Getting there but still some way off, Andy Murray joined the Tennis Tears Club after his predictable defeat by Roger Federer in the Australian Open final.

The Scot was a clear second-best to the Swiss, whose dominance of the sport is admirable for his brilliance, but way beyond boring. “I can cry like Roger; it’s just a shame I can’t play like him,” he sniffed, ensuring there wouldn’t be a dry eye in Dunblane.

The inevitable ‘Murray Mania’ will be about the most interesting aspect of Wimbledon 2010 – and I didn’t think I’d ever hear myself say that. Indeed, I wouldn’t begrudge the Brits if Andy’s next weep was one of joy.