From the moment the Australian Open b0egan, Andy Murray and Roger Federer have been silently matching each other, set for set.
The men's game has had so many false dawns over the past few years that trying to figure out when the new generation is finally going to make it had become a waste of time.
Andy Murray may have missed out on defending his Tokyo title yesterday but the joy of being a Grand Slam champion is that defeats in the "lesser" tournaments tend not to hurt as much as they might once have done.
Andy Murray suffered his first defeat since becoming a grand slam champion as the brilliant young Canadian Milos Raonic took his scalp to reach the final of the Japan Open.
Andy Murray dug himself out of a huge hole against Marin Cilic to reach the semi-finals of the US Open for the third time.