Today in Sports History: September 8

By Jonah Sharf

On September 8, 2008, legendary tennis star Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in straight sets to win the US Open. With the win, Federer tied fellow tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for the most men’s US Open singles titles in the modern era. It also marked his fifth consecutive US Open title, making him the sole record holder for consecutive US Open titles. Federer is considered by many to be the greatest men’s tennis player of all time, holding several records, and perhaps most importantly the most grand slam singles titles in men’s history, with 20—three ahead of his longtime rival Rafael Nadal. He also holds the records for most weeks as the World No. 1 with 310 and consecutive weeks as World No. 1 with 237.

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