Andy Murray, the country's only remaining hope at the All England Club after a day of devastation for British players, wakes up this morning knowing he needs just six games to set up a mouth-watering third round tie with Andy Roddick.
Play was suspended late last night with the young Scot two-one up against Julien Benneteau although, having originally established a twoset lead, it was with some relief that Murray strode, through the murk, off Centre Court at 8.50pm.
He had led the world No 55 4-2 in the third but was coming under increasing pressure on his serve and eventually lost four consecutive games to breathe life into a match that should have been his.
So he must come back this afternoon and claim one of the next two sets to book his appointment with the American who looked to be coming ominously close to form in his 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 destruction of Florian Mayer.
If he does get through Murray will have to take his chances against the big serving Roddick, who has lost in the last two finals at the All England Club, better than he did against his French opponent.
After claiming the opening set on a tie-break after Benneteau double faulted to give him set point, he went 3-0 down in the next.
But a run of five games allowed him to close out 6-4 and when he broke in the first game of the third, the match was seemingly his for the taking.
However, Benneteau dug deep and took it 6-4 as he benefited from a lucky net cord to give him set point.
For the other Britons on show it was even worse. Both Martin Lee and Jamie Delgado were dumped out of the men's draw just 24 hours after winning their first round matches.
Delgado was faced with the unenviable task of taking on two-time semi-finalist Sebastien Grosjean and - as with their only other meeting here - it was the Frenchman who prevailed.
At least this time the 29-year-old went one better than in when he lost at the same stage in 1999 by taking a set.
Having slipped behind 6-3 in the first he bounced back to make the decisive break in the eighth game of the second and served out for the same scoreline.
But he seemed to lose concentration at the start of the third and world No 26 Grosjean took the next two sets 6-2, 6-3 and book a third round against Marcos Baghdatis.
Delgado was left bemoaning his luck.
"I went into the match thinking if I took care of my business and played well I'd have a shot at winning," Delgado said.
"After a set all it looked like that could happen. I let up a little bit and didn't take a couple of my chances. I'm a little disappointed in that aspect."
Lee was never really in the match against No 22 seed Jarkko Nieminen and went down 6-4, 6-0, 6-3.
He was, however, able to take positives from his week after two years out injured:. "I think the main thing was getting back to that level and getting used to playing those sort of matches day after day. I haven't done it for three years," Lee said.
Melanie South was unable to reproduce the heroics that accounted for 11th seed Francesca Schiavone in her second round encounter with Shenay Perry.
The 20-year-old from Surrey held a set point in the first set but could not convert and lost 7-6, 6-2 to the American.
Fellow English wild card Sarah Borwell bowed out to world No 22 Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2.
Reigning women's champion Venus Williams had a real scare against compatriot Lisa Raymond when she lost the first set and Raymond served for the match.
But a crunching backhand pass at 30-15 brought her back into the match, she broke for 5-4 and then won the next seven games. Two service holds each later and Williams was through.
"There were times when I was a little frustrated with my shot selection as far as not getting it in the court," Williams admitted. "I definitely started playing better in the second set - I just picked up."
Maria Sharapova and Amelie Mauresmo continued towards their semi-final clash without interruption against Ashley Harkleroad and Samantha Stosur respectively but No 8 seed Patty Schnyder was put out by Severine Bremond and dfs Classic finalists Jamea Jackson and Tatiana Golovin also went out.
On the men's side, Andre Agassi booked an intriguing third round clash with Rafael Nadal but fancied players Marat Safin and Tommy Robredo were dumped out. Lleyton Hewitt, meanwhile, will continue at two sets-all against Hyung Taik Lee later today.