The milestones continue to whizz past for Serena Williams, who is running out of records to break and history to rewrite as she approaches the business end of a tournament she has won six times, including three of the past four years.
Kyle Edmund came of age at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday night when, against most expectations except his own, he beat the American John Isner in four sets to earn a fourth-round tie in the US Open against the world No1 Novak Djokovic.
If CiCi Bellis’ charmed US Open run suggested a player ready to compete at the tour level, then Friday night’s one-sided defeat to the world’s second-best player showed just how far the teenager from Silicon Valley has to go.
It’s been two years since a 15-year-old unknown named Catherine Cartan ‘CiCi’ Bellis stunned 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova to become the youngest girl in nearly two decades to make it past the first round at the US Open.
Johanna Konta collapsed to her knees midway through her match in stifling heat at the US Open before recovering to record an astonishing and controversial win in three sets over the Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova. The incident sent a worrying shiver through the tournament as high humidity drained even the fittest players – and few are better conditioned than the British No1.
When Dan Evans, Heather Watson and Laura Robson came to New York in 2013 for the US Open, none could have envisaged how dramatically any of their lives and careers would unravel over the next three years. On day two of this year’s tournament each had a slightly different story to tell.
Andy Murray could hardly have made a more satisfying start to the 2016 US Open than he did here on the revamped Arthur Ashe Court in the last night match on Tuesday, demolishing the stubborn Czech, Lukáš Rosol, in under two hours.
If there is an evident dividend from the Rio Olympic Games, it shines on the faces of those who chose to go and they might yet profit further from the most uplifting experience of their careers at this US Open.
Two players at this US Open, Serena Williams and Laura Robson, are coming to terms with what is left of their very different careers and doing it in contrasting ways.
When Jamie Murray lands in London on Tuesday he will do so with a grand slam doubles trophy to accompany his bags. He will also be the world No2 and at some stage in the very near future, it is likely he could become the world’s top-ranked doubles player.
Novak Djokovic survived a determined fightback from Andy Murray to claim the Madrid Open title for the second time in his career. The Serb carved out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory, by turns brilliant and battling, to triumph in two hours and six minutes and move one win ahead of Rafael Nadal as the player with the most Masters Series titles to his name.
Andy Murray stands on the verge of tennis history yet again. He knows a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday will put him in his first final here – completing the list for all four majors and becoming the first British player to get to the concluding day in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937.
Watch arguably the greatest rally in the history of men's tennis, from last nights US Open final
Of the 128 men who set out on their Wimbledon adventure a week ago, maybe a handful genuinely believed they would be in contention for the title on the final weekend. Nick Kyrgios is among them and on Monday he gets to prove he is good enough to get there – against the best player left in the draw, Andy Murray.
The look on John Isner’s face said it all: “Not again.” The American, whose name will forever be etched in Wimbledon history after his 11-hour, five-minute epic with Nicolas Mahut in 2010, a match in which he won the fifth set 70-68, on Sunday found himself embroiled in yet another marathon match here.
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.