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.
Jamie Murray secured the third doubles slam title of his career and his second in the company of Bruno Soares as they finessed and blasted their way past the Spaniards Pablo Carreño Busta and Guillermo García-López in straight sets on an echoing Arthur Ashe Court.
Angelique Kerber was on the ropes in the third and deciding set of Saturday’s US Open final, having fallen behind a break against the big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova.
When Stan Wawrinka won his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open against an injury hampered Rafael Nadal to become the oldest first-time grand slam champion in 13 years, it might have been written off as a fluke. When he backed it up at last year’s French Open, the veteran baseliner’s place among the finest big-match players of his generation was beyond dispute.
If a set of tennis can be described as flawless, that which Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares inflicted on Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the first 41 minutes of their semi-final win on day 11 of the 2016 US Open is surely a candidate.
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.
Angelique Kerber is in the semi-finals of the US Open, completing a five-year journey that has taken her through most of the highs and lows the game has to offer.
Ivan Lendl has been with Andy Murray for all his greatest achievements in tennis. So, when he saw what everyone else saw during some down moments at this US Open, he urged him to “give it everything you’ve got''.
A couple of months back Nick Kyrgios was the subject of a lengthy profile piece in the New York Times.
The Australian says he used to play with Tottenham on FIFA all the time.
The king of clay is dead, long live the new Spanish queen.
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Nick Kyrgios has been fined $16,500 (£13,535) for his behaviour during his second-round match defeat by Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
It took less than five minutes for the sense of ceremony that preceded the semi-final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to be supplanted by an inevitability that has become numbingly familiar.
Maria Sharapova and her team were “reckless beyond description” in failing a drug test at the Australian Open, according to the World Anti Doping Agency’s first president, Dick Pound.