Andy Murray won a record fifth title here, coming from a set down to still the impressive challenge of Milos Raonic in two hours and 12 minutes on a mild, grey day that did not reflect the tension on court – and off it.
Andy Murray had a lot of friends at Queen’s on Saturday, none more loyal than the green stuff on which he teased Marin Cilic for just under two hours to reach the final of the Aegon Championships, where he will face Milos Raonic, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final.
Kyle Edmund might be the future of British tennis, as Andy Murray told a delighted Queen’s audience after beating the fast-rising 21-year-old Yorkshireman in three absorbing sets on Friday – but the Scot is still very much the incumbent.
In those moments here in west London when the sun has scared away the clouds and rain, British tennis has appeared in rude health, even if the tan might fade before summer is out.
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 maintained his hardline stance on Maria Sharapova’s conviction for taking a banned substance – on the day she announced her appeal against the two-year ban handed down a week ago.
Maria Sharapova will not be at Wimbledon this month, nor will she be at peace with herself for a little while yet, because the battle the Russian has chosen to join in pursuit of clearing her name as a drug cheat will drag on well into the summer.
Andy Murray has vowed to enjoy winning his second Wimbledon title, claiming that doing so via a straight-sets win against Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Sunday had left him feeling “happier” and “more content” than when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final here three years ago.
The fact that Marcus Willis was appearing at Wimbledon at all, he said earlier this week, was already “surreal” – only the 23rd best player in Britain and the world No 772, he is the second lowest-ranked player in the men’s singles competition this year and the lowest-ranked player to have earned a place through qualifying in almost 20 years.
Weird scenes, these.
Andy Murray said he would “love to” work with Ivan Lendl again but he wonders if the single-minded, golf-loving coach who guided him to his two grand slam titles can find the time to return to the Tour full-time – or conquer his dislike of flying.
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.
Move over Steffi Graf, you have company. Serena Williams equalled the great German’s open-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles on Saturday after a hard-fought but well-deserved 7-5, 6-3 victory over another German, Angelique Kerber for her seventh Wimbledon crown.
Britain’s Heather Watson was handed the second-largest single fine in Wimbledon history on Saturday – $12,000 (£9,043) for unsportsmanlike conduct in her first-round defeat by Annika Beck of Germany.
Love, that many-splendoured thing, is more than a score in tennis.
It was both a shock and not at all unexpected.
Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that a British tennis player who was forced to retire from competing in this year’s Wimbledon tournament was deliberately poisoned.
With the sun setting and the air cooling ever so slightly, Jo Konta beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a struggle of constantly ebbing fortunes to reach the Olympic quarter-finals.