If a pattern holds, expect Andy Murray to win Wimbledon in 2011

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.

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