Every year at this time, Britain's sporting public demands a performance out of Andy Murray. Maybe not the title-winning performance that has eluded every male British player since Fred Perry won Wimbledon in 1936, but the expectation is for an effort that at least quickens the pulse and offers hope.
Once again, Murray has delivered.
In a match befitting the game's greatest stage, with Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton sitting in the Royal Box next to Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Murray on Wednesday battled back from a set and a break down to beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (4) in 3 hours, 52 minutes.
And Murray indeed had to battle, because Ferrer, who seems to be getting better at age 30, gives you nothing. Unbeaten on grass in his past nine matches, including an ATP title in Holland, Ferrer faced Murray with confidence, and it showed as Ferrer controlled the first set with the depth of his ground strokes, his solid returns and, inevitably, with hi...