At the start of this French Open, Novak Djokovic was adamant he would not talk about a draw that was always going to pitch him into a showdown with Rafael Nadal before the final.
On a warm day that dulled the senses but not the reflexes or the perspective of the favourites, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised in different gears towards a semi-final on Friday that has been billed as the "real final" of this French Open.
Day nine of the French Open was a relatively peaceful one for the women, and there are few signs of seismic activity in the coming days.
Novak Djokovic is carrying the sort of emotional baggage into the second week of the French Open that might defeat a lesser individual and which could yet lift him to his first title in Paris.
While sweatbands and headbands have long been part of the tennis style shtick, socks have previously only really come in the short, white and bright variety.
It is not often that Rafael Nadal explodes – off the court, anyway.
For someone who regards technological gizmos such as HawkEye the way a Ukipper might view an immigration advice centre financed by the European Development Fund, it has been a landmark few days for Roger Federer.
Andy Murray is out of the French Open.
Andy Murray, as disconsolate as he has been for some time after being struck down again by a chronic back injury, said on Wednesday, his 26th birthday, that he would be "surprised" if he were ready to play in the French Open, which starts a week this Sunday.
Rafael Nadal is back.