The US Open 2021 gave the fans incredible and unforgettable emotions. Novak Djokovic, moved and in tears for the love of the crowd (yes, perhaps for the first time on his side), defeated, in the final where he could have written the history of tennis, by Daniil Medvedev.
And the repercussions of the events in Flushing Meadows were also reflected in the ATP ranking. 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz moved up from No. 55 to No. 38, making his Top-50 debut, after becoming the youngest to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final from Michael Chang at Roland Garros of 1990.
Reilly Opelka went from no. 24 to no. 19 (First time in Top-20). Andrey Rublev went from no. 7 to no.5 (first time in top-5). Casper Ruud climbed up from no. 11 to no. 10, making his entry into the top-10 for the first time. Matteo Berrettini goes from no.
8 to no. 7 after reaching the quarter-finals in New York. Felix Auger-Aliassime passes from no. 15 to no. 11. Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez were the brightest stars of the US Open 2021. The two teenagers managed to make their way to the Flushing Meadows final thanks to exciting perfrmances, bringing a breath of fresh air to a still stagnant WTA Tour, which is in the desperate search for a true heir for Serena Williams.
Raducanu, Fernandez, Alcaraz and all the new records in the rankings
The ranking of the two young tennis players also benefited from this, with Emma Raducanu passing from no. 150 to no. 23 and Leylah Fernandez who passed from no.
73 to no. 28. Leylah Fernandez became the youngest player to beat three top-5 players in a women's singles Grand Slam tournament, since Serena Williams at the US Open 1999. The Canadian defeated Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and Naomi Osaka.
This is also the first time that two Canadian women have been in the Top-30 since 1987, considering also Bianca Andreescu in the top-20. Raducanu got a career record, considering she was only playing her second Grand Slam after the 4th round at Wimbledon 2021.
Emma became the third lowest-scoring player to win a Slam title in the women's singles. Before her, we recall Evonne Goolagong at the 1977 Australian Open and Kim Clijsters at the US Open in 2009. Raducanu became also the new British No.1, since 2015 (year in which Johanna Konta got the UK women's tennis throne).
Barbora Krejcikova went from no. 9 to no. 7 of the WTA Ranking after reaching the quarter-finals. Cori Gauff from no. 23 to no. 19, breaking the top-20.