The engrained fighting spirit which yielded three majors enabled Murray to hurdle the first round too, it “feels natural now, like it's instinctive” and the Scot is adamant his vast bank of experience in tight moments can prolong his Wimbledon comeback.
“I dealt with the pressure of the match really well until the end of the third set… I don't think there is many players that would have won that fourth set,” claimed the home talisman, twisting his undulating first round into a positive.
“Having just lost seven games in a row from 5-0 up on Centre Court, a lot of players would have capitulated there, and I did the opposite of that.
“The headlines of that you have choked, it's one of the worst defeats of your career is what you would have heard after that match had I lost, it’s not easy to turn that round. So I did well considering.”
The grit is there, his game showed flashes of past glories and the love of the sport still burns through. It seems it’s up to Murray what headlines are written this fortnight at the All England Club.