Andy Murray proved there is life after Tim Henman when he pulled off a stunningsecond-round Wimbledon-victory on the biggest stage of his life.
On a day when British hopes were shattered at the early exit of the Henman, who was beaten 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-8 by unseeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, the 18-year-old from Dunblane lifted the hearts of tennis fans when he beat 14th seed Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
As images of Henman walking disconsolately off the Centre Court were beamed around the All England Club, Murray was setting about taking on the mantle of a new national hero.
Henman insists he will carry on playing when many believe he might but it mattered little because the British fans who emerge for a fortnight every year had a new idol.
As Murray threw his racket in the air and punched his fists in victory, Court One gave him a standing ovation.
He deserved it. The future of British tennis appears in safe hands.
Murray said: "I didn't really expect to win at all, he's a lot better than me, he's top 20 in the world.
"It was a very difficult match and I wasn't feeling too well at the end of the second set. I got up this morning with a sore head and an upset stomach.
"I actually thought he might be better than what he was.
"I was a bit annoyed with him at the end, he was trying to put me off and he ended up looking a bit stupid."
Henman had already promised he had no thoughts of quitting tennis despite failing to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time for ten years.
"I would think about it if you were ninth best in the world and quit with me. But there wouldn't be many left, would there?
"It's very disappointing and it won't sit comfortably with me for a period of time but you have to be able to move on."
Henman also apologised after swearing live on television.
Henman was furious with some of the line calls and was heard to swear on a number of occasions, most notably during the fourth set.
"If I said some bad words, I apologise," said the sixth seed. "These things happen in the spur of the moment when you're out there competing, wanting to get fired up."
Henman's frustrations threatened to boil over in the seventh game of the fourth set, the Briton complaining about another poor line call with a choice phrase you did not need to be a lip-reader to figure out.
Both players felt the Cyclops machine was not working correctly and asked for it to be turned off, but were met with a shrug from umpire Andreas Egli of Switzerland.
"That's the reaction I love to see; that fills us with confidence," complained, Henman, who was also annoyed at not getting the correct drink at a change of ends.
If the Championships ended in nightmare for Henman, the fairytale appears to be just beginning for Murray.
It took him just one hour and 50 minutes to secure victory in only his second Wimbledon senior match and his first time on Court One.
But it was Stepanek who appeared the novice and Murray, ranked 312 in the world, who looked like a potential future champion at Grand Slam level as he conducted his own support with trademark fist-pumps in the famous arena.
In the first set, Murray gave a taste of what was to come when he broke Stepanek in the ninth game after a brilliant rally, which produced a huge roar, and then went on to serve out solidly.
If that first set was impressive, then the second took us into the realms of fantasy.
Murray simply dismantled the game of his Czech opponent, mixing up the pace on his groundstrokes and breaking Stepanek's serve in the first game with the aid of a brilliant backhand return.
He reinforced that break with another in the fifth game, and it seemed Stepanek had no answer to the wonderfully composed, and stylish, game of the Scot.
Murray showed his first sign of fragility when he lost his serve while serving for the set and seemed to ease off in the next game to conserve his energy.
It allowed him to serve out solidly for the second time and this time he took the set and control of the match. He was not about to let things slip now and appealed with arms stretched to the crowd, exhorting them to more vocal support.
They duly obliged and so did he, racing into a lead in the third set when he broke Stepanek's serve yet again in the third game, due largely to a series of impressive twofisted backhands.
The Czech saved two match points in the ninth game, but Murray finally clinched it on his own serve when Stepanek pushed a forehand wide.
Midland interests faded rapidly meanwhile when Solihull brothers Richard and William Barker were beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in the men's doubles by top seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi.