You never quite know when Serena Williams is being serious or joking around, but when she raised her arms in celebration yesterday and said "I finally made a quarter-final this year", there seemed to be more than an element of relief in her voice.
By his own high standards, Andy Murray has been talking a better game than the one he has been playing so far at the US Open, from the cramps of round one to the odd lapse in concentration along the way.
Training for a marathon might not seem the most obvious path to success on the court but Caroline Wozniacki might just be the exception to the rule after she produced arguably the best win of her career to take out Maria Sharapova and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
AS Serena Williams completed her 41st win of 2014 with the ruthlessness that has been the hallmark of her 17 major titles, it almost seemed churlish to mention the fact the world No.1 has been anything but ruthless in recent grand slams.
Matthias Bachinger knows New York fairytales are real because he is living one at the US Open.
The German qualifier plays Andy Murray in the second round after beating Radek Stepanek on Monday for his first ever grand slam victory.