Roger Federer is through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon after a simple, straight-sets victory over Gilles Simon, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. He now plays Andy Murray on Friday.
It is more than three decades since an incredulous John McEnroe uttered his most famous line: “You cannot be serious”.
Magdalena Rybarikova is an unfamiliar name and with good reason.
Serena Williams is two wins away from holding all four grand slam titles – however much she hates thinking about the prospect of repeating her special achievement of 12 years ago – and, with chilling inevitability, it was her friend Victoria Azarenka who served as a stepping stone, albeit a noble one in defeat.
Garbiñe Muguruza said she was proud to become the first Spanish woman to play in a Wimbledon semi-final since Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, after overcoming a strong challenge from Timea Bacsinszky on No1 Court.
The serve may be faltering but the nerve of Maria Sharapova remains as strong as ever.
It was more of an evisceration than a match.
The world No1, Novak Djokovic, resumes his quest for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday having survived a near-death experience in a titanic struggle with the South African Kevin Anderson.
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.
Alongside the joys of being touted as the next big thing in British women’s tennis, there are pressures.
A ball boy was hospitalised and spectators and players struggled to cope with the hottest temperatures in Wimbledon history on Wednesday, as at least one senior player questioned why female competitors are allowed to take a break during very hot matches but male players are not.
Andy Murray admits that a single day will not be enough to ease the pain of losing on home soil for the sixth time to Roger Federer, this time within reach of appearing in a third Wimbledon final.
Rule one of Wimbledon show court etiquette: back Andy Murray (usually politely, more occasionally volubly). Rule two: ignore rule one when he is playing Roger Federer.
The Arsenal and Manchester United greats sat near each other at SW19.