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''.
Novak Djokovic has finally put on his game face.
Juan Martín del Potro, in his quiet and ambling fashion, has built up a steady body of work on his return to the tournament he won in 2009, and, with the crowd warming to every pistol crack of his huge forehand, he enters the quarter-finals on Wednesday as a dangerous contender.
Of the eight players left in the men’s draw of the 2016 US Open, Andy Murray has hit the highest pitch of excellence – and the fastest serve of his life – in allowing Grigor Dimitrov just five games in two hours of exhilarating tennis.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Evans, ranked 333 in the world a year ago, came within a point beating the two-time grad slam champion and world No3 Stan Wawrinka in five thrilling sets in the third round of the US Open here on Saturday night.
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.
Nick Kyrgios’s five-set victory over Dustin Brown lasted only two hours and five minutes but it took a little longer for the bad smell to leave Court No2.
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.
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.
Serena Williams wore a victory smile in quiet, homely Mason on Sunday afternoon that will light up raucous Flushing Meadows without electrical help if she replicates the deed to seal a calendar grand slam in three weeks’ time.
When Novak Djokovic plays Roger Federer on the southern reaches of the Thames on Sunday night for the 44th time in one of sport’s great rivalries, he will be driven by an urge to prove he is not only the best player in the world this week but the best of his era.
Jamie Murray has always marched to the beat of his own drum, sparing the odd glance to the front of the parade, where his younger brother Andy has invariably been swamped in applause. Now they could be about to make history together, the first brothers to be No1 in the world in singles and doubles.
For patrons missing their darlings, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, this final week of the tennis season in London has opened a window on the future and the view through the winter mist is somewhere between encouraging and uncertain.
Novak Djokovic, eight times out of 10 for most of his career, has found a way. On Tuesday night he did it again with tennis which he admitted was short of his best but palpably too good for the eighth time in a row against Milos Raonic.