'Hero? Me? It's OTT. I haven't won anything'

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He had prepared for his Wimbledon debut with the unlikely combination of his mum's home-cooked breakfast and a blast of Black Eyed Peas on his iPod.

He had prepared for his Wimbledon debut with the unlikely combination of his mum's home-cooked breakfast and a blast of Black Eyed Peas on his iPod.

But the Scottish teenager Andrew Murray managed the impressive feat of upstaging both a Tim Henman five-set rollercoaster ride and the appearance on centre court of the world's most glamorous tennis star.

The 18-year-old from Dunblane won in straight sets against his Swiss opponent, George Bastl, the man remembered at this event for beating Pete Sampras three years ago in what proved to be the American's Wimbledon curtain call.

Already there is talk of Henman Hill being re-named Mount Murray, but that has not fazed the player who says he has not "done anything" but win the junior version of the US Masters and reached the last 16 of Queen's a fortnight ago.

Asked how he felt about being touted as the man to end the barren years for British men's tennis, he said: "It's little bit over the top because I still haven't really done anything. Everybody's making out as if I've pretty much won Wimbledon. I don't go on court expecting to lose, but I don't feel so much pressure because the guys I'm playing against now are much better than me. If I lose, OK, I lost to a better player and I've learnt something."

His mother, Judy, who has complained that she has not seen enough of her son while he trains in Barcelona, was court-side to witness the win with her younger son. A Scottish national coach, she said she was "delighted" by Andrew's success.

Meanwhile the longstanding holder of the "Great British Hope" title, Tim Henman, was threatening to send his fans home in despair as he dropped the first two sets to an unseeded Finn, Jarkko Niemenen, who has not played on a grass court for two years. The Finn, seven years younger than his opponent, gave him the run around. But, at 30, Henman survived in what is widely considered his last chance of claiming the title.

Maria Sharapova, the 18-year-old Russian, made light work of eliminating her Spanish opponent Nuria Llagostera Vives in straight sets. The post-match press conference was to prove more troublesome as Ms Sharapova could barely conceal her anger when asked about her grunting. It had been measured by a newspaper reporter with a concealed hand-held decibel meter at a record 101 decibels - 20 points louder than the Williams sisters.

"You always ask me the same questions," she replied. "I've told you already that I don't pay attention to that and I probably never will."

From Dunblane to SW19

* Born in Dunblane, Scotland, on 15 May 1987, Andrew Murray made his debut in the main draw at a grand slam event as one of six British men given a Wimbledon wild card.

* Was a pupil at Dunblane Primary School when the gunman Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children in 1996.

* This is his sixth professional event on grass, all entered as a wild card.

* He was US Open junior champion last year.

* At Queens two weeks ago, he reached the last 16.

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