September 13, 2010

U.S. Open related stories in the SI Vault

Rod Rockets Into OrbitBy Rex Lardner, September 17, 1962Everything at the national singles championships was better this year, so it was no surprise when Rod Laver became the second man in history to grab a Grand Slam.A Duel Of Pace And PowerBy Curry Kirkpatrick, September 20, 1976 "The best tennis I've ever played" was demanded of Jimmy Connors to beat Bjorn Borg, while Chris Evert walloped Evonne Goolagong to turn the U.S. Open into an All-American jamboree.

Round Two To The KidBy Curry Kirkpatrick, September 15, 1980John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg in the Open, avenging his Wimbledon loss.

The Americanovakian OpenBy Curry Kirkpatrick, September 15, 1986Top seeds Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl won fourCzeching final showdowns in New York.

Venus EnvyBy S.L. Price, September 15, 1997Martina Hingis and Patrick Rafter reigned at the U.S. Open, but the play of Venus Williams was the bigger story, much to her peers' dismay.As Good As They GetBy S.L. Price, September 18, 2006In a U.S. Open that celebrated the titans of the past, Roger Federer cemented his Tigerlike preeminence, and Maria Sharapova fulfilled her lavish promise.

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