‘Twice as good” is a phrase that some know so well, but which others, those who have never needed to be taught about it, may not recognise at all.
Move over Steffi Graf, you have company. Serena Williams equalled the great German’s open-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles on Saturday after a hard-fought but well-deserved 7-5, 6-3 victory over another German, Angelique Kerber for her seventh Wimbledon crown.
Djokovic has gone, Federer has fallen and after a display of focused efficiency on Centre Court on Friday evening, Andy Murray will contest the Wimbledon final on Sunday as the favourite to reclaim the title he first won three years ago.
In the past week the ground has twice shifted beneath Andy Murray’s feet.
There is a moment in the documentary, “Serena”, which was shown on the BBC on Sunday, that gave an interesting insight into the mentality of the world No1, who on Saturday will be aiming to win her 22nd grand slam title, something that would equal the open-era record held by Steffi Graf.
It has been a strange fortnight for Heather Watson. Having begun with a whimper, it could end up with a first Wimbledon title.
Tennis fans have questioned the BBC for allowing John McEnroe to commentate on the Wimbledon semi-final between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic while working as Raonic’s coach.
As he became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final, Milos Raonic appeared not to know whether to laugh or cry. John McEnroe, acting as a coaching consultant to the big-serving Raonic, who secured victory over Roger Federer in five see-saw sets, had called on his charge to be more expressive on court.
After the first set of her semi-final Serena Williams lifted a towel and used a corner to dab her forehead. It was the first sign she had broken any sweat. She defeated Elena Vesnina, the world’s 50th-best player, in 48 minutes.
For as long as they play the game, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will always have the semi-final of the 2015 Australian Open.
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.
Kyle Edmund had his moments against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the US Open, but they were too few and and too short. The world No1, not exactly at his best and still favouring his right elbow, gathered his resources efficiently enough to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just under two hours and move through to the quarter-finals on Tuesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier on day seven beat the American Jack Sock with some to spare.
This was not all about the mysterious and probably temporary dip in form of Andy Murray as the men’s draw began to open up at this US Open. The world No2, who had not dropped a set in the tournament, took three hours and 17 minutes to subdue the courageous challenge of an Italian veteran, Paolo Lorenzi, and it was the loser who walked off Arthur Ashe Court to the louder applause.
That is it for Wimbledon fairytales this year – unless Sam Querrey can protect a two-set lead and pull off the shock of the year against Novak Djokovic when they return on Saturday.
It’s a common enough occurrence at sporting events these days: the umpire warning spectators to turn off their phones to avoid distracting players. But on Sunday it was an athlete being admonished after Marcos Baghdatis admitted texting his wife during his defeat to Gaël Monfils at the US Open.
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.
Andy Murray’s golden summer run crashed to earth on day ten of the 2016 US Open when he squandered early dominance against Kei Nishikori, whom he had lost to once in eight matches but who found the will and strength to grind out a gruelling five-set win for a place in the semi-finals.
Whatever Novak Djokovic’s protestations to the contrary, the prevailing sentiment around Flushing Meadows, supported by the visual evidence, is the defending champion is less than fully fit as he reaches for his third US Open title against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
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.
Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open in February so he can play in the NBA all-star celebrity game instead, tournament director Richard Krajicek confirmed on Wednesday.
Suspended tennis star Nick Kyrgios has suggested he is unlikely to see a sports psychologist in a bid to have his eight-week ban reduced.
Now that the authorities have cracked down on his persistent poor behaviour, the question for Nick Kyrgios to answer – and hopefully it is one that he will be asking himself during his unexpected sabbatical – is whether he owes it to himself to explore the outer reaches of his vast talent.