ANDY MURRAY faces a battle against the weather and is braced for another "cup final" tonight as he takes on Marin Cilic of Croatia for a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Scot plays under the elements on the uncovered Court One with heavy rain forecast. He could have to play the waiting game against the 23-year-old world No.18, a far cry from his exploits of Saturday night.
The 25-year-old Scot battled through to today's tie in a sensational match under the roof on Centre Court with Murray just finishing the fight against Marcos Baghdatis after 11pm.
Wimbledon are unlikely to be fined for the late finish that breaches an understanding with the local authority. It is understood the All England Club is allowed a discretionary couple of minutes after the deadline.
But the world No.4 from Dunblane said he would have dug into any pockets to pay the fine because he reckons he got a result by the match being played to a finish.
"I was just glad I am through and can now prepare for Cilic," he said.
Murray's Saturday night live performance attracted more than eight million viewers on BBC and enthralled a raucous Centre Court crowd.
He said: "When the roof comes on everyone gets really excited. The atmosphere changes for sure. None of the noise gets lost, it stays in the stadium. And because it's something different people get really into it.
"With it getting close to 11pm, people have probably had a few drinks as well and they get into it even more. The atmosphere at the end was incredible. But I hope it stays dry as Wimbledon is an outdoor event."
His hopes on that front seem destined to be disappointed. Rain is forecast for Wimbledon all week and it will almost certainly delay his match tonight against Cilic.
Murray, though, can hardly wait to take to the court.
"I guess every game will feel like a cup final now," he said.
"We played each other growing up in the juniors, I have known him for a long time. He had some knee surgery but has come back well.
"There's nothing I'm too worried about. I've got a few bumps and bruises. I fell quite a lot more than I normally do on the grass. I put a new pair of shoes on when the break came with the roof and I moved better after that."
Murray was watched by his usual team on Saturday, with mum Judy back in his corner after spending the rest of the day in the Royal Box.
The Fed Cup captain was accompanied by her mother Shirley Erskine, and Murray said: "I saw mum beforehand.
"I don't normally see her out of a tracksuit so I think she was a little bit nervous about the outfit. I thought she looked nice."
Ivan Lendl, Murray's coach, is delighted his player has beaten three tough opponents to keep his hopes alive.
"You are always happy when you're still in the tournament," he said.
"If you get into the second week you have got a chance, otherwise you are off fishing or golfing or whatever you want to do."
Cilic won a five-hour marathon against Sam Querrey of the USA on Saturday and Murray hopes to be the fresher player.
The Croat said of the match: "I know how much it means to him, but also means a lot to me. I approach these challenges in a positive way and will try to deal with it in the best possible way.
"If I do what I'm planing to do in the match, I can win."
It is not just the heavens that plan to rain on Murray's parade.