Andy Murray insists he is undaunted by the prospect of salvaging a golden moment from the wreckage of Britain's sporting summer.
Anguish over England's World Cup exit, and the respective failures in rugby union and cricket, have left the nation looking towards Murray to keep the Union Jack flying in uncharted territory.
Murray's magnificent straight-sets demolition of American powerhouse Andy Roddick on Saturday evening sent him soaring into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time.
And now the 19-year-old Scot believes, with attention focusing ever more sharply upon his prospects, he can count on phenomenal support for today's Centre Court fourth-round clash with Marcos Baghdatis.
Murray said: "Obviously England losing is going to change things a little bit and I think I will almost get more support now than I did a couple of days ago.
"You don't get crowds as big as this cheering you on at any other tournaments. I got a feel for it last year and it is really special. It makes you raise your game a little bit higher."
Even Murray's career-best 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over third seed Roddick was temporarily eclipsed by the climax in Germany, with plenty of gasps and groans circling Centre Court during the first set tie-break.
But now Murray has the growing belief that he can overcome Australian Open finalist Baghdatis and book himself a likely last-eight clash with Lleyton Hewitt.
Murray is always eager to shrug off his chances of success and insisted in the aftermath of his Saturday victory that the Australian former champion would represent too tough a nut to crack.
Few who witnessed the way he dealt with Roddick's 140mph serves and hammered home his advantage with audacious passing shots and drop volleys would accept that Murray's march is set to go no further.
Instead he finds himself in the unlikely position of starting favourite to see off Baghdatis, this year's Australian Open runner-up who has risen to a career-best ranking of 16.
Playing Wimbledon for only the second time, the 21-year-old Cypriot recorded a notable four-set victory over twice semi-finalist Sebastien Gros-jean to book his meeting with Murray.
Baghdatis, who has been dogged by recent injuries and been struggling in particular with a buttock strain, acknowledged he faces a difficult task against the soaring Scot.
"I wasn't surprised he beat Roddick because he is a great player and he is also young," said Baghdatis. "I think he needs some time before he becomes a really great player, but it is just a matter of time."
Against Roddick, Murray was in no mood to fall by the wayside as dramatically as he had at the same stage last year when he squandered a two-set lead against David Nalbandian.
Only Roger Federer had managed to stop Roddick in each of the last two years and while the American's star appears to be waning he still entered the match as a major favourite.
But Murray batted back his biggest shots and stepped in to punish Roddick's second serve as he made a mockery of his fearsome reputation and fashioned 12 break points in the match.
The three he converted were enough to book him his straight-sets win, having edged a tight first set in which he had had nervelessly to save four set points against his serve prior to the tie-break.
In the second set, it was Roddick who looked flimsy, twice having to dig himself out from double break point down before he finally broken at the crucial point with a crashing backhand down the line.
That point moved Murray to the brink of victory and so much was he exuding confidence that even when he lost his serve for the first time in the fifth game of the third set there was no cause to panic.
Instead Murray simply stepped up to break his opponent back immediately, and punished the American's serve again to force one final error and break him a second time to close out the match.
Murray added: "If I play like that, I think I have a good chance of winning. He has got a bit more experience than me having made the final of the Australian Open and he is in the top 20.
"That is one thing about tennis. I can play like that one day and I can show up on Monday and play badly. But I think I have got a good chance of winning my next match."
For Roddick, it is back home to try to figure out why his once daunting presence has eroded to the extent where he is on the verge of dropping out of the world top ten.
"I returned better than I did the first day but there is just that intangible quality right now, that edge that is not there and that is what I am searching for," said Roddick.
"It's not like me to lay down so I have just got to keep on trying to truck along. I have to have faith in myself and hope something good is going to happen again soon." ..SUPL: