Maria Sharapova, struggling with a right leg strain less than a fortnight before the start of the US Open, withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday night. She was joined on the sick list by Venus Williams, who has a virus.
It wasn’t just that Andy Murray broke the eight-match spell Novak Djokovic had held over him stretching back to 2013.
Novak Djokovic brought Jeremy Chardy’s week-long love affair with Montreal to a chastening conclusion as he advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup with a clinically efficient straight-sets win.
The Australian went over the line, but is he worse or funnier than this lot?
Andy Murray is going to be a father in February according to best estimates – which might inconvenience his participation in the Australian Open in January – and everybody is happy for Britain’s best player and his wife, Kim.
Serena Williams has her eyes on New York, not always the most welcoming landscape for her but now a destination where she is desperate to make history and friends.
Victory over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final brought Novak Djokovic level with his opponent in career meetings at 20 wins apiece.
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.
It's the most played fixture in the open era of men's tennis but will tonight's US Open final between Nadal and Djokovic be another classic?
The ghostbuster of British tennis struck again.
It is a mark of how far British tennis has come that after 24 years of drought the country now has two women competing for titles.
If Serena Williams can bagel a fitter, younger opponent in the third set of a semi-final at a slam while appearing to be operating on half a lung and anaesthetised legs – as she did to beat the bewildered Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday – her opponent in Saturday’s final, Lucie Safarova, has no chance.
When Novak Djokovic plays Roger Federer on the southern reaches of the Thames on Sunday night for the 44th time in one of sport’s great rivalries, he will be driven by an urge to prove he is not only the best player in the world this week but the best of his era.
Rarely more than the length of a phsyio’s table from angst, Andy Murray has put his fate over the concluding weeks of the season in the intuitive hands of a former ballet dancer who once shared a stage with Michael Crawford. As Judy Murray might say, some mothers do, indeed, have ’em.
If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked pleased just to be here, made a decent fist of her impossible assignment in dappled light on Arthur Ashe and pushed Serena Williams at least to the lower slopes of anxiety on day three of the 2015 US Open.
There are no plans for players to be handed more control over stoppages in play because of bad light or adverse weather during grand slams, despite several matches at Wimbledon featuring disputes with umpires about the conditions.
It is 19 years since Venus Williams first played at Wimbledon, an opening step on the path to what has been an incredible career. Almost two decades on, the 36-year-old is back in the semi-finals here for the first time in seven years, an achievement which in many ways is every bit as good as any of the five titles she has pocketed here along the way.
The thought occurred that the stronger server was the favourite when the second set rolled into a tie-break.