Veterans Venus Williams and Lleyton Hewitt have wound back the clock to keep their respective Olympic dreams alive with the two over-30s producing some of the sterling form which has carried both to No.1 in the world and multiple Grand Slam titles.
While both are unseeded and at the tail-end of their careers, they boast an impressive resume – 71 titles between them, including nine majors – and both rise to the occasion when representing their countries.
The two former Wimbledon Champions posted emphatic second-round Olympic victories on Tuesday.
Williams, 32, was first up on Centre Court and needed just over an hour to thunder past Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-1, 6-3.
The American’s only glitch came when serving for the match at 5-1. She dropped serve but would close it out two games later to land a third-round shot at German seventh seed Angelique Kerber.
The win was highlighted by a whopping 32 winners from the Williams racket, to just seven from her opponent’s.
Out on No.2 Court, Australia’s last man standing kept the flag flying with a 6-4, 7-5 upset of 16th-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic in an hour and 36 minutes.
Before a vocal green and gold support base, the 31-year-old hit seven less winners than his opponent’s 26, but crucially kept his unforced error count to almost half and never faced a break point.
Hewitt will face men’s second seed Novak Djokovic for a place in his first Olympic quarter-final.