Whatever Novak Djokovic’s protestations to the contrary, the prevailing sentiment around Flushing Meadows, supported by the visual evidence, is the defending champion is less than fully fit as he reaches for his third US Open title against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
Jamie Murray secured the third doubles slam title of his career and his second in the company of Bruno Soares as they finessed and blasted their way past the Spaniards Pablo Carreño Busta and Guillermo García-López in straight sets on an echoing Arthur Ashe Court.
Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup legacy did not solely relate to the continuation of a poor United States run.
Kell Brook’s audacious bid to climb two weight divisions and dethrone the most fearsome puncher in boxing came to a brave but bloody end when his trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel after five brutal rounds against the undisputed middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.
Angelique Kerber was on the ropes in the third and deciding set of Saturday’s US Open final, having fallen behind a break against the big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Kell Brook could not hide his frustration and regret following his defeat to Gennady Golovkin here on Saturday night , questioning the decision of his trainer, Dominic Ingle, to throw in the towel midway through the fifth round at a stage where he felt he was “settling into the contest”.
Mo Farah insists he is not fazed by personal criticism after an online question and answer session descended into farce in the run-up to his Great North Run title defence.
When the red mist descended on Jody Cundy in London four years ago, his eruption was volcanic.
When Stan Wawrinka won his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open against an injury hampered Rafael Nadal to become the oldest first-time grand slam champion in 13 years, it might have been written off as a fluke. When he backed it up at last year’s French Open, the veteran baseliner’s place among the finest big-match players of his generation was beyond dispute.
Paul Hanagan, the champion jockey in 2010 and 2011, said on Friday it had been “a privilege” to ride as the retained jockey for Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum following the announcement that his five-year association with the owner has come to an end.
Andy Murray has never been fitter or more content at this time of the year and, if he wins the ATP World Tour Finals at the 10th attempt, it will be a fitting end to the most satisfying season of his career.
Back at the start of the month, South Africa’s head coach, Allister Coetzee, was asked about the “aura” of his side.