While fans of Andy Murray took to the internet to protest about the continuation of his match on a rain-affected Court 1, Murray took the British weather in his stride, and despatched Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
Yesterday, as the match was suspended, Murray had the momentum as Cilic may have been suffering the effects of his epic five-setter against Sam Querrey.
With another day to recover, it was reasonable to worry that the big-hitting Croat would present Andy with issues on the resumption of play today.
The weather gods have not been kind to Britain’s big hope, and the fans’ view is that the schedulers have been even less so.
For someone who started his tennis career with a prickly mistrust of the media, it is a measure of his maturity that Murray was quick to play the scheduling decisions down.
“It’s not a bad thing playing on the outside court.
It’s just when the conditions are bad it’s not ideal to be out there because matches can last for two, three days, and then you get a backlog. ”
“I mean, I don’t think just because you’re from that country you should necessarily get preferential treatment, but I hope that I play my next few matches on Centre.”
Into the quarterfinals and with the weather remaining unsettled, it is hoped that Murray has played his outside court dues.
Murray’s serving did not desert him today as he sought to get the job done.
Next up is Spain’s David Ferrer, who put Murray out of the French Open, but he was quick to point out that Ferrer should not just be considered as a clay court specialist.
“He won last week on grass, so he’s won, what, eight matches in a row on the grass.
“He’s been in the semifinals of Australia, I think semifinals of US Open, as well, and now he’s starting to play better on grass.
“I don’t see him as a clay court specialist at all.”
Both players are strong returners but Murray felt he may have the edge on Ferrer in terms of his serving speed.
“In all matches going on the grass courts, you want to try and win free points from your serve if possible.”
Questions inevitably drifted, like the clouds, back to the scheduling, and the prospect of potentially playing three games in four days.
Murray said: “It’s not just me.Â There’s lots of guys in exactly the same position.
“The more rest you can get the better, but it’s part of playing Grand Slam tennis.
“Often it’s happened to me in the past at the US Open where there’s been like a backlog of matches.
“It’s not going to be the only time it happens here either.”
British hopes are mounting, but the world number 4 will be playing the world number 5, who Murray feels may well be playing the best tennis of his career.
“We’ll see tomorrow whether [his defeat to Ferrer at the French Open] has relevance or not.” Tennis changes on a weekly basis.
“I just need to make sure I play well tomorrow and see what the outcome is.”
There seems a sense of quiet calm about Murray this year.Â You might almost sense Lendl’s influence in Murrayâ€™s thoughts about playing Grand Slam tennis.
This match up deserves every opportunity to take Centre stage, purely on the caliber of their rankings, if not for British hopes?
Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.