Back to Top In 2016, the US Open once again earned its reputation as the toughest two weeks in tennis.
So it seemed only fitting that two of the game’s most tenacious competitors, Angelique Kerber and Stan Wawrinka, emerged as its champions.
While both contenders, neither was a favorite coming in. 2 seed, played second fiddle to Serena Williams, who was coming off a Wimbledon title and was chasing her record 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2016 US Open.
1, having fended off an ascendant Karolina Pliskova – who topped Venus Williams in the fourth round and Serena in the semifinals – in a stirring three-set final.
And in the men’s final, the Swiss wore down Djokovic in a gutty display of heavy-metal tennis, blasting away at the best defense in the game until it cracked, then crumbled, completing a run through the draw that featured victories over 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori and fan favorite Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced to the quarterfinals in his first New York showing in three years due to a series of wrist injuries.
The 2017 US Open had its own unique cadence from the very start, and even before. With those early exits came new stars – Naomi Osaka, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, to name a few – the return to glory from injured fan favorites Juan Martin del Potro and Petra Kvitova, and a semifinal run by the beloved grand dame of the women’s game, Venus Williams.