Kyle Edmund is a quiet man with a loud forehand, but he could not make it roar for long enough on Wednesday night to seriously disrupt Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
The British number two performed creditably enough, but failed to sustain his early charge against a man who has almost forgotten how to lose.
The world number was given an initial scare but recovered enough of his form to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in three hours and 13 minutes to maintain what is looking like ominous form.
Novak Djokovic bounced back from a set behind to beat Kyle Edmund in four at the US Open
Djokovic and Edmund embrace at the net following the second-round contest on Wednesday
The world No 1 celebrates following his hard-fought victory at Flushing Meadows in New York
He paid Edmund the compliment of producing his best, at least for a time, after he went behind. The match followed a similar pattern to their meeting at Wimbledon two years ago, where the 25 year-old Yorkshireman got off to an excellent start before being made to pay heavily for a drop of intensity in the second set.
This inability to fully assert himself when having the advantage explains why Edmund has only won two of his matches out of his 26 against top ten players, even those less accomplished than the brilliant Djokovic.
Given the weapons at his disposal, and the kind of quality he showed he possesses early on, that figure really ought to be higher.
Djokovic admitted that, not for the first time, Edmund had caused him anxiety: 'It was anybody's match for the first set and a half,' he said. 'Kyle played a fantastic first set, I didn't do much wrong. His forehand is a weapon but his backhand was very strong, very flat.
'I was pleased with my serve and how I recovered. That was a very good test for me today.'
Edmund failed to sustain his early charge against a man who has almost forgotten how to lose
It didn't go to plan for Djokovic early on but he eventually stamped his authority on the match
Edmund was the first of four British male players in second round action, the biggest UK representation since 1974. On Wednesday night Cam Norrie was due to take on Argentina's Federico Coria to try and secure a place in the last 32.
Djokovic's lockdown period was fairly interesting, to put it mildly. We have been treated to his views on vaccination and general health matters, and he was responsible for the well-documented disaster that was the Adria Tour exhibition series.
In the past ten days he has managed to get his long-cherished vision of an independent players' union-type organisation off the ground,