Roger Federer and the Greatest US Open Champions of All Time

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his men's singles second round match against Bjorn Phau of Germany on Day Four of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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The best know how to win at the U.S. Open.

2012’s edition of the tournament is underway and one of the all-time greats, Roger Federer, is at it again. The 31-year old Swiss player is still alive in an attempt to add to his already-impressive New York City resume.

And on that note, here are the most-impressive resumes at the U.S. Open ever.


4. John McEnroe

You cannot be serious?! Just fourth?!

In all seriousness, while McEnroe is more known for his outbursts than his play, he’s still one of the greatest tennis players to ever walk the earth. And he just happened to do most of his damage in Queens.

He won there four times including a streak of three victories in a row spanning from 1979-1981.


3. Jimmy Connors

If it weren’t for McEnroe and Connors, Bjorn Borg would be on this list, but that’s another story.

Connors won eight Grand Slams during his storied career. And to the American, there was no place like home more than NYC. He won a whopping five titles in the tournament.

The fact that he was forced to fight off legends like Borg only heightened his accomplishment.


2. Pete Sampras

Sampras used his frustrations from the French Open to fuel his fire the rest of the season. And one outlet in which he took his anger out on his opponents with was the U.S. Open.

He won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and five were in New York.

His triumph in the 2002 U.S. Open was the last ATP tournament Sampras competed in before retirement.


1. Roger Federer

No one in the history of men’s tennis has won more Grand Slam titles than Federer. At the same time, no one has put on a display of more dominance at the U.S. Open.

While Federer is tied with Sampras and Connors for the most titles in tournament history, they didn’t pull off a winning streak like the Swiss. Federer won five-consecutive U.S. Opens from 2004-2008.

He’s already the greatest U.S. Open performer ever, but with another victory in 2012, he’d distance himself from the pack.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.