Although it was a disappointing day for Andy Murray and British tennis fans alike, there's hope on the horizon. If Murray's pattern of Wimbledon exits holds true to form over his next two appearances in the tournament, he'd be hoisting the winner's trophy in 2011.
The No. 3 seed, who lost a four-set thriller to Andy Roddick today, has appeared at Wimbledon four times and has advanced one round farther every year.
2005 -- 3rd round -- L v. David Nalbandian
2006 -- 4th round -- L v. Marcos Baghdatis
2008 -- Quarterfinal -- L v. Rafael Nadal
2009 -- Semifinal -- L v. Andy Roddick
Assuming this linear progression, Murray is due to lose in the finals next year. The year after that: Victory! (I got a B+ in statistics in college, so I'm pretty sure this is binding mathematics.)
In 2012, I'm not sure what happens. Maybe he loses in the first round or maybe he wins the women's tournament too.