Canadian Milos Raonic won the US Open Series 2014 on Thursday and will now have a chance to compete for a record $4 million prize money at the US Open 2014 which begins on August 25.
Raonic ended the series with 280 points, thanks to a strong run during the North American hardcourt season and a new rule stating that players can double their points by taking part in at least three US Open Series events. Raonic won the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington, reached the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters and reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals.
“It is very exciting to win the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge before heading into the US Open,” Raonic said. “To be a North American winning it is a huge honour for me since one of my results came in my hometown of Toronto. It’s a great place to be and now I’m setting my sights on having a great tournament next week in New York. It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m looking to keep improving my results at the Open.”
The final results had to be determined this week since American John Isner had a chance to seal the victory with a title run this week. However, he pulled out in the quarterfinals thus handing Raonic the victory. Isner ends with 200 points enough for a second place finish.
Roger Federer is in third place after finishing runner-up at Rogers Cup and winning the Cincinnati Masters, gaining 170 points. He could have won the US Open Series if he took part in another event in the series which would have doubled his points.
In 2013, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams toook home a record $3.6 million in prize money each after winning the US Open Series and the US Open titles.