Andy Murray will not be feeling the pressure of a ticking clock when he takes to the court for his opening match at his seventh Wimbledon.
The Scot's bid to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a grand slam singles title has become one of the nation's biggest sporting sagas, but optimism appears to be waning in some quarters.
Murray is now 25, no longer one of tennis' young guns, but Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal appear more invincible than ever at the major tournaments, sharing the last nine slams between them.
Then there is Roger Federer, still hungry for more titles to add to his record tally of 16, while the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro are closing on Murray.
Only four players older than the world number four have become first-time slam champions since 2000 - Gaston Gaudio and Albert Costa at the French Open, Thomas Johansson in Australia and most famously Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001 at the age of 29.
But Murray believes the trend in tennis is towards players reaching their peak later, and he sees no reason why he cannot be the same.
He said: "I just play, and I also think tennis has changed a lot. I know a lot about the history of the game and it has completely changed.
"When I first made it into the top 10 there was me, Djokovic, Nadal, who were all 18 or 19 years old.
"Now there are maybe two or three guys under 20 in the top 100. The average age of the top players is much, much older than it used to be because the game has become much more physical.
"It has changed a lot so whereas before guys were playing their best tennis when they were younger, I think it is starting to happen now that guys are playing their best when they're older."
The lack of teenagers making the same breakthrough Murray, Nadal and Djokovic did has been a big talking point in the game, but the next generation are finally making their mark.
Bernard Tomic, the only teenager in the top 100, reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year and is seeded 20th this time while big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov are two to watch out for at SW19.
Murray thinks it will be a while before anyone breaks out of the pack to challenge for the biggest prizes, though, saying: "I don't see anyone breaking through and winning the title out of nowhere.
"Last year Tomic made the quarter-finals but he is already a very good player. He is in the top 30 in the world. There are a lot of tough, tough guys out there."
Raonic is one of several dangerous outsiders lurking in Murray's section of the draw, and if the Scot is to at least match his achievement of the last three years in making the semi-finals, he is likely to get a lot of practice at returning big serves.
The Canadian is a potential fourth-round opponent, and before then Murray could already have played 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic and 6ft 8in Kevin Anderson.
Queen's champion Marin Cilic is another possible opponent, as is former US Open champion Del Potro, who Murray could face in the quarter-finals.
The world number four said ahead of his first-round match against Nikolay Davydenko: "It's always a tough match when you play against big servers.
"I've had a good record against them in the past but it can be quite mentally challenging playing against them because you can't really lose focus on your own serve, even if it's just for a few points.
"It can be tough to break them. Big servers usually play better when they're ahead, as well. But it would be stupid for me to look past Davydenko. Although I'm sure many people will, I won't be making that mistake."