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 finally voiced the unthinkable when he said on Saturday that the Big Four, the elite club which he will captain for as long as he can hold Novak Djokovic at bay, could be without its founding members, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, within 12 months.
It was a three-word tweet which spoke volumes. No sooner had Andy Murray completed his remarkable ascension to the top of men’s tennis, Nick Kyrgios paid homage on social media. “U the man” wrote the Australian before posting a picture of him rubbing Murray’s head. A heartwarming tennis “bromance” for the ages.
Pick up any dictionary and check the definition of honesty.
Andy Murray celebrated his elevation to world No1 by winning the Paris Masters in three tense sets against John Isner here on Sunday, extending his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings to a slender 405 points.
Three years ago in New York, where Andy Murray was defending the first of his three grand slam titles, the Association of Tennis Professionals organised a gala dinner for the 25 players who had topped their rankings since 1973.
Milos Raonic withdrew from his Paris Masters semi-final against Andy Murray at the last minute on Saturday, handing the Scot the world No1 spot for the first time.
As Novak Djokovic’s glorious reign of 122 weeks as the king of tennis edged towards a conclusion with a shock defeat in Paris on Friday, Andy Murray, the heir apparent for 76 weeks stretched over seven years, put one undoubtedly trembling hand on the crown.
Marin Cilic, beaten 14 times in a row by Novak Djokovic over eight frustrating years, broke the Serb’s spell over him in two sets of high anxiety in the quarter-finals of the final masters tournament of the season here on Friday to put the world No1’s 122-week reign in serious jeopardy.
Andy Murray always knew that, if he was going to unseat Novak Djokovic as the king of tennis here this weekend, he would need the help of mutual friends. It looks the Dickens of an assignment.
Andy Murray goes through, Nick Kyrgios goes down – but their hugely anticipated encounter on the second evening of the 2015 US Open, won in four don’t-look-away sets by the Scot, was more than a tennis match. It was a public examination of a tender psyche (Kyrgios’s, by the way), an entity wholly separate from the rest of the sport.
When the fans started streaming out of Arthur Ashe stadium on the fifth night of the US Open, they made the reasonable gamble that Rafael Nadal could not blow a two-set lead against Fabio Fognini. When they did the same on Saturday night, the chances of Andy Murray letting Thomaz Bellucci back into the match from two sets down were about the same as might be laid for the new roof to fall in.
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.
Andy Murray – distracted, taunted by a hostile crowd and railing at minor distractions – lost focus at precisely the wrong time of the championships and could not deny Novak Djokovic his first French Open title here on Sunday, the brilliant Serb completing a career grand slam in the process.
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.
The only Scottish independence Andy Murray is interested in this week is his own and, unshackled from extraneous distractions, he is doing an excellent job of rediscovering the focus that went missing in the early stages of the French Open last month.
U.S. Open ticket prices have seen a big boost this year, thanks in large part to Serena Williams' shot at the first grand slam sweep since 1988.
When Gay Talese came to write the story of Floyd Patterson, he decided to call it The Loser.
Johanna Konta is leaving behind a stressful end to 2016, which included the death last month of her personal adviser, Juan Coto, followed quickly by an amicable split with her tennis coach, Esteban Carril.
Andy Murray heads an expanded 16-strong shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, which is predictably dominated by Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic stars.