stm|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-30| language =English]
In the women's singles,
Svetlana Kuznetsovabecame the second top five seed to be knocked out in the space of two days, as she succumbed to number twenty-eight seed Katarina Srebotnik, 6–3, 6–7(1), 6–3. Kuznetsova praised Srebotnik in defeat, saying that she had no qualms over her own performance. Jelena Jankovic, who was playing Jie Zheng, found herself in a similar predicament to Kuznetsova, in that she was facing a second difficult match-up in three days. Jankovic, however, prevailed, 7–5, 7–5, after a steadfast Zheng saved four match points in a final game that witnessed 11 deuces. Marion Bartolireached the fourth round, beating veteran Lindsay Davenport, who would neither confirm nor deny whether she was on the brink of retirement. Elena Dementieva, Patty Schnyder, and Sybille Bammerall continued their progress through the early rounds, and Caroline Wozniacki, the twenty-first seed, upset fourteenth seeded Victoria Azarenka.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Kuznetsova stunned by Srebotnik| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7589236.stm|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-30| language =English] cite news|author=MSN|title=US Open Results on Day 5| url =http://sports.in.msn.com/tennis/stories/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1646229|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-30| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, Lindsay Davenport.
*Seeded players out:
Jonas Bjorkman/ Kevin Ullyett, Pablo Cuevas/ Luis Horna; Nuria Llagostera Vives/ Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez; Chia-jung Chang / Daniel Nestor, Ai Sugiyama/ Kevin Ullyett, Nathalie Dechy/ Andy Ram, Zi Yan / Mark Knowles.
Day 6 featured several surprises and high intensity contests, as four of the eight men's matches went to five sets, and five seeded players were knocked out. The win that the "
New York Times" lauded as the greatest upset of the men's competition thus far, was Kei Nishikori's victory over 2007 semifinalist and fourth seed David Ferrer. Nishikori, ranked world number 126, won after Ferrer had staged a comeback from two sets down, and then saved five match points of his, 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5. Nishikori, aged 18, was the youngest man to reach the fourth round at the US Open since Marat Safinin 1998, and the first Japanese man since Shuzo Matsuokaat the 1995 Wimbledon Championshipsto reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam.cite news|author=Karen Crouse|publisher="New York Times"|title=Victory by Japanese Teenager Highlights Day of Upsets | url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/sports/tennis/31night.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English] Nishikori set up a tie with Juan Martin del Potro, who stretched his winning run to 22 matches with a 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 triumph over Gilles Simon, who was seeded one place higher than him at sixteenth. Andy Murrayand Stanislas Wawrinkaboth came through in five sets, and both had to forge comebacks after having been 2–0 down in sets. Murray, who at one point was two points away from losing the match,cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Dogged Murray survives huge scare| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7589292.stm|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English] defeated Jurgen Melzer6–7(5), 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–1, 6–3; whilst Wawrinka beat lucky loser Flavio Cipolla5–7, 6–7(4), 6–4, 6–0, 6–4. Thirty-second seed Gael Monfilsknocked out number seven David Nalbandian; unseeded Mardy Fishbeat number nine seed and good friend James Blake;cite news|author=Karen Crouse|publisher="New York Times"|title=Fish Ousts Blake, but Isn’t Sure How to Celebrate| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/sports/tennis/31fish.html?ref=tennis| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English] and the also unseeded Sam Querreybeat number fourteen Ivo Karlovic(all straight sets). Rafael Nadalalso reached the fourth round.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Top seed Nadal overpowers Troicki| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7590224.stm|date =2008-08-31| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English]
Milestones were also being set in the women's competition, as
Anna-Lena Groenefeld(who beat number seventeen seed Alize Cornet) became the first qualifier to reach the fourth round of the US Open since Anna Kournikovain 1996. The Williams sisters continued their progression untroubled, as each won on the scoreline of 6–2, 6–1 (Venus against number twenty-seven seed Alona Bondarenko, Serena against number thirty Ai Sugiyama). Dinara Safinawas again forced into a tough match, eventually beating teenager Timea Bacsinszky3–6, 7–5, 6–2, after being two points away from losing the match in the second set.cite news|author=Karen Crouse|publisher="New York Times"|title=Safina Shows She Can Win Playing It Cool, Too| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/sports/tennis/31safina.html?ref=tennis| date=2008-08-31| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English] In the other matches, ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanskaeased to victory over eighteenth seed Dominika Cibulkova, 6–0, 6–3; sixteenth seed Flavia Pennettabeat Nadia Petrova, seeded three places lower; Amelie Mauresmoended the run of Julie Coin; and wild card Severine Bremondknocked Tathiana Garbinout of the tournament.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Williams sisters continue march| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7590089.stm|date =2008-08-30| accessdate =2008-08-31| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Dominika Cibulkova, Alona Bondarenko, Ai Sugiyama, Nadia Petrova, Alize Cornet; Ivo Karlovic, David Nalbandian, Gilles Simon, David Ferrer, James Blake.
*Seeded players out:
Jonathan Erlich/ Andy Ram, Julien Benneteau/ Nicolas Mahut, Simon Aspelin/ Julian Knowle; Elena Vesnina/ Vera Zvonareva; Kveta Peschke/ Pavel Vizner.
On the day that marked the half-way point of the tournament, the men's third round matches were finished.
Novak Djokovic, facing the number thirty seed and recent Pilot Pen Tennis champion Marin Cilic,cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Cilic secures maiden tour title| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7580027.stm|date =2008-08-24| accessdate =2008-09-01| language =English] was severely tested by the 19-year-old, but won through 6–7(7), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6(0) in four hours. Cilic continued to claw his way back into the match, as early breaks of serve by Djokovic in the final three sets were all nullified, and two match points were missed before he won. Roger Federer's win was in contrast to this, as he completed a comprehensive victory over number twenty-eight seed Radek Stepanek, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2; and Andy Roddickalso made easier passage to the fourth round, defeating number thirty Andreas Seppi6–2, 7–5, 7–6(4). Both of these players were particularly successful on their serves. Nikolay Davydenkoalso put in a consummate performance to beat twenty-sixth seed Dmitry Tursunov, 6–2, 7–6, 6–3. Fifteenth seed Tommy Robredoknocked out the nineteenth seed and Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; eleventh seed Fernando Gonzalezdefeated Jarkko Nieminenin four sets; and number twenty-three seed Igor Andreevdefeated his higher-ranked opponent, number thirteen Fernando Verdasco, 6–2, 6–4, 6–4. Finally, qualifier Gilles Muller, who had not won three Tour level matches since July 2005 coming into the event, beat a second opponent after being two sets to love down (this time number eighteen Nicolas Almagro) in consecutive rounds, 6–7(3), 3–6, 7–6(5), 7–6,(6) 7–5.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Djokovic toils as Federer cruises| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7590985.stm|date =2008-09-01| accessdate =2008-09-01| language =English]
Number two seed
Jelena Jankovicfaced a third successive match in which she struggled to reach the next round, but came through against teenager Caroline Wozniacki3–6, 6–2, 6–1. Jankovic, who faced a similarly stern test versus Wozniacki at Wimbledon,cite news|author=Caroline Cheese|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Jankovic survives Wozniacki test| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7479256.stm|date =2008-07-28| accessdate =2008-09-01| language =English] was sluggish in the opening set, but proved dangerous on the rebound, as she took the next two losing only three games, and played in a more aggressive manner. Elena Dementievacruised to victory against Na Li, and fifteenth seed Patty Schnyderbeat Katarina Srebotnikto reach her second US Open quarterfinal, her first having come ten years earlier. Notably, the other fourth round match played, between twenty-ninth seed Sybille Bammerand number twelve Marion Bartoli, matched the longest women's singles match on record at the Open, clocking in at three hours and three minutes—with Bammer prevailing, 7–6(3), 0–6, 6–4. Bartoli called the trainer twice during the match, and said afterwards that she had been ailed by a stomach bug and low blood pressure.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Jankovic battles into last eight| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7590856.stm|date =2008-08-31| accessdate =2008-09-01| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Katarina Srebotnik; Dmitry Tursunov, Radek Stepanek, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco, Andreas Seppi, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic.
*Seeded players out:
Martin Damm/ Pavel Vizner; Alona Bondarenko/ Kateryna Bondarenko.
Rafael Nadalfaced the first opponent, home favorite Sam Querrey, to cause him a palpable threat, as he came through 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(2), 6–3. Nadal struggled in the latter stages of the second set (which was the first one he dropped in the tournament), and up until the tiebreak of the third, putting in a subdued performance in which the quality of his serve wavered. An American who did progress to the quarter-finals was Mardy Fish, who beat number thirty-two seed Gael Monfils7–5, 6–2, 6–2. Fish played an attack-minded match, hitting 49 winners and regularly utilizing serve and volleytactics. Meanwhile, in the men's night match between number six seed Andy Murrayand number ten Stanislas Wawrinka, Murray secured an accomplished win (6–1, 6–3, 6–3), in what BBCjournalist Piers Newbery called "one of the best performances of his career".cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Brilliant Murray into last eight| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7591051.stm|date =2008-09-02| accessdate =2008-09-02| language =English] Murray set up a clash with Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Kei Nishikoriin straight sets, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Nadal battles into quarter-finals| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7592345.stm|date =2008-09-01| accessdate =2008-09-02| language =English]
In the women's singles, fourth seed
Serena Williamscontinued to make serene progress, as she defeated Severine Bremond6–2, 6–2. Williams was highly successful on her first serve, with a conversion rate of 69%, and a points-won rate of 90%. Sister Venus, the number seven seed, set up a quarter-final clash with her, as she also completed an easy victory, over ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 6–1, 6–3. Serena and Venus, who had recently played each other in the Wimbledon final (with Venus emerging the victor), expressed dismay at their seedings, which meant that they met at an earlier round than the final. The pair had previously faced each other in the Open final, with Venus winning in 2001 and Serena the following year.cite news|author=Karen Crouse|publisher="New York Times"|title=Williams Sisters Will Meet, but Not for the Title| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/sports/tennis/02women.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-01| accessdate =2008-09-02| language =English] Also progressing was sixth seed Dinara Safina, who faced a difficult first set against Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 7–5, 6–0. Safina, who had encountered several difficult opponents before this round, revealed post-match that she was in tears directly before the match, due to the physical exertion she had endured thus far. However, coach Zeljko Krajan persuaded her to play, and she told reporters afterwards of her relief at having done so. Flavia Pennettaalso navigated her way into the quarterfinals, defeating Amelie Mauresmo6–3, 6–0. Mauresmo, a former world number one and two-time Grand Slam champion, played an error-strewn match, in which she served 14 double faults and hit 40 unforced errors.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Serena wins to set up Venus clash| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7592335.stm|date =2008-09-02| accessdate =2008-09-02| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Gael Monfils, Stanislas Wawrinka; Amelie Mauresmo, Agnieszka Radwanska.
*Seeded players out:
Mahesh Bhupathi/ Mark Knowles, Daniel Nestor/ Nenad Zimonjic; Katarina Srebotnik/ Nenad Zimonjic.
On Day 9, two of the top three seeds, and the two finalists from the previous year,
Roger Federerand Novak Djokovic, were severely tested. Federer, aiming for his fifth consecutive Open title, was playing twenty-sixth seed Igor Andreevin one of the scheduled night matches on the Arthur Ashe Stadium;cite news|author=Howard Fendrich|publisher=" Washington Times"|title=Federer staves off upset| url =http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/03/federer-staves-off-upset-by-andreev/|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English] he was victorious in five sets, 6–7(5), 7–6(5), 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. Federer struggled to break Andreev's serve in the opening two sets, whereas Andreev broke Federer in the first game of the first, and had seven break points in the early games of the second (Andreev had a low success rate overall, only taking advantage of two out of fifteen break points in the whole match). In the final set Andreev, at 4–2 down, had five further break point opportunities, but failed to convert any as Federer served out the match. Djokovic was also pushed to five sets, defeating fifteenth seed Tommy Robredo4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3 in nearly four hours. Robredo broke Djokovic's serve at 4–4 the first set, before Djokovic won sets two and three with some ease. However, after having broken serve in the fourth, Robredo levelled the match at 3–3, prompting the number three seed to smash his racket, and be the subject of booing from sections of the crowd. Djokovic failed to convert break points at 5–5, allowing Robredo to forge a break of his own and take it to a fifth set. Djokovic was able to close out the match after breaking at 2–2 in the final set. Djokovic was beset by problems related to both a hip injury (for which he required two time-outs) and exhaustion, having been unable to sleep until 4.30 am ( UTC-5) on Day 8 after his match with Marin Cilic. Robredo responded by saying, "I think that if you're not fit enough, then don't play." Djokovic set up a tie with sixth seed Andy Roddick, who easily beat eleventh seed and recent Olympic silver medalist Fernando Gonzalez6–2, 6–4, 6–1; 2003 champion Roddick acknowledged that he would have to complete an upset to defeat Djokovic, despite Djokovic's admission that whomever he faced in the next round would be a fitter opponent.cite news|author=Katie Thomas|publisher="New York Times"|title=Two Top Men Are Pushed to the Limit at U.S. Open| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/sports/tennis/03day.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-02| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English] cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Federer edges through in thriller| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7595039.stm|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Djokovic battles to five-set win| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7594361.stm|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English] Gilles Mullercontinued his unexpected run, as he defeated fifth seed Nikolay Davydenkoin a demanding match that finished 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(10). Muller, who served twenty aces, became the lowest-ranked player, at world number 130, to reach the quarterfinals of the Open since Nicolas Escude(rank 136) in 1999, and the lowest-ranked at a Grand Slam tournament since Alexander Poppat Wimbledon 2003. He was also the first Luxembourgian to reach the quarterfinal stage of a Grand Slam.cite news|author=Michael Weinreb|publisher="New York Times"|title=Tiny Nation, Big Feat: Qualifier Keeps Going| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/sports/tennis/03open.html?ref=tennis|date =2008-09-02| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English]
The latter stages of the women's tournament began, as the quarterfinal matches in the bottom half of the draw were played. Fifth seed and 2004 finalist
Elena Dementievaprogressed first, defeating the fifteenth seed Patty Schnyderwith a competent display, 6–2, 6–3. Dementieva won the first set with two breaks, and although Schnyder broke back to level at 3–3 in the second, Dementieva won the next three games. Jelena Jankovic, a semifinalist in 2006, joined her, completing an easy 6–1, 6–4 win over twenty-ninth seed Sybille Bammer, who was playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Jankovic, whose match was relocated to the Louis Armstrong Stadiumafter the Federer-Andreev match overran, was one of four players, along with Dementieva, Serena Williams,cite news|author=Michael Weinreb|author= Associated Press|publisher= ESPN|title=Williams sisters get set for quarterfinal matchup| url =http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen08/news/story?id=3565745|date =2008-09-02| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English] and Dinara Safinawho stood a chance of claiming the World No. 1 spot at the end of the tournament.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Jankovic & Dementieva into semis| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7594362.stm|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-03| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Tommy Robredo, Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, Fernando Gonzalez; Patty Schnyder, Sybille Bammer.
The first two quarterfinal matches of the men's singles were played; top seed
Rafael Nadaland sixth seed Andy Murrayadvanced to set up a match versus each other. Murray, who played first, defeated seventeenth seed Juan Martin del Potro, and ended del Potro's 23-match winning streak in the process. Murray endeavored to victory in nearly four hours,cite news|author=Liz Clarke|publisher="Washington Post"|title=Murray Tops Del Potro in Four-Hour Quarterfinal Match| url =http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303956.html|date =2008-09-04| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] with the final scoreline at 7–6(2) 7–6(1), 4–6, 7–5. There was a history of antagonism between the pair, despite having only played once before, at the 2008 Rome Masters;cite news|author= Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP)|title=Murray-Del Potro head-to-head| url =http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Murray%2C+Andy&player2=del+potro| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] in this match, del Potro had allegedly hit a ball straight at Murray, and not apologized, and later insulted Murray's mother. In the first set, Murray raced ahead, and led 4–1 before del Potro went on to win the next four games. Murray then broke back, and dominated the tiebreak that took place shortly afterwards. In the second set, it was Murray who broke late in the set, at 5–5, and he had an opportunity to serve for the set. Although del Potro broke back, Murray again eased through the tiebreak. Murray accelerated into a 3–1 lead in the third set, but del Potro fought back, and won the set, affording Murray only one more game. The players exchanged two breaks of serve in the final set, before Murray gained a decisive break at 6–5 to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. Murray said the history of ill feeling between the pair did not transfer itself to the court, and that del Potro had apologized as the players shook hands at the end. The nineteen-year-old del Potro, who had won four tournaments over the course of his winning streak, hailed Murray as one of "best players in the world" in his press conference; however, he was unable to finish the round of questioning, and left mid-way through in tears.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Murray to meet Nadal in US semis| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7594743.stm|date =2008-09-04| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=In-form Murray eyes US Open glory| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7597320.stm|date =2008-09-04| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=US Open day 10 quotes| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7597203.stm|date =2008-09-04| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] In the match between Nadal and the unseeded American Mardy Fish, Fish continued to play the attacking brand of tennis that he had done in the previous round, and, in front of a partisan home crowd, won the first set 6–3. However, Nadal improved his performance in the following three sets, and produced a number of passing shots to counter Fish's aggressive play, eventually coming through 3–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–2. Due in part to the longevity of the Williams-Williams match,cite news|author=Lynn Zinser|publisher="New York Times"|title=A Dazzling Display by Williams Sisters| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/sports/tennis/04night.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English] the players remained on court till after 2.11 am,cite news|author=Liz Robbins|publisher="New York Times"|title=Rejuvenated Federer Overpowers Djokovic to Reach Final| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/sports/tennis/07men.html?ref=tennis|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] meaning that the match was sixteen minutes shy of the latest match ever played at the Open.
The late women's match was between the Williams sisters of Venus and Serena, both of whom had won the Open title twice previously. Serena prevailed in two sets, 7–6(6), 7–6(7), but not without considerable difficulty. Venus took the initiative in the opening stages, breaking to lead 3–1, and had the advantage of serving for two sets points at 5–3, 40–15. However, Serena launched a comeback, and won the first set on a tiebreak score of 8–6. In a second set that mirrored the first in many ways, Venus broke at 3–2 up, and again served for the set at 5–3; Venus used an array of attacking shots, regularly approaching the net and playing a number of cross-court forehands. Venus then led Serena for a large portion of the second set tiebreak, but squandered eight sets points; Serena, meanwhile, won on her first match point to secure the tiebreak 9–7. Serena commented afterwards that the siblings were "definitely playing the best [tennis of the tournament] so far." Sixth seed
Dinara Safinafilled the other semifinal spot, defeating sixteenth seed Flavia Pennetta6–2, 6–3. Safina, who had reached the final stage of six of her previous seven tournaments, said that she hoped to emulate her brother Marat, who won his maiden Grand Slam tournament at Flushing Meadows in 2000.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Serena beats Venus to reach semis| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7596505.stm|date =2008-09-03| accessdate =2008-09-04| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Juan Martin del Potro; Flavia Pennetta, Venus Williams.
*Seeded players out: Zi Yan / Jie Zheng.
Day 11 featured a men's quarterfinal, between
Novak Djokovicand Andy Roddick, that, like the match between Murray and del Potro, was preceded, and in this case, followed by, a controversial incident somewhat extraneous to the match played. Roddick said, in a press conference held on Day 10, that Djokovic was "either quick to call a trainer or the most courageous guy of all time", insinuating that his opponent had a reputation for being injured (as he had been in his previous match) and, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, listed a series of esoteric conditions that Djokovic may have been afflicted with ("Back and a hip? And a cramp? Bird flu? Anthrax? SARS? Common cough and cold?"). The American, renowned for his serve, struggled with this aspect of his game in the early stages of the match, and Djokovic broke three times in the first set, winning in 27 minutes; he then took the second, needing only one break of serve in that set. However, Roddick, who had the support of the home crowd to his advantage, broke to lead 3–1 in the third, and he eventually won the third set. In the fourth set, Roddick appeared to have gained momentum after breaking Djokovic's serve to lead 4–3. Roddick was playing with increased exuberance at this point, and the crowd became more vocal, even making noise during Djokovic's service motions.cite news|author=David Ornstein|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Roddick v Djokovic as it happened| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7599358.stm|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English|quote=The crowd are making this virtually impossible for Djoko by piping up every time he goes to serve.] Roddick's serve failed him again though when, at 5–4, 30–0 up, he doubled-faulted twice and allowed Djokovic to break back; the number three seed then went on to win the tiebreak and seal the win 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(5). Djokovic then vented his anger at Roddick's comments in a post-match, court-side interview, beginning by stating, sarcastically, "Andy was saying that I have 16 injuries in the last match; obviously I don't, right?" The crowd then began to boo Djokovic, to which he said, "Like it or not, it's like that." The interviewer, wanting to diffuse the situation, told Djokovic that, "This crowd loves you, but you could turn them against you real fast"; Djokovic responded by saying "I know [the crowd] are already against me because they think I am faking everything." In a later interview, Roddick criticized Djokovic for being able to mock other players with his impressions, but being unable to receive mockery of himself in a gracious manner; Djokovic showed contrition, calling it a "mistake" and apologizing to Roddick. Djokovic had set up a match with the player he lost to in the 2007 final, Roger Federer, who had earlier beaten qualifier Gilles Muller7–6(5), 6–4, 7–6(5). The former World No. 1 produced a measured performance, attacking Muller in the latter stages of the three sets. Muller fended off five set points in the first, before being broken in the tiebreak at 4–4. Federer broke serve at 4–4 (games) in the second set, and then served that set out; Muller put up stronger resistance in the third set tiebreak, leading 4–1 and 5–3, but after this allowed Federer to win the next four points. With this victory, Federer maintained his sequence of consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, with this being the eighteenth time he had done so.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Djokovic sets up Federer showdown| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7599293.stm|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-05| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Andy Roddick.
*Seeded players out:
Katarina Srebotnik/ Ai Sugiyama.
On women's semifinal day it was the two former World No. 1's,
Jelena Jankovicand Serena Williams, who came through in blustery conditions. For Jankovic, it was the first time she had reached the final of a Grand Slam, having made the semi-finals on four previous occasions. She was also the third Serb to reach a Grand Slam final in 2008 (men's and women's singles),cite news|author=Piers Newbury|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Djokovic battles to Aussie title| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7210361.stm|date =2008-01-27| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Ivanovic to face Safina in final| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7438059.stm|date =2008-06-05| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] making them the most successful nation in this regard. She progressed first, defeating Elena Dementieva6–4, 6–4. Dementieva was in the ascendency in the early part of the match, as she broke serve to lead 4–2 and dictated the play from the baseline. However, Dementieva began to hit more unforced errors at this point, and Jankovic took advantage of this, winning the next four games to secure the first set. On set point, which was on Dementieva's serve, Jankovic caused a minor controversy when she asked the ballboy for a towel, thus exceeding the 25 second time limit between points; she duly received a code violation (warning) from the umpire as a result of this incident.cite news|author=Bud Collins|publisher=" The Boston Globe"|title=Jankovic living on the edge| url =http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/tennis/articles/2008/09/06/jankovic_living_on_the_edge/|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] Both players struggled to hold serve in the early stages of the second set, and they traded two breaks apiece from 1–1 to 3–3. Both players then held serve to 4–4, before Jankovic broke at 5–4 to win the match.cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Dementieva v Jankovic as it happened| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7601098.stm|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] Dementieva had problems throughout the match; she was broken on serve five times,cite news|author=Liz Robbins|publisher="New York Times"|title=Taking Aim at Title and Top Spot | url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/sports/tennis/06women.html?ref=tennis|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] and committed forty-two unforced errors in total. However, she said that her recent Olympic triumph provided more than mere consolation, as she assigned a higher worth to the Olympic tennis event anyway. Jankovic, who was in tears at the end of the match, had suffered a spate of injuries in 2008, and claimed that this was the first tournament of the year that she was injury free. Williams also won in two sets, defeating Dinara Safina6–3, 6–2. Safina broke Williams in the first game of the match, but Williams soon asserted herself, and after having broken back, broke again to lead 5–3. Although Williams faced break points in this game, she eventually came through to win the first set. Safina, who was troubled by the wind for the whole match, was then broken after being 40–0 up in the first game of the second set. Williams eased to a 5–1 lead before closing out the match with a big serve. Williams told afterwards of her excitement of having an American player back in the final (the last women's singles final to feature an American woman was 2002, when, as previously mentioned, she and her sister played each other). Safina meanwhile, chastised her own behavior on the court, saying that she acted like a "spoilt girl" and would in the future try to contain her emotions.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Serena to face Jankovic in final| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7601355.stm|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina.
*Seeded players out:
Lukas Dlouhy/ Leander Paes.
Fears had been raised on the days leading up to Day 13 that this would be the date on which the north-east coast of the US would be affected by the remnants of Hurricane Hanna, and they proved to be correct. A substantial part of "Super Saturday" as it often known (due to the fact that the men's semifinals and women's final are played on the same day, and this is unique amongst the Grand Slam events),cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Rain threatens Murray semi-final| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7599274.stm|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] was called off due to rain. The
United States Tennis Association's contingency plan was to start the men's semifinals at the earlier time of 11 am (UTC-5), an hour earlier than tradition dictates. If the men's matches were completed, but the women's final could not be, then both finals would be played on Day 14, the final Sunday. Were none of the matches to be completed, Day 13's schedule would be forwarded by one day, and an extra day would be allocated for the men's final.cite news|author=Michael Brick|publisher="New York Times"|title=Men’s Semifinals Moved Up an Hour| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/sports/tennis/06open.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-05| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] Minor rescheduling took place on the day; for example, the match between Rafael Nadaland Andy Murraybegan earlier than had been arranged (it was relocated from the Arthur Ashe to Louis Armstrong Stadium), in order to avoid the oncoming storm. This drew the ire of some ticketholders, who left the semifinal between Roger Federerand Novak Djokovicto get good seats at the other. Ultimately, with one men's match finished, and another half-way completed, the organizers decided to designate a fifteenth day's play, with the women's final having been cancelled due ongoing rain. The final decision was that on Day 14, the conclusion of the men's semifinal between Nadal and Murraycite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Murray leading when rain arrives| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7602257.stm|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] and the women's final would be played in separate sessions, and the men's final would be played on the following day. This was the first time since the 1974 Open, when Billie Jean Kingbeat Evonne Goolagong, that the women's final was not played on the Saturday, and the first time since 1987 that an extra day was required.cite news|author=Associated Press|publisher=ESPN|title=Rain delays Serena-Jankovic final until Sunday| url =http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen08/news/story?id=3572675|date =2008-09-07| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=US Open set to approve roof plan| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7602611.stm|date =2008-09-07| accessdate =2008-09-07| language =English] In the one men's semifinal that was completed, Federer, who had endured a poor season by his standards, defeated Djokovic 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2 to reach his third Grand Slam final of the year, and seventeenth overall. The last time the pair had met on hardcourts was in January, in the Australian Open semifinal,cite news|author=Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)|title=Djokovic-Federer head-to-head| url =http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Djokovic%2C+Novak&player2=federer| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] where Djokovic had convincingly beaten Federer;cite news|author=John Ashdown|publisher=" The Guardian"|title=Djokovic crushes Federer to seal final spot| url =http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/jan/25/tennis.australianopen20084|date =2008-01-25| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] the time before this was in the aforementioned 2007 final, where Federer had won in straight sets. Both players made impressive starts to their encounter on this occasion, as they secured easy holds of serve the opening two games. However, in third game, Federer broke, and did not lose another service game in the first set. In the second set, it was Djokovic who gained the early break, and he led 3–1 before Federer rallied back to draw level at 4–4. However, this proved to be in vain as Federer, who had already saved two set points from 0–40 down, was broken at 5–6 to hand Djokovic the second set. The score was deadlocked at 5–5 in the third when Federer fashioned a crucial break of serve, and went on to win the set. During the match, Djokovic had felt the wrath of the US crowd, who were vociferous in their support for Federer, and who at times cheered when he hit unforced errors. After being broken at 5–5, Djokovic turned and gave them a mock gesture of thanks, which only incited them further. Federer added afterwards that he felt he had broken Djokovic's will by winning this set. Federer broke again in the fifth game of the fourth set, and did not lose another game as he cruised to victory.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Federer too strong for Djokovic| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7602181.stm|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-06| language =English] The other men's semifinal, between Nadal and Murray, was suspended with the score at 6–2, 7–6(5), 2–3 in Murray's favor (although he was a break down in the third). Murray began the match in an aggressive manner, serving and volleying, and hitting several winners from the back of the court as well. He was rewarded with two breaks of serve in the first set, at 1–1 and 4–2. Murray continued to bother Nadal on serve in the second, but could not break, despite holding seven break points, and facing none against himself. In the tiebreak, he squandered an early lead before reeling off three points in a row at 4–5 down to gain a two set advantage. Nadal broke Murray early in the second set, before a short postponement in play was initiated when a light rain appeared, in order to give the referee time to assess whether the court was still suitable for play. Murray queried the initial decision to stop play, but the rain soon came on stronger, and the match was suspended overnight. [cite news|author=usta.com|title=Update: US Open Rescheduling Advisory| url =http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2008-09-05/200809041220555093219.html|accessdate=2008-09-06|language=English] cite news|author=Steve Pratt|publisher="USTA"|title=American Boy and Girl Make it to Juniors Final| url =http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2008-09-06/200809061220735425977.html?_r=70&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-07| language =English]
*Seeded players out: Novak Djokovic.
The first session of play on Day 14 saw Murray round off his victory against Nadal, 6–2, 7–6(5) 4–6, 6–4. Play resumed on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Nadal won all three of his service games, fending off one break point from Murray in the process, to win the third set. Both players then had opportunities to break at the start of the fourth. Nadal had one in the first game, and Murray had seven in the second; this second game spanned a total of twenty-two points, and took 15 minutes to be concluded.cite news|author=Liz Robbins|publisher="New York Times"|title=Murray Finishes Off Nadal to Reach His First Open Final| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/sports/tennis/08men.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin|date =2008-09-07| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] The resolute Nadal held out though, and broke Murray to love in the next game. Murray came back into the match, levelling the scores at 3–3; and he broke again to win the match at 5–4. After a somewhat fortuitous net cord at deuce of that game, Murray hit a backhand pass at match point to confirm the win. Murray, who came into the match having failed to beat Nadal in five previous encounters, became the first Briton male or female since
Greg Rusedskiat the 1997 Open to reach the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament. Nadal, who was also playing in his first US Open semifinal, said that, with the number of matches he had played recently taken into consideration, he was pleased with his overall performance at the Open.cite news|author=Piers Newbury|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Murray stuns Nadal to reach final| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7602257.stm|date =2008-09-07| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] cite news|author=Associated Press|publisher=Associated Press|title=Federer rolls past Murray to win 13th Grand Slam title| url =http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen08/news/story?id=3576338 |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] Had the match gone to seeding, Nadal would have been facing his rival, Federer, for a third time in a Grand Slam final in 2008, after having already beaten him at the French Opencite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Nadal storms to fourth French win| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7441733.stm|date =2008-06-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] and Wimbledon.cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Nadal wins epic Wimbledon final| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7490443.stm|date =2008-07-06| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English]
The women's singles final was also played, and Williams was victorious over Jankovic in two sets, 6–4, 7–5. Williams also reclaimed the number one berth for the first time since 2003, something that Jankovic would have done had she won the title. The players came into the final with a win-loss record against each other of 3-3, although Jankovic said beforehand that, "Overall, she's, I think, the strongest player on the tour, together with her sister."cite news|author=Howard Fendrich|publisher="
The Ledger"|title=Williams, Jankovic To Meet In Final| url =http://www.theledger.com/article/20080905/NEWS/809060249/1002/Sports&title=Williams__Jankovic_To_Meet_In_Final|date =2008-09-06| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] The match was preceded by an opening ceremony that included Anita Bakersinging the US national anthem, a group of people moving a gigantic American flagover the court, and a coin toss performed by Billie Jean King.cite news|author=Getty|publisher=BBC Sport|title=US Open day 12 photos| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7603313.stm|date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] The match, which the BBC called "one of the more memorable US Open finals", began in exciting fashion, with Serena being edged to deuce in the first game,cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Serena v Jankovic as it happened| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7601545.stm|date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] as both players hit a number of winners and unforced errors in the opening stages. Jankovic appeared to be playing with greater confidence though, when she broke to love in the third game of the match. Any advantage that this break gave her was nullified in the very next game, as Williams broke back from 40–0 down. Jankovic was broken again to go 4–2 down, but it was her turn to break back as Williams made several errors when serving for the set at 5–3. Her work was undone when she went 0–40 down in the next game, and after saving one set point, ceded the first set to Williams on the following one.
Williams began the second set ominously for Jankovic, as she held to love and then forced two break points on her serve. The next four games saw the players contest several exhausting rallies, but Williams was the only one to force any break points, gaining a lead of 15–40 at 2–1 and 3–2, with Jankovic holding both times. Before the seventh game of the third set, Williams went to use her towel, and Jankovic complained to the umpire about the violation; the same one she had committed in the previous round. With the score at 40–30 in Williams's favor, Jankovic hit a winner, and although the decision of the line judge incensed Williams, it was shown to be clearly in on the
Hawk-Eyereview; Jankovic then won the game, and her next one when back her serve. She then had her first three set points in the next game, racing to a 0–40 lead, but failed to convert any as Williams held on. With Jankovic serving for the set (5–4), Williams displayed coolness in taking a 0–40 lead, the final point in this sequence being her eighth in a row. Jankovic won the next three points though, and after Williams twice held advantage, she hit an ace to bring up her fourth set point. However, Jankovic double-faulted on this opportunity, and allowed Williams to win the game on her sixth break point. Williams won the next two games, and although Jankovic had a game point at 6–5, she double-faulted and Williams took the match on her second championship point.
This was the ninth Grand Slam tournament that Williams had won,cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Serena seals third US Open title| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7601548.stm|date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] and she did not drop a set on her way to doing so. At the time, Williams joined an elite group of six women who had won nine or more Grand Slam titles in the open era, equalling
Monica Seles's tally with this triumph.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Serena plans new era of dominance| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7603479.stm|date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] Williams, who had dominated the sport from 2002 to 2003, but been ranked outside the top 125 in 2006,cite news|author=Karen Crouse|publisher="New York Times"|title=Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open, Retaking No. 1| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/sports/tennis/08women.html?ref=tennis|date =2008-09-07| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] put her renaissance, not only in this tournament but for the whole of 2008, down to an better approach towards fitness. Williams had won her first Grand Slam at the Open, in 1999, and reflected on her future by saying that she wanted to win several more before her career was over. Jankovic meanwhile, said she was contented with her first outing in a Grand Slam final, and joked that she probably deserved an Oscar for the dramatic nature of her matches in the two weeks that led up to the final.
*Seeded players out: Rafael Nadal; Jelena Jankovic.
*Seeded players out:
Lisa Raymond/ Samantha Stosur.
Roger Federerdefeated Andy Murrayin straight sets 6–2, 7–5, 6–2, to claim his fifth consecutive title, thus cementing his place in history as the first man since Bill Tildenin 1924 to have achieved this feat. The only other men to have done so were Richard Sears, in 1887, and Bill Larned, in 1911cite news|author=Erik Matuszewski and Danielle Rossingh|publisher=Bloomberg|title=Federer Beats Murray to Win Fifth Straight U.S. Open (Update2)| url =http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=aQQdxOZaqwps |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] ( Jimmy Connorsand Pete Samprashad each won five times, but not consecutively).cite news|author=Piers Newbery|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Superb Federer ends Murray dream |url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7603307.stm |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] Federer created a new record, becoming the first man to have won two different Grand Slam events five consecutive timescite news|author=Greg Garber|publisher=ESPN|title=Federer's empathic statement at U.S. Open salvages deflated season| url =http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen08/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=3576771| date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] (the other being Wimbledon), and this win left him one short of Pete Sampras's all-time men's record of 14 Grand Slam singles wins. In the context of Federer's career, this was the sixth straight year in which he had won a Grand Slam. Murray also came into the match aiming to a break a pre-open era record, his being one of national importance—the last British man to have won a Grand Slam singles title was Fred Perryat the 1936 U.S. National Championships, the last British woman to have done so was Virginia Wadeat Wimbledon 1977.
Coming into this tournament, both players had contrasting records at Grand Slams: the twenty-seven year old Federer had reached sixteen Grand Slam finals, and won twelve, whereas the twenty-one year old Murray had had yet to reach the final of one. Murray however, held a win-loss record of 2-1 against Federer, and had most recently beaten him at the
2008 Dubai Tennis Championships.cite news|author=Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)|title=Murray-Federer head-to-head| url =http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Murray%2C+Andy&player2=federer| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] Murray, who expressed confidence coming into the final, said that this small positive record stood for little though, and he, along with a number of commentators, including former Wimbledon champions Pat Cashand Michael Stich,cite news|author=Caroline Cheese|publisher=BBC Sport|title=Murray v Federer as it happened |url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7604165.stm |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] acknowledged Federer to be the favorite, despite his disappointing year.cite news|author=Staff and agencies|publisher=" The Guardian"|title=Past victories over Federer mean nothing, says Murray| url =http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/sep/08/usopentennis.tennis1| date=2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] cite news|author=Douglas Robson|publisher=" USA Today"|title=Dogged by doubts, Federer faces confident Murray in final| url =http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2008-09-07-mens-preview_N.htm?csp=34| date=2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English]
The match, dubbed by famous American sports promoter Don King as the "Grapple in the Apple",cite news|author=BBC Sport|title='Grapple in the Apple' - King |url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7603645.stm |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] began at 5.00 pm (UTC-5). The pair easily held the opening three games, before Federer launched his first assault on Murray's serve at 2–1 up; however, he could not convert his one break point opportunity. Federer eased through next service game, and broke Murray for the first time at 3–2 following a succession of errors from the Brit. Federer fired another series of big serves in the seventh game, and then broke Murray to win the first set, 6–2, in a time of twenty-seven minutes.cite news|author=Scott Murray|publisher="The Guardian"|title=US Open final: Andy Murray v Roger Federer - live! |url =http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/sep/08/usopentennis.andymurray4 |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] Murray lost the first two games of the second set, meaning that Federer had won a cumulative total of six straight games in a row. Murray immediately broke back though, and appeared to have steadied himself by winning the next game, allowing Federer only one point. Federer failed to hit any successful first serves in the next game, and Murray gained three consecutive break points at 0–40. Federer won the next three points, despite, on evidence of a replay, having clearly hit one of his shots long. Because Murray did not stop the point, he could not challenge the call; after the match, when Murray was asked about this, he said he was disappointed, but thought that the rules were correct in not allowing retrospective challenges. Both players comfortably held the next four games, although some minor threats presented themselves for Federer at 4–4, 0–15 and 30–30 (Murray hit backhands long both times). Murray was aided in the next game, when he was serving to stay in the set, as Federer hit four unforced errors, all going long. Federer won the next game, and then seized his final opportunity on a Murray service game, winning the final game of the second set to love.
Federer was at his imperious best in the third set; Murray was broken to love twice as Federer raced ahead to a 5–0 lead, with Murray winning only four points up to this point in the set. He did, however, win the next two games. Federer broke the game after though, winning on his second championship point in a point that required three smashes from the defending champion. The match lasted one hour and fifty-one minutes, thirteen minutes fewer than it took to complete the women's final. The only players that Federer had not surpassed, in terms of US Open wins, at this point in his career were the following players: Richard Sears, who had won seven straight, Bill Larned who seven overall, and Bill Tilden with six straight and seven overall (all three of these players played before the open era). In the last on-court televised interview, Federer was adamant that he would not stop at thirteen, describing such a scenario as "terrible." Federer, who at the time had a total win-loss record of 45-4 at the Open and 34-match winning streak,cite news|author=Sports Illustrated|title=Federer tops Murray in straight sets for 5th straight U.S. Open title|url =http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/tennis/specials/us_open/2008/09/08/bc.ten.us.open.mens.final.ap/index.html|date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] said that the streak was of great importance to him, especially after having lost at Wimbledon.cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Federer thrilled with fifth title |url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7605489.stm |date =2008-09-09| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] Reflecting on his year, he said, "I had a couple of tough Grand Slams this year. To take this one home is incredible."cite news|author=CBS Sports Wire|publisher=CBS Sports|title=Federer blasts Murray for fifth U.S. Open title, 13th major| url =http://www.sportsline.com/tennis/story/10967740 |date =2008-09-08| accessdate =2008-09-08| language =English] Murray said of the competition with Federer in tournaments that "I got the better of him the past two times, but he definitely set the record straight," and said, on his future, "I know mentally now that I can get to a Slam final, and physically. The only thing it comes down to is the tennis."cite news|author=BBC Sport|title=Murray vows to learn from defeat |url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7605480.stm |date =2008-09-09| accessdate =2008-09-09| language =English] Paying tribute to Federer, he said that, "I came up against, in my opinion, the best player ever to play the game."
*Seeded players out: Andy Murray.
Roger Federerdef. flagicon|GBR Andy Murray, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
*It was Roger Federer's 3rd title of the year, and his 56th overall. It was his 1st Grand Slam title of the year, his 13th overall, and his 5th consecutive win at the event.
Serena Williamsdef. flagicon|SRB Jelena Jankovic, 6–4, 7–5
*It was Serena Williams's 4th title of the year, and her 32nd overall. It was her 1st Grand Slam title of the year, her 9th overall, and her 3rd win at the event.
Bob Bryan/ flagicon|USA Mike Bryandef. flagicon|CZE Lukas Dlouhy/ flagicon|IND Leander Paes, 7–6(5), 7–6(10)
Cara Black/ flagicon|USA Liezel Huberdef. flagicon|USA Lisa Raymond/ flagicon|AUS Samantha Stosur, 6–3, 7–6(6)
Cara Black/ flagicon|IND Leander Paesdef. flagicon|USA Liezel Huber/ flagicon|GBR Jamie Murray, 7–6(6), 6–4
Grigor Dimitrovdef. flagicon|USA Devin Britton, 6–4, 6–3
Coco Vandeweghedef. flagicon|VEN Gabriela Paz-Franco, 7–6(3), 6–1
Niki Moser/ flagicon|GER Cedrik-Marcel Stebedef. flagicon|FIN Henri Kontinen/ flagicon|INA Christopher Rungkat, 7–6(5), 3–6, 10–8
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn/ flagicon|SWE Sandra Romadef. flagicon|USA Mallory Burdette/ flagicon|USA Sloane Stephens, 6–0, 6–2
Men's Champions Invitational
flagicon| TBD vs. flagicon| TBD
Women's Champions Invitational
flagicon| TBD vs. flagicon| TBD
Mixed Champions Invitational
flagicon| TBD / flagicon| TBD vs. flagicon| TBD / flagicon| TBD
NB: The wheelchair events did not take place due to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in
Maria Sharapova,cite news|author=sonyericssonwtatour.com|title=Sharapova Withdraws From Olympics, US Open| url =http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2492|date =2008-08-02| accessdate =2008-08-07| language =English] Mario Ancic.cite news|author=tennis.com|title=Ancic pulls out of US Open with mononucleosis| url =http://tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=141460|date =2008-08-05| accessdate =2008-08-07| language =English]
Rafael Nadal"(Semifinals, lost to Andy Murray)
Novak Djokovic"(Semifinals, lost to Roger Federer)
David Ferrer"(Third Round, lost to Kei Nishikori)
Nikolay Davydenko"(Fourth Round, lost to Gilles Muller)
Andy Murray"(Final, lost to Roger Federer)
David Nalbandian"(Third Round, lost to Gael Monfils)
Andy Roddick"(Quarterfinals, lost to Novak Djokovic)
James Blake"(Third Round, lost to Mardy Fish)
Stanislas Wawrinka"(Fourth Round, lost to Andy Murray)
Fernando Gonzalez"(Fourth Round, lost to Andy Roddick)
Richard Gasquet"(First Round, lost to Tommy Haas)
Fernando Verdasco"(Third Round, lost to Igor Andreev)
Ivo Karlovic"(Third Round, lost to Sam Querrey)
Tommy Robredo"(Fourth Round, lost to Novak Djokovic)
Gilles Simon"(Third Round, lost to Juan Martin del Potro)
Juan Martin del Potro"(Quarterfinals, lost to Andy Murray)
Nicolas Almagro"(Third Round, lost to Gilles Muller)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga"(Third Round, lost to Tommy Robredo)
Nicolas Kiefer"(First Round, lost to Ivo Minar)
Mikhail Youzhny"(withdrew due to illness)
Tomas Berdych"(First Round, lost to Sam Querrey)
Igor Andreev"(Fourth Round, lost to Roger Federer)
Paul-Henri Mathieu"(Second Round, lost to Mardy Fish)
Philipp Kohlschreiber"(Second Round, lost to Viktor Troicki)
Dmitry Tursunov"(Third Round, lost to Nikolay Davydenko)
Feliciano Lopez"(First Round, lost to Jurgen Melzer)
Radek Stepanek"(Third Round, lost to Roger Federer)
Juan Monaco"(First Round, lost to Kei Nishikori)
Marin Cilic" (Third Round, lost to Novak Djokovic)
Andreas Seppi"(Third Round, lost to Andy Roddick)
Gael Monfils"(Fourth Round, lost to Mardy Fish)
Ana Ivanovic"(Second Round, lost to Julie Coin)
Jelena Jankovic"(Final, lost to Serena Williams)
Svetlana Kuznetsova"(Third Round, lost to Katarina Srebotnik)
Elena Dementieva"(Semifinals, lost to Jelena Jankovic)
Dinara Safina"(Semifinals, lost to Serena Williams)
Venus Williams"(Quarterfinals, lost to Serena Williams)
Vera Zvonareva"(Second Round, lost to Tatiana Perebiynis)
Agnieszka Radwanska"(Fourth Round, lost to Venus Williams)
Anna Chakvetadze"(First Round, lost to Ekaterina Makarova)
Daniela Hantuchova"(First Round, lost to Anna-Lena Groenefeld)
Marion Bartoli"(Fourth Round, lost to Sybille Bammer)
Agnes Szavay"(Second Round, lost to Tathiana Garbin)
Victoria Azarenka"(Third Round, lost to Caroline Wozniacki)
Patty Schnyder"(Quarterfinals, lost to Elena Dementieva)
Flavia Pennetta"(Quarterfinals, lost to Dinara Safina)
Alize Cornet"(Third Round, lost to Anna-Lena Groenefeld)
Dominika Cibulkova"(Third Round, lost to Agnieszka Radwanska)
Nadia Petrova"(Third Round, lost to Flavia Pennetta)
Nicole Vaidisova"(Second Round, lost to Severine Bremond)
Caroline Wozniacki"(Fourth Round, lost to Jelena Jankovic)
Maria Kirilenko"(First Round, lost to Tamira Paszek)
Lindsay Davenport"(Third Round, lost to Marion Bartoli)
Shahar Peer"(First Round, lost to Na Li)
Francesca Schiavone"(Second Round, lost to Anne Keothavong)
Anabel Medina Garrigues"(Second Round, lost to Jie Zheng)
Alona Bondarenko"(Third Round, lost to Venus Williams)
Katarina Srebotnik"(Fourth Round, lost to Patty Schnyder)
Sybille Bammer" (Quarterfinals, lost to Jelena Jankovic)
Ai Sugiyama"(Third Round, lost to Serena Williams)
Virginie Razzano"(First Round, lost to Timea Bacsinszky)
Amelie Mauresmo"(Fourth Round, lost to Flavia Pennetta)
Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws and in the qualifying draws.cite news|author=usta.com|title=Rising star Jesse Levine and USTA Boys' 18s national champion Austin Krajicek headline US Open wild cards| url =http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/Pro_Tennis/Grand_Slams/US_Open/PressRelease/2008_US_Open_Mens_Singles_Wild_Cards_Announced.aspx|date =
2008-08-14| accessdate =2008-08-15| language =English] cite news|author=usta.com|title=US Open Women's Wild Cards Announced| url =http://www.usta.com/sitecore/content/USTA/Global/Pro_Tennis/Grand_Slams/US_Open/PressRelease/US_Open_womens_wild_cards.aspx|date = 2008-08-14| accessdate =2008-08-15| language =English]
Men's Singles Wildcard entries
Women's Singles Wildcard entries
# Jessica Moore
Qualifying Men's Wildcard entries
Jean Yves Aubone
Qualifying Women's Wildcard entries
* [http://www.usopen.org/home/default.sps Official website]
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