Novak Djokovic Upsets World No. 1 Roger Federer in Montreal and Takes Lead in US Open Series -- Five Points Separate Top Three Men
Defending US Open Series Champion Ana Ivanovic Wins Title in Carson -- Maria Sharapova Remains Overall Women's Leader
Series Continues as Men Travel to Cincinnati and Women Head East to Toronto; Back-to-Back Finals to Be Broadcast on ESPN2 and CBS
Week Four of the US Open Series ended with an upset win by No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia over world No. 1 Roger Federer at the Rogers Masters in Montreal, 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(2). Djokovic, who defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, takes the lead in the US Open Series Lever 2000 Men’s Standings. With two weeks remaining, Djokovic is followed closely by two-time US Open Series defending champion Andy Roddick and Radek Stepanek, with only five points separating the three.
On the women’s side, defending US Open Series champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Nadia Petrova of Russia, in a match featuring two top ten ranked players, to win the East West Bank Classic in Carson, Calif., 7-5, 6-4. Maria Sharapova remains atop the women’s leaderboard, followed by Anna Chakvetadze and Patty Schnyder in the US Open Series Lever 2000 Women’s Standings.
The top three finishers of the US Open Series will compete for more than $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the 2007 US Open, with the men's and women's winners each competing for $1 million in bonus prize money.
The US Open Series leaders after Week Four are as follows:
|(through August 12, 2007)|
|2007 Men's Standings
||2007 Women's Standings|
NOTE: Only players with points in two (2) US Open Series events are eligible for the final standings.
Next on the US Open Series: The US Open Series continues this week with the men playing in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, while the women will travel outside of California for the first time this season with a visit to Toronto for the Rogers Cup. ESPN2 will provide 28 hours of coverage this week beginning with early round action from Cincinnati on Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. ET. The women's final will air at 2:00 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2 followed by the men's final at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 major ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments to the US Open. Since its inception in 2004, the six-week US Open Series has doubled television viewership and increased attendance, while generating new corporate partnerships for the sport.
In 2006, Andy Roddick captured his second straight US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge and claimed $500,000 in bonus prize money for his runner-up finish at the 2006 US Open for a total payout of $1.1 million. Maria Sharapova, who finished second in the women’s final US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge standings, also took home $500,000 on top of the $1.2 million she received for winning the women's singles tournament for a total payout of $1.7 million.