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 is fighting mental and physical fatigue as he strains to knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the tennis mountain.
Rarely can so many disbelieving eyes have been trained on Novak Djokovic. The whole of tennis was watching the best player in the world lose the plot, the match and – however briefly – his aura on No1 Court here on Saturday, and it was not an altogether pretty spectacle.
After this most tumultuous and savagely unpredictable of summers it was reassuring to find a national institution on which Britain can rely.
Roger Federer has played many great matches at Wimbledon in the past 17 years but few to match his comeback here on a warm Wednesday afternoon.
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.
Andy Murray has vowed to enjoy winning his second Wimbledon title, claiming that doing so via a straight-sets win against Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Sunday had left him feeling “happier” and “more content” than when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final here three years ago.
Stan Wawrinka pleased his many friends and family, as well as his tailor, by beating the world No1 Novak Djokovic in four sets on Court Philippe Chatrier on the most beautiful of Sunday afternoons.
Serena Williams returns this week to Paris, her second home, as reigning French Open champion and owner of her fourth Italian Open title, a considerable comfort to her after failing to win two previous finals in an uneven start to the 2016 season.
Protected by the Centre Court roof and fortified by his tenacity, nothing was going to stop Novak Djokovic from securing his 30th consecutive grand slam victory, a record in the open era. The rain could not touch Djokovic and nor could Adrian Mannarino, who produced some delightful touches without ever coming close to bloodying the world No1’s nose.
Venus Williams has been through most things in her long and illustrious career but she enjoyed two firsts on Friday as she scraped into the fourth round. First she had to go off when standing at match point when the rain of this lovely British summer poured down; secondly she went deeper in a deciding set than ever before, eventually claiming a 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 victory over the rising young Russian Daria Kasatkina, in a battle that lasted two hours 42 minutes.
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.