The thought occurred that the stronger server was the favourite when the second set rolled into a tie-break.
Andy Murray is investing in a combination of Gyrotonic yoga and cantaloupe melon to ensure he is at his formidable best before Wimbledon’s quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Serena Williams, on the eve of her last-16 match against Svetlana Kuznetsova here, described every defeat she suffers as “major international news”.
It is not every day that a bride-to-be breaks into a broad smile while confessing it would be a “dream come true” if her wedding was cancelled. But Dominika Cibulkova, a 27-year-old from Slovakia, has better reason than most to hope her special day this Saturday is postponed. Because it will mean she is playing in the Wimbledon ladies’ final.
Wimbledon and etiquette tend to go hand in hand but on Monday, on Court No7, there was a curious incident involving a leading doubles player, a refused bathroom break and a ball-can.
In the hours after his stunning win against Novak Djokovic in the previous round, Sam Querrey watched every little rerun he could get his hands on, loving the moment.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
Of the 128 men who set out on their Wimbledon adventure a week ago, maybe a handful genuinely believed they would be in contention for the title on the final weekend. Nick Kyrgios is among them and on Monday he gets to prove he is good enough to get there – against the best player left in the draw, Andy Murray.
With a name like Coco Vandeweghe, going under the radar has never been that easy for a woman who is now ranked as the fifth‑best American player.
The look on John Isner’s face said it all: “Not again.” The American, whose name will forever be etched in Wimbledon history after his 11-hour, five-minute epic with Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match in which he won the fifth set 70-68, on Sunday found himself embroiled in yet another marathon match here.
It has been a strange fortnight for Heather Watson. Having begun with a whimper, it could end up with a first Wimbledon title.
Juan Martín del Potro, in his quiet and ambling fashion, has built up a steady body of work on his return to the tournament he won in 2009, and, with the crowd warming to every pistol crack of his huge forehand, he enters the quarter-finals on Wednesday as a dangerous contender.
The milestones continue to whizz past for Serena Williams, who is running out of records to break and history to rewrite as she approaches the business end of a tournament she has won six times, including three of the past four years.
Ivan Lendl rarely lacks certitude, so when he says he is unsure why he resumed his partnership with Andy Murray – which got off to a flying start at Queen’s this week – a few questions were in order.
Andy Murray could hardly have made a more satisfying start to the 2016 US Open than he did here on the revamped Arthur Ashe Court in the last night match on Tuesday, demolishing the stubborn Czech, Lukáš Rosol, in under two hours.
As he became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final, Milos Raonic appeared not to know whether to laugh or cry. John McEnroe, acting as a coaching consultant to the big-serving Raonic, who secured victory over Roger Federer in five see-saw sets, had called on his charge to be more expressive on court.
When he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year, many tipped the 22-year-old Lucas Pouille as a star of the future. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday evening, he looked a lot like a star for the present.
If ever there was a bad time for Andy Murray to lose focus at the start of a grand slam tournament it surely arrives on Centre Court on Tuesday when, in front of his returning coach, Ivan Lendl, he plays Liam Broady, one of four British wild cards in the men’s draw and ranked 235 in the world. Murray would probably have to emigrate – to Scotland.
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.