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.
HOW Andy Murray will be hoping the time spent with Rory McIlroy over the past week will signal the kind of change in fortunes which have led the Northern Irishman to leave the golfing world in his wake.
THERE may have been an audible sigh when news reached Flushing Meadows that Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion, was forced out of the US Open with a wrist injury but you wouldn't have found Roger Federer moaning too much.