If fatherhood becomes Andy Murray off the court – he did well not to explode when asked this week if his baby daughter, Sophia, was Scottish or English – his tennis too has an air of quiet authority about it.
Andy Murray smiles coyly when he declares he would love to win all the remaining 2016 slams, defend his Olympic gold medal and, with his Great Britain team-mates, retain the Davis Cup they won on such on a wave of emotion in Ghent last year.
After Novak Djokovic effectively put paid to Roger Federer’s title prospects in 54 minutes, the time it took for the defending champion to claim a two-set lead in the semi-finals, Andy Murray will have been under no illusions about the need to make a good start to his fifth Australian Open final.
When Jamie Murray lands in London on Tuesday he will do so with a grand slam doubles trophy to accompany his bags. He will also be the world No2 and at some stage in the very near future, it is likely he could become the world’s top-ranked doubles player.
Andy Murray has said he has “a very good shot” of beating Novak Djokovic at the fourth attempt in the Australian Open final on Sunday, “if I play my best tennis”.
Johanna Konta did not lack for goodwill and support, even from her conqueror Angelique Kerber after losing her first – but possibly not last - grand slam semi-final in two sets here on Thursday – and should leave Melbourne filled with hope rather than despondency.
Johanna Konta had to conquer nerves she thought she had long buried to beat the Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 22 minutes in Melbourne on Wednesday and stands one win away from becoming the first British finalist in a slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
It was ugly, tense and thrilling – as with nearly every match between Andy Murray and David Ferrer – and for the 13th time the Scot prevailed, exhausted after three hours and 19 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, relieved to be in the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open.
The clay that Andy Murray once viewed with suspicion has become his friend and, a week before the French Open, a straight‑sets win against the best player in the world, Novak Djokovic, was sweet indeed.
Andy Murray was hurting, spiritually as much as physically, after his 24th defeat against Novak Djokovic here on Sunday in his first French Open final, thus allowing his great rival to take la Coupe des Mousquetaires at the fourth attempt.
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.
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.
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.
Rafael Nadal has had enough. After years of innuendo, he wants the world to know he has never failed a drug test, and on Tuesday he urged the International Tennis Federation to publish all his results to prove it. It declined but said the Spaniard was free to do so himself.
Novak Djokovic shrugged aside a fleeting lapse of concentration to ease through his opening match at the French Open with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
Amélie Mauresmo is no doubt right: Andy Murray is “complex”; his on-court rants might well be “disconcerting”, totally at odds with his demeanour in private, and maybe she did have no alternative but to extricate herself from one of sport’s most interesting but stressful marriages.
With shades of Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic in 2007, Britain will once again have an interest in the Wimbledon mixed doubles final on Sunday.
Coach wanted. Very competitive salary. Negotiable hours. Travel the world. Ability to work under pressure essential. Only bona fide tennis legends need apply.
‘Twice as good” is a phrase that some know so well, but which others, those who have never needed to be taught about it, may not recognise at all.