10/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

US Open 2009: Highlights From Past Tournaments (VIDEO)

Monday marked the kickoff of the 2009 US Open, a two-week period when the sport of country clubs and caviar gets roughed up in the grit and noise of the city, while the borough of Queens, generally a supporting-character in the film that is New York, takes on the role of leading man.

There will be plenty of great action this year, no doubt, with Roger Federer looking for his sixth consecutive win, Andy Roddick seeking revenge for Wimbledon, and the Williams sisters playing on the same side of the draw.

Here's a look back at some of the greatest plays in US Open history to whet your appetite for things to come:

The 7 Best US Open Plays