US Open 2021 – How to see, plan, draw, bracket, tennis results and more

The story was created at the US Open in 2021 – just not the kind of story many expected.

Daniil Medvedev ruined Novak Djokovic’s bid for the Grand Slam calendar and 21st major by defeating him 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic, who sought to break a tie with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to most Grand Slams career men, was unable to stop Medvedev’s serve as the 25-year-old registered 16 aces on his way to his first major title.

The women’s championship created its own story when the unseeded qualifier Emma Raducanu from Great Britain beat Canada, Leedah Fernandez, who was unknown. It was the first time that two unseeded players met in the final in the open era, and the first time a qualifier went on to the championship, let alone won the event.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s tournament.

US Open men’s final: Medvedev stuns Djokovic

  • Daniil Medvedev stuns Novak Djokovic in equal sets. Read.

  • Aishwarya Kumar: Novak Djokovic felt ‘relief’ after bidding for Grand Slam shortages. Read.

  • Social reaction: Medvedev earns praise from Andy Roddick, Eugenie Bouchard and other greats. Read.


US Open Women’s Finals: Raducanu tops Fernandez

  • Ohm Youngmisuk: How Emma Raducanu became women’s tennis’ newest and perhaps most unlikely grand champion. Read.

  • From Arcy Maine: Emma Raducanus’ victory in the US Open brings cautious optimism to her future. Read.

  • Aishwarya Kumar: Leylah Fernandez pays tribute to New York’s strength in the wake of 9/11. Read.

  • Social reaction: Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanus’ match in the US Open Finals had social media in awe. Read.


Week 2

  • Ohm Youngmisuk: Novak Djokovic is just a win away from the tennis highlight. Read.

  • From Arcy Maine: For Daniil Medvedev, nothing but a Slam title will do. Read.

  • Aishwarya Kumar: Regardless of who wins the title on Saturday, a new teenager will be crowned US Open champion. And the tournament boasts a host of teenage champions who have had successful careers, the most recent being Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in 2019.Read.

  • Maine: Fernandez-Raducanu is a dream match … and no one expected it. Read.

  • Youngmisuk: Sadly, Garbine Muguruza let Barbora Krejcikova know she thought the eighth-seeded Czech was “unprofessional” in taking a medical timeout, just as the ninth-seeded Spaniard had momentum in the second set of their fourth-round match by US Open. Read.

  • Maine: Is it maple syrup? Leylah Fernandez and Felix Auger-Aliassime lead the Canadian resurgence at the US Open. Read.

  • Kumar: Leylah Fernandez is “not surprised” by this memorable race to the quarterfinals. Read.

  • Maine: Alcaraz should always be so good. But just not this soon. Read.

  • Expert selection: What are the thoughts of our journalists now in week 2 of the US Open? Djokovic goes closer and closer to the story, and with Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka out, who has the best shot on the ladies side? Read.


Week 1 in review

  • Jerry Bembry: A message to Naomi Osaka – take all the time you need. The four-time Grand Slam champion may need extended time outside the public. Read.

  • Kevin VanValkenburg: Van Valkenburg promised to see – to really see – Osaka move through time and space at the US Open. No questions, no quotes. He just wanted to write what he saw. What he saw, he now realizes, was someone who was in pain. Read.

  • Maine: Drama has been plentiful at this year’s US Open with Andy Murray calling Stefanos Tsitsipas to take a longer bathroom break. Read.

  • Maine: For longtime friends Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff, the US Open faceoff was a “moment in full circle.” Read.

  • Kumar: Fans at Flushing Meadows should have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as mandated on August 27 by the state of New York. But one group did not have to go through the same protocols: the players and their teams. Here’s how the players feel about it. Read.

  • Kumar: The rain came down heavily in New York and disrupted the game at Louis Armstrong Stadium despite the retractable roof. Read.

  • From Valkenburg: Nick Kyrgios did what he does best – he turned a pretty benign fight into a small play. He cursed, he cuddled, he feuded with the judge of the chair over small things. But he failed to advance past the first round. Read.


US Open previews

  • Simon Cambers: As Djokovic begins the final stage of his quest for the coveted Grand Slam, Laver will be as eager as anyone to see world number one. Read.

  • Cambers: The absence of Federer and Nadal has opened the US Open to the next generation of men’s tennis. Read.

  • Bill Connelly: With his natural athleticism and defensive abilities, Djokovic was destined to become a first-class tennis player. But he may have become the greatest men’s player ever because of his ability to turn the few relative weaknesses in his game into direct strengths. Read.

  • Expert selection: If not Djokovic, who will win the men’s singles title and why? Who wins the women’s singles title and why? Our experts break down this year’s tournament and what to expect from it. Read.

  • Maine: The players and stories you will not want to miss when you enter the tournament. Read.

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