Week 1 of the 2012 U.S. Open had a little bit of everything. Some bright stars dimmed, blinking out early, while a number of new stars captured some reflected glow.
The end of two great careers and the emergence of several budding talents have dominated the story lines at Flushing Meadows.
Two prominent almost-30-somethings decided to call it quits while others of equal or greater age have professed their intention to keep playing on.
One troubling aspect of outdoor tennis stayed away, allowing scheduled matches to progress unhindered. The rains that complicated both the French Open and Wimbledon were absent from Flushing Meadows, except for Day 1 and Sunday night as action concluded on Arthur Ashe.
The U.S. Open is on schedule, which is excellent news for tournament organizers. Of course, there is always Week 2.
The tournament's night matches have presented a few moments of drama, including Venus Williams' battle with German Angelique Kerber, as the American lost in three sets. Of course, Sunday night's action on Arthur Ashe involving Maria Sharapova and John Isner had plenty of drama.
Week 2 will undoubtedly present more competitive matches for New York's enthusiastic night-time fans.
Here are the best moments so far at the 2012 U.S. Open.