It is nearly 10 months since Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic squared up to contest the first big title of the season, in the considerably warmer surroundings of Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
It was framed as a question but it sounded more like a threat.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet for the 35th time on Sunday in a match loaded with more significance than even some of their many contests for majors: the championship of each other, as someone once described the trilogy of world heavyweight title fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Jamie Murray has always marched to the beat of his own drum, sparing the odd glance to the front of the parade, where his younger brother Andy has invariably been swamped in applause. Now they could be about to make history together, the first brothers to be No1 in the world in singles and doubles.
For patrons missing their darlings, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, this final week of the tennis season in London has opened a window on the future and the view through the winter mist is somewhere between encouraging and uncertain.
Novak Djokovic, eight times out of 10 for most of his career, has found a way. On Tuesday night he did it again with tennis which he admitted was short of his best but palpably too good for the eighth time in a row against Milos Raonic.
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.
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”.
What started out as another quiet day in paradise turned into a rolling parade of shocks and minor surprises: Novak Djokovic beaten for only the second time in 30 matches this year, and Aljaz Bedene targeting Rafael Nadal’s once-feared forehand on clay, before losing anyway.
Nick Kyrgios has been fined $16,500 (£13,535) for his behaviour during his second-round match defeat by Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
Now that the authorities have cracked down on his persistent poor behaviour, the question for Nick Kyrgios to answer – and hopefully it is one that he will be asking himself during his unexpected sabbatical – is whether he owes it to himself to explore the outer reaches of his vast talent.
Suspended tennis star Nick Kyrgios has suggested he is unlikely to see a sports psychologist in a bid to have his eight-week ban reduced.
Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open in February so he can play in the NBA all-star celebrity game instead, tournament director Richard Krajicek confirmed on Wednesday.
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 a public high on the exploits of Heather Watson, James Ward and the hope that British tennis is inching its way to respectability, the prospect of both Murray brothers in Wimbledon finals seems tantalising.
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.
Weird scenes, these.
Andy Murray capped a glorious year, in which he lifted the Wimbledon title, stormed to Olympic gold and became the first British tennis player to reach No 1 in the world, by winning Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.
If there was any doubt that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were nearing the end of their glorious careers in the 12th year of their rivalry, John McEnroe spiked that bubble when he said this week the two players who dominated the game for nearly a decade had “maybe one or two more years” to add to their combined total of 31 majors.