Andy Murray will win Wimbledon one day.
That is the view of bookies William Hill, who offer 4-11 that he will do so in his career and 2-1 that he will retire without lifting the famous gold cup at the All England Club.
But his semi-final slayer, Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the singles title yesterday, poses the biggest ongoing threat to Surrey-based Murray lifting the crown.
Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “Federer has probably peaked and Andy will improve for the next few years.
“If he can keep out of Rafa's way and hope the Spaniard loses to someone else or retires, he should eventually win a Wimbledon title.
“Admittedly his unsuccessful efforts to do so have already won us millions so we may have a vested interest in his continuing effort to break the lengthy British duck.”
Hills make Murray 4-1 to win Wimbledon next year, but have lengthened his odds from 4-1 to 7-1 to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award this year.
Murray's defeat was bad news for William Hill punter Merfyn Griffiths from Denbighshire who backed the Scot to win a Wimbledon title in or before 2010 six years ago and stood to win £16,000 for a £100 stake if he did so.
And Hills, who have been betting on whether the term 'Murray Mount' will displace 'Henman Hill' before next season's Wimbledon, now offer 4-1 that it will do so, 1-7 that it will not.