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Serena Williams battles through errors to beat Kiki Bertens at US Open

Serena Williams

If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked pleased just to be here, made a decent fist of her impossible assignment in dappled light on Arthur Ashe and pushed Serena Williams at least to the lower slopes of anxiety on day three of the 2015 US Open.

Andy Murray moves on as Nick Kyrgios succumbs in US Open first round

Andy Murray

Andy Murray goes through, Nick Kyrgios goes down – but their hugely anticipated encounter on the second evening of the 2015 US Open, won in four don’t-look-away sets by the Scot, was more than a tennis match. It was a public examination of a tender psyche (Kyrgios’s, by the way), an entity wholly separate from the rest of the sport.

Mark Webber and Porsche take win at Six Hours of Nürburgring

Alonso, Massa And Webber At Monza

The modern layout of the Nürburgring may not have quite the romance of it’s elder relative – the Green Hell that is the Nordschleife – alongside which it sits, but it will likely be remembered with great fondness by Mark Webber, who previously took his debut Formula One victory at the Ring and has now done the double with his first FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) victory at the same circuit.

Lleyton Hewitt charged with taming Nick Kyrgios in US Open swansong

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The Australians gathered at the 2015 US Open are not exactly the Millwall of tennis but they do give the impression of caring little about what faraway critics think of them, or even those with tape recorders and microphones who turned the players’ garden at Flushing Meadows into the modern equivalent of a medieval court.

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Serena Williams battles through errors to beat Kiki Bertens at US Open

If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked pleased just to be here, made a decent fist of her impossible assignment in dappled light on Arthur Ashe and pushed Serena Williams at least to the lower slopes of anxiety on day three of the 2015 US Open.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray moves on as Nick Kyrgios succumbs in US Open first round

Andy Murray goes through, Nick Kyrgios goes down – but their hugely anticipated encounter on the second evening of the 2015 US Open, won in four don’t-look-away sets by the Scot, was more than a tennis match. It was a public examination of a tender psyche (Kyrgios’s, by the way), an entity wholly separate from the rest of the sport.