Everyone expected Serena Williams to win this year’s US Open. She didn’t.
Andy Murray will agonise for another week before declaring if he will play in the ATP World Tour Finals in London just before the Davis Cup final against Belgium, which it was confirmed on Wednesday will be held on clay in Ghent on 27-29 November.
When Andy Murray hinted that he might withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London during November to prepare for the Davis Cup final in Belgium a week later, he was letting his sore body do the talking.
Love, that many-splendoured thing, is more than a score in tennis.
There was gushing from the prime minister, pride on the front pages and reflected glory on tennis courts up and down Italy.
It is not getting any easier for Novak Djokovic to beat Roger Federer.
In a weekend of turmoil, all anyone could be certain of about the women’s final of the US Open was that the winner would not be Serena Williams but would be fluent in Italian – and not a soul predicted that Flavia Pennetta, in halting English, would turn her victory speech into a farewell to tennis.
There is not a sentient being in this city or any other who would have predicted that two Italians in their early thirties would contest the US Open women’s singles final on Saturday and that Serena Williams, perhaps the finest player in the history of the women’s game, would be denied a shot at the first calendar grand slam in 27 years.
The final of the 2015 US Open men’s singles will be contested between the best player of all time and the best player of this time when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play the 42nd edition of their rivalry here on Sunday.
Serena Williams’s bid to reach her fourth grand slam final of the year will have to wait another day after her US Open semi-final against Roberta Vinci was postponed due to a forecast of heavy rain in New York.
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.
Johanna Konta continues to confound her dwindling collection of doubters, not to mention some illustrious opponents, the latest of them the garlanded Venus Williams.
We've got a lot of time for Serena, and we've got A LOT of time for this!
It's the end of the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year and unfortunately for Andy Murray, it means another missed opportunity.
The finest player in the world looked for a long time here on Sunday evening like one of the worst, and Novak Djokovic goes through to his 27th straight grand slam quarter-final a relieved but worried champion after taking five sets to beat the world No15 Gilles Simon.
The former champion Maria Sharapova continued her smooth, relatively untested progress through the Wimbledon draw as she saw off Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to book her place in the last 16.
Serena Williams says she is lonely. She doesn’t much like it, either, a long way from home with nothing to do but deliver serial beatings to lesser players at the Australian Open and walk the very pleasant streets of Wimbledon.
A round up of the latest news stories from the world of professional sport.
For as long as they play the game, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will always have the semi-final of the 2015 Australian Open.
No one likes losing but when things are taken out of your hands, it hurts that little bit more. Britain’s last representative in the juniors, Gabriella Taylor, was forced to retire from her quarter-final because of a virus, ending her hopes of a first grand slam title.
Angelique Kerber proved to be the ultimate party-pooper as she ended the run of the five-times champion Venus Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory to reach the Wimbledon final for the first time.