Sir Andy Murray gave two of his fans the night of their lives on Centre Court as he thanked them for powering him to a dramatic five-set second-round triumph at Wimbledon.
Murray singled out a group of fans in the bottom row for helping him keep the faith after he dropped two sets to set up a nail-biting finale.
During the match, Murray could be seen shouting at the group as he tried to pump himself up inside a rocking Centre Court.
After his win, he walked over to thank two of them – handing Justin Rodrigues, 33, a South African accountant in a Scotland rugby shirt, his own playing jersey for the match.
He also gave Rodrigues’s friend, Glenn Chambers, his umbrella. After The Telegraph tracked them down, Rodrigues, who has Scottish heritage through his mother, said the bond with his hero had been formed midway through the match.
“I think we just connected the whole match,” he said, explaining how Murray regularly made eye contact with him. “I was just shouting at him ‘Come on, Andy’, ‘Come on, Andy’, and we just connected.
Justin Rodrigues said it was one of the best nights of his life
“I had a Scottish rugby jersey on and he saw that. Me and my friend (Glenn) were just eyeballing him. It was only probably from the third set onwards, but from there onwards, he was just looking at us.
“After the game he came and gave me the shirt and he gave my friend the umbrella and he just said ‘thanks’. It’s the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
“My mother is the biggest Andy Murray fan in the whole world. She’s Scottish, and she absolutely adores him and I adore him as well, but not nearly as much as my mother, but a close second.”
Rodrigues said his Scotland rugby shirt caught Murray's eye
Rodrigues, who moved to nearby Earlsfield with his wife five years ago, said it had been one of the best nights of his life.
“We just managed to get through the All England club online,” he added. “It was luck of the draw – we managed to roll the dice. It was amazing. I’ve shed tears with Murray over the years, when he won his Wimbledon, when he won his gold medal – I’m just the biggest fan.”
Friend Glenn added: “Andy just picked up a few people in the crowd and he just fed off the energy.”