In a tournament which has produced so many shocks perhaps the only surprise is that it took Andy Murray so long to put his legions of fans through the mill.
As Britain paused, skipped its afternoon tea and instead munched nonchalantly on strawberries and cream, Murray threatened to sour an afternoon which had promised so much.
The stage was set -- gone were the usual suspects. There was no Roger Federer, no Rafael Nadal. This was Murray's moment.
But somebody forgot to tell Fernando Verdasco - the man who had the audacity to threaten the home favorite's apparently seamless stroll to the final.
Two sets down and staring elimination in the face, Murray produced when it mattered.
The World No.2 rallied in heroic fashion to win 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 and seal his place in the semifinal of Wimbledon for the fifth time in his career.
"There's been a lot of matches where I've been behind and managed to turn it round," Murray told the BBC.
"I don't know if it is the most emotional match, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere and great to get through.
"Fernando served unbelievably well especially when he was behind. In the first set he played some really good stuff, in the second set my level dropped and I started rushing a bit.
"i managed to turn it around. I made some poor choices. He's a very, very good player he's been at the top of the game before and he's playing well again.
"I started to play more solid and really took my time when I had the chance."
Last year, Murray stood on the Centre Court at Wimbledon and captured the hearts of a nation as he cried through a speech just minutes after his final defeat by Federer.
Weeks later, he exorcised that ghost, defeating Federer on the same court to win Olympic gold and give himself the perfect preparation going into the U.S. Open.
Murray's heroic victory over Novak Djokovic in New York ended Britain's 76-year wait for a grand slam champion as he finally equaled the achievements of Fred Perry.
Defeat in the final of the Australian Open deprived him of a second slam, while injury prevented him from competing at Roland Garros.
Not since Perry triumphed in 1936 has the home crowd saluted one of its own -- but Verdasco appeared disinterested by such sentiment.
The Spaniard, currently the ninth best player in his own country, had never made it past the fourth round of Wimbledon before this year.
Ranked 54 in the world, the left-hander was supposed to merely turn up and succumb to the inevitable.
But this Wimbledon tournament has refused to conform with normality -- Nadal, Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will tell you that.
Instead, it was Verdasco who took the contest to Murray, swinging with his prodigious forehand which left the Briton chasing hopelessly across court.
The 29-year-old took the opening set 6-4 to leave Murray cursing his luck and silence a partisan crowd.
While the vocal support roared Murray back to the baseline, it was Verdasco who was making all the noise.
Once again he left Murray questioning his game as he hit winner after winner to claim the second set 6-3 and leave his opponent teetering on the edge.