When Gay Talese came to write the story of Floyd Patterson, he decided to call it The Loser.
Andy Murray has worked so hard to reach the top of his sport – which he marked emphatically by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Sunday – that he intends to stay there for as long as he can.
It is nearly 10 months since Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic squared up to contest the first big title of the season, in the considerably warmer surroundings of Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
It was framed as a question but it sounded more like a threat.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet for the 35th time on Sunday in a match loaded with more significance than even some of their many contests for majors: the championship of each other, as someone once described the trilogy of world heavyweight title fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
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.