So, it came down the crunch: a day of expectation.
British fans packed Wimbledon, a reported 12 million observed it on the telly but the result was evitable.
Lady Luck was not with Andy Murray, he had, the dreaded, Tim Henman luck.
Rafael Nadal was class, epic, too powerful.
Murray lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, and 6-4. There was no amazing comeback; there was no light at the end of the tunnel. He can take experience from this; he can leave with his head held high.
The positives, a first quarter-final of a major tournament, a newly developed powerful serve, and most of all, the undefined support of our nation. The new British tennis pin up. You have earned t Murray.
John McEnroe mention the battle between man and boy and that was truly the case.
Nadal danced around the court with such class, he had the upper hand, he pulled off all the shots, and shots you thought were not possible.
Murray you did well, possibly better than expected. You will have so many more times to win Wimbledon. One day you will and you name will go down in the tennis, especially British, legends manuscript.
I am backing Nadal to beat Roger Federer. Crush him even.
Someone must stop his monopoly on grass, and prevent him winning it for the sixth consecutive time.
2008 will be Nadal’s year, and he is only 22.
Another world victory for the Spanish, let us hope Fernando Alonso do not make it a triple success at Silverstone on Sunday.