ANDY Murray was given a standing ovation as he walked out on to Centre Court today.
But the crowd were often strangely subdued during his victory over Fabrice Santoro.
A predictable cry of “Come on Tim” lifted the cool evening atmosphere, along with flashes of brilliance from both men and the final triumph.
But there was little sign of rampant Andymonium.
Even Henman Hill – still to be claimed as Murray Mount – was quieter than might have been expected.
Perhaps fans realised that Andy’s 35-year-old French opponent, although tricky, was not the greatest challenge he will face at Wimbledon 2008.
And maybe some are still learning to love the young Scot, who has lessons to learn about both public relations and choosing the right shots.
Fabrice was first into the press interview room.
Asked how far Andy could go in this tournament, he replied: “Nobody can answer this question – it’s impossible.”
Young Mr Murray was next in just a few minutes ago.
He confessed to being “a little bit nervy” in the first set but was pleased with his performance.
“I was excited to get out there. Once I settled into the match I think I played very well,” he said.
A fun match – but there’s more serious stuff ahead.
Wylie’s Wimbledon 2008