At the start of this French Open, Novak Djokovic was adamant he would not talk about a draw that was always going to pitch him into a showdown with Rafael Nadal before the final.
Novak Djokovic is carrying the sort of emotional baggage into the second week of the French Open that might defeat a lesser individual and which could yet lift him to his first title in Paris.
While sweatbands and headbands have long been part of the tennis style shtick, socks have previously only really come in the short, white and bright variety.
It is not often that Rafael Nadal explodes – off the court, anyway.
For someone who regards technological gizmos such as HawkEye the way a Ukipper might view an immigration advice centre financed by the European Development Fund, it has been a landmark few days for Roger Federer.
Andy Murray is out of the French Open.