The Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki unleashed a furious tirade at an umpire as the world No27 crashed out of Wimbledon.
The calendar insists the end is near for Venus Williams, but the results continue to dissent. The 36-year-old American – the oldest woman in the top 200 and the oldest in the draw here – overcame a game challenge from Maria Sakkari in an entertaining second-round tilt on Thursday to book a meeting with Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the round of 32.
When Garbiñe Muguruza won the French Open less than a month ago, one of her first thoughts was to question how on earth Rafael Nadal has won nine titles in Paris. Winning seven matches to secure a grand slam title requires everything to be in sync, something the Spaniard found out the hard way on Thursday when she was dumped out in the second round.
There have been a lot of smiles on home fans’ faces this week, a rarity in recent years, with the exception of the response to Andy Murray’s outstanding exploits.
The £50,000 Marcus Willis collected in two matches at Wimbledon this week sounds like the sort of money that would encourage young players across the country to rush to their nearest tennis club and start swinging a racket.
Agnieszka Radwanska made up for lost time as she recorded a quickfire 6-2, 6-1 win against the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova on Wednesday, needing only 63 minutes to book her place in the second round.
Protected by the Centre Court roof and fortified by his tenacity, nothing was going to stop Novak Djokovic from securing his 30th consecutive grand slam victory, a record in the open era. The rain could not touch Djokovic and nor could Adrian Mannarino, who produced some delightful touches without ever coming close to bloodying the world No1’s nose.
It took an extra day but for Jo Konta it was worth the wait. The Briton finally earned her first Wimbledon singles win, at the fifth time of asking. Having led Mónica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-1 overnight after Tuesday’s rain delay, Konta made a slow start on the resumption, under still menacing skies, but recovered well to take her place in round two for the first time with a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
If Easyjet happened to run an extra flight or two out of Turkey each day, Marcus Willis would never have made it to Wimbledon, never have played on Centre Court, never have aced Roger Federer.
It is more than three decades since an incredulous John McEnroe uttered his most famous line: “You cannot be serious”.
Both finalists were history men but Novak Djokovic underlined that he has more of it in front of him than does Roger Federer when he beat the Swiss in two sets to become the first player to win the ATP World Tour Finals title four years in a row.
Andy Murray – distracted, taunted by a hostile crowd and railing at minor distractions – lost focus at precisely the wrong time of the championships and could not deny Novak Djokovic his first French Open title here on Sunday, the brilliant Serb completing a career grand slam in the process.
When Ivo Karlovic, always the tallest and now the oldest player left in the tournament, launches one of his service bombs from its maximum height on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, with his feet off the ground and his strong right arm stretched to the skies, the ball will start its 135mph journey towards Andy Murray roughly at the eye level of the chair umpire.
Djokovic has gone, Federer has fallen and after a display of focused efficiency on Centre Court on Friday evening, Andy Murray will contest the Wimbledon final on Sunday as the favourite to reclaim the title he first won three years ago.
Roger Federer has played many great matches at Wimbledon in the past 17 years but few to match his comeback here on a warm Wednesday afternoon.
The Four Kings. That is what they called Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, those iron-willed gladiators of boxing’s last golden age.
For years Marcus Willis has played doubles and a bit of singles for peanuts in empty arenas in every tennis backwater from Kuwait to Charlottesville, Virginia. His Tour earnings would not pay for a holiday in Tenerife or a three-course meal for him and his dentist girlfriend, Jenny Bate.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
The British No1, Johanna Konta, scored an impressive victory on her first appearance in a WTA final when she defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the Stanford Classic in California on Sunday.
Kyle Edmund came of age at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday night when, against most expectations except his own, he beat the American John Isner in four sets to earn a fourth-round tie in the US Open against the world No1 Novak Djokovic.
If CiCi Bellis’ charmed US Open run suggested a player ready to compete at the tour level, then Friday night’s one-sided defeat to the world’s second-best player showed just how far the teenager from Silicon Valley has to go.