Andy Murray's comeback victory at Wimbledon over 8th ranked Richard Gasquet of France (Murray is ranked 14th) was as inspirational and exciting a victory as British tennis fans have seen in years. Murray, who is of course Scottish, rallied from two sets down to defeat the Frenchman in a match lasting nearly four hours. The victory propels Murray into the Quarterfinals where he will face two-time defending runner-up Rafael Nadal.
No Englishman (or Brit, for that matter) has won England's crown jewel since Fred Perry's three consecutive titles in 1934, 1935 and 1936. The run of over seventy years (though slightly fewer tournaments, as none were held during the war years of 1940-1945) weighs heavily on the British fans who long for a champion of native birth to celebrate.
Will this be the year? Doubtful, as Nadal has been increasingly stronger on grass over the past three years. But with record crowds cheering him on, perhaps Andy Murray can summon some other-worldly abilities for what would be a match for the ages for the British tennis fans.