The Four Kings. That is what they called Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, those iron-willed gladiators of boxing’s last golden age.
Milos Raonic said he had no regrets following his defeat by Andy Murray and vowed he was “not going to leave any stone unturned” in his pursuit 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.
It was on a drab day in Paris in early November last year when Patrick Mouratoglou gave an indication of how rough 2015 had been for Serena Williams as she had chased the calendar year grand slam.
Andy Murray has claimed his second Wimbledon title with a clinical straight-sets victory over Milos Raonic.
Finally, Serena Williams is as good as Steffi Graf.
With shades of Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic in 2007, Britain will once again have an interest in the Wimbledon mixed doubles final on Sunday.
Coach wanted. Very competitive salary. Negotiable hours. Travel the world. Ability to work under pressure essential. Only bona fide tennis legends need apply.
‘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.
It all started when a skinny 15-year-old boy from a small town in Scotland decided he was going to take his racket and spend a couple of years learning how to play the game on the clay of an academy in Barcelona, a surface and an environment as foreign to him as the language.
The thought occurred that the stronger server was the favourite when the second set rolled into a tie-break.
Angelique Kerber proved to be the ultimate party-pooper as she ended the run of the five-times champion Venus Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory to reach the Wimbledon final for the first time.
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.
Andy Murray was hurting, spiritually as much as physically, after his 24th defeat against Novak Djokovic here on Sunday in his first French Open final, thus allowing his great rival to take la Coupe des Mousquetaires at the fourth attempt.
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.
When he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year, many tipped the 22-year-old Lucas Pouille as a star of the future. After his victory over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday evening, he looked a lot like a star for the present.
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.