The tournament itself took some time to come to life, as players grappled with the extreme heat during the first week in New York.
Not surprisingly, most of the attention was on the top seeds. And they didn't disappoint - Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, and Venus Williams, all making the quarter-finals of the competition with relative ease.
It was only then that New York began to rouse itself from a slumber.
Nadal, no stranger to sweltering climates in his native Spain, beat compatriot Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3,6-4, and Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 en-route to the final, while Djokovic certainly had the tougher draw, having to beat Gael Monfils 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 and endure a grueling 5-7,6-1,5-7,6-2,7-5 victory over a determined Roger Federer, who was unable to pull off a victory over the Serb despite having two match points.
In the final, both Nadal and Djokovic fought out a mistake-riddled match, with plenty of unforced errors puncturing the ebb and flow of the contest. Amidst the patchy play, the Spaniard seized on two service breaks to win the first set 6-4.
Djokovic was unwilling to go down without a fight though, and won the second set 7-5 after Nadal's own game began to wilt.
However, it was in the third set that the Spaniard began to assert his supremacy again, Nadal winning 6-4. In what proved to be the final set, there was only token resistance from Djokovic as Nadal won 6-2 to snap up his first U.S Open Men's Championship.
What was remarkable about the contest was the number of break-points Djokovic faced - 26 in total, of which he survived 20 - a tribute to both the player's tenacity and his sheer determination.
While the heat brought out the best in Nadal and Djokovic, it broke Caroline Wozniacki, who was expected to prove her mettle in New York as the top seeded and ranked player in the field. However, she fell short yet again, slipping to a 4-6-3-6 loss to Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals, as she struggled to deal with the Russian's tricky net game.
Wozniacki's capitulation was in stark contrast to the pure grit that Kim Clijsters showed, as she beat third seed Venus Williams 6-4,6-7 and 4-6 to make the final against Zvonareva.
Clijsters duly won the title, her power and precision proving to be too much for Zvonareva, who crumbled to a 2-6,1-6 defeat. Her 2010 success was a wonderful triumph for Clijsters, who showed why she is rated one of the best hard court players in the history of women's tennis.