Murray proves his mettle
Defeating David Ferrer in four tough sets was undoubtedly one of Andy Murray's best Grand Slam victories.
Far from perfect, indeed at times he looked severely out of touch, but a pressure-point performance to beat an inspired top-10 opponent and show his major mettle.
He was on the edge of despair when set point down in the second and, much later - in the game after being stunned by two unbelievable Ferrer volleys - he was two points away from losing the fourth and going all the way against one of the toughest guys on tour.
To save set point with an ace - albeit having forgotten the score - and then to play two magnificent tie-breaks shows he is made for occasions like this.
These were big moments with Ferrer at his resilient, soul destroying best. But I always felt Murray had the greater capacity for improvement - the old cliche of moving through the gears.
Ferrer was flat out from game one, Murray made a slow start but by the end was in full flow having changed tactics impressively.
It had a similar feel to last year's semi-final when, having lost the first set to Marin Cilic, Murray had to look at his own game and adapt.This is what we love about tennis; not just the power and the skill, but one man's ability to think for himself and work his way out of a hole under extreme pressure.
Murray did that by shortening the points (how many more 40-point rallies could you take, watching at home?) and stepping into the court and up to the net.
Plan B - appropriately enough because the singer is in town at the moment - is a very effective option for Murray. It saved him a year ago, it saved him here. A quite brilliant victory.
So now the in-form Novak Djokovic in the final and the head says that the number three seed from Serbia should start a reasonable favourite. His dismantling of Roger Federer in the semis was brutal and systematic.
If he plays as well as that again Murray could be in a lot of trouble. But, as always, it's impossible to judge Murray's ability to win one match based on his last. He changes moods, changes styles, depending on the opponent.
He will bring a specific tactic to the court against Djokovic and will have to do everything really well. The serve will be vital as Djokovic has been rallying so deep and so consistently.
The head-to-head means little - given the scale of the occasion and the fact their last meeting was almost two years ago - but I'm encouraged by the fact Murray's last two wins were in big matches (Masters Series finals in Miami and Cincinnati).
If he raises his game for the final push then the moment, the magical moment we dream about but almost dare not mention at this late stage, could be much closer than we think.
Good luck Andy, make that moment yours