At least something has changed for both men in the last few weeks. Ruud has finally overcome his nemesis Djokovic at Monte Carlo to claim his first ever sets against the Serb after losing the previous 12. Tsitsipas beat the new, improved version of Sinner when almost trailing by a double break in the final set. These are the steps to bigger and better things. When the volume gets ratcheted up in a grand slam, there’s nowhere to hide though.

2024 still has a long way to go. The mid-twentysomethings are itching to break into the party of the major graduates. If there is life outside Sinner and Alcaraz, it’s time to prove it. Ruud and Tsitsipas are too good to star as extras.