Andy Murray is the first UK male to reach the final of the Wimbledon men's single tournament in 74 years and he made it there after a four-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Centre Court on Friday. He will play six-time champion Roger Federer in a dream final on Sunday. Incidentally, Murray is the first British man in a Wimbledon final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938.
The fourth seed beat Frenchman and fifth seed Tsogna 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to book himself a place in the decider and make history but the 25 year old has stated the job has not yet been completed and he wants to go one better on Sunday.
"It's not the end of the tournament yet. I spoke to Ivan (Lendl, his coach) after the match and it was, 'Good job, you did really well. What time do you want to practise tomorrow?' That's it, there is no time for anything else. I'll just enjoy this evening, go back home and have a nice meal with my girlfriend and play with our two dogs. I won't be celebrating, the time for that stuff comes when I am done," the Daily Mail quoted the Scot as saying.
Meanwhile, the semi final came to a dramatic finish. The final point was challenged and Murray was ruled correct. The decision gave him the fourth set and the match. As ever, the victor pointed to the skies, in a clearly emotional moment, but once again refused to explain the symbolism of the action.
The fourth seed got off to a terrific start against the Frenchman and broke serve early. He then produced some devastating shots from the baseline to take the first set 6-3. Murray took his fine touch into the second and Tsonga had little response to a host of crisp winners from the Brit, who won it 6-4.
However, early in the third set, the fifth seed broke Murray to take a 3-0 lead. He was then able to see out the set 6-3 and put some pressure on the Scot. Murray seemed to bounce back, as he took what looked like a decisive service break in the fourth set but Tsonga dug deep to break back. Murray then had two break points at 4-4 but the Frenchman served impeccably and held on. Tsonga then squandered two break points himself as Murray took a 5-4 lead.
A tense 10th game was eventually won by Tsonga before Murray held his serve to go 6-5. With a tie-breaker looming large, the match ended in dramatic circumstances as a challenge from Murray saw his shot fall on the line to earn the break and the final set 7-5.
Murray faces Federer in the crunch clash on Sunday after the Swiss master beat defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the semi final to reach a record eighth Wimbledon final. While Federer will look for his record equalling seventh title at the All England Club on Sunday, Murray aims for Britain's first crown in 76 years.
"It will be one of the biggest matches of my life. I've had experience with Roger in finals of Slams before, and to use that to my advantage and learn from my mistakes and also the things he did well - it's going to be a very tough match. He's playing great tennis as always. Yeah, I'm very excited," ESPN quoted Murray as saying.
Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Murray on the historic victory.
"It is great news that we have our first home-grown men's finalist at Wimbledon for over 70 years, especially in this exciting Olympics year when the eyes of the world are on the UK. I'll be watching the final on Sunday and like the rest of the country, will be getting right behind Andy Murray - I wish him the best of luck," Cameron said in a statement.
Murray's win came after Jonny Marray became the first Briton to reach the men's doubles final at Wimbledon in 52 years. Marray and Denmark's Freddie Nielsen overcame defending champions Mike and Bob Bryan to reach the final.