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.
The big man is back.
Andy Murray stands on the verge of tennis history yet again. He knows a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday will put him in his first final here – completing the list for all four majors and becoming the first British player to get to the concluding day in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937.
Stan Wawrinka, the French Open champion and owner of his first home title after beating Marin Cilic in Geneva on Saturday, should be striding into Roland Garros bursting with pride and confidence, but gardeners have made louder entrances here than did the Swiss on a rainy Sunday afternoon.