Upset special: Sanchez Vicario
On this day in 1994, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario rallied to upset Steffi Graf and claim the US Open women’s singles title with a 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory. The Spaniard, who received a $550,000 paycheck for winning the Open singles trophy, also teamed with Jana Novotna to win the women’s doubles trophy that year. Sanchez Vicario, who was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007 after retiring in 2002, won a total of four Grand Slams in her career, the other three coming on clay at the French Open. She remains the only woman from Spain to win the women’s singles title at Flushing Meadows. On the men’s side, of course, you have to flip the calendar back all of a day to find a men’s winner from Spain – Rafael Nadal.