The clamour to be part of the movement known as Andy-monium intensified yesterday with Sir Cliff Richard, Kate Winslet and Miss Scotland adding their names to the Briton’s increasingly illustrious fan-club.
Indeed it was an auspicious guest list that roared Andy Murray into the first Wimbledon semi final of his career after a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 beating of Juan Carlos Ferrero which, at times, was so complete it might have been stopped on cruelty grounds.
Victory made the 22-year-old the first British player since Tim Henman in 2002 to reach the last four at the All England Club, where he will meet Andy Roddick, although in this form Murray will have his eyes on a far bigger prize than anything Henman achieved.
Not since 1938 has this country provided a finalist which is why the great and the good are assembling like bees round a honey-pot. It’s always good to be close to success so surely a visit from Gordon Brown can’t be too distant.
But for now Murray is happy to roll along with his non-political allies. The not-so-young one sent him a letter of encouragement yesterday morning and beauty queen, Katharine Brown, was on hand to flutter her eye-lashes in her compatriot’s direction.
“She came to watch me at Queen’s,” Murray said. “Anytime one of your school friends comes to watch you it’s nice.
“My mum used to coach her a bit but I’ve never played tennis with her.”
Presumably not at the level Murray produced yesterday, however, as he simply demolished the Spaniard.
Indeed he was so superior it was difficult not to wonder whether his quarter final draw, against the world No 70, had been more favourable than on first appearance.
Going into the match all the talk was that the former world No 1 and French Open champion lacked the firepower to worry his opponent. That turned out to be just the case.
As it had been in his first three rounds, Murray’s serve was a non-negotiable. Game after game he thundered the ball past Ferrero who stood rooted to the spot.
Forty unreturned serves included, 18 aces, a couple delivered at 132mph.
Only once did the older man get anywhere near Murray’s delivery, in the first game of the second set when he produced his only two break points of the afternoon with a dipping cross court forehand on the run.
Ferrero consolidated the break with a hold but inevitably attention returned to his own, considerably slower, first shot.
That scrutiny produced ten break points for the No 3 seed, five of which he converted.
Under such strain it was inevitable Ferrero would buckle, although no one expected it to happen quite so spectacularly.
Particularly after such a tight first set, in which Murray conceded just four points on serve.
Ferrero was consistent, too, and it was not until the 12th game when the world No 3 fizzed a forehand from corner to corner that the door opened. Ferrero pushed it wider by producing his first double fault of the match on set point.
However, a partisan Centre Court crowd had to endure a minor blip at the start of the second stanza as Murray was forced to come back from 3-1 down.
Eager not to get sucked into a second minor classic, the Scot found what may go down as his best tennis of the tournament.
Sending down cannons and ripping winners off both wings he took 20 out of 21 points to win the set with a pair of aces. The third was just as one-sided. Two breaks and gave him the simple task of serving out a new chapter in his personal Wimbledon history.
Tomorrow he gets the chance to write a new chapter in British tennis history and it’ll be interesting to see who’s there to see him do it.