Murray making Wimbledon history
Jul 07 2012
Andy Murray stands on the brink of making history after becoming the first British man to reach a Wimbledon final in 74 years.
The British number one will take on six-time champion Roger Federer on Sunday, after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Murray is the first British man in a Wimbledon final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938 - and is hoping to become the first to lift the trophy since Fred Perry 76 years ago.
In a dramatic finale to the Centre Court nailbiter, Murray challenged the final point which was called out, and was found to be right, taking the fourth set to win the match. Centre Court roared while crowds of fans on Murray Mount broke into screams and cheers.
A tearful Murray hugged Tsonga after the match and paused after his now-trademark "fingers-in-the-air" gesture, looking at the sky. His friends and family were visibly emotional, with girlfriend Kim Sears crying after the 25-year-old powered to victory.
The Scot, who said Sunday will be "one of the biggest matches of my life" said he is looking forward to playing one of the "greatest players ever to have played". The 25-year-old said he has no plans to celebrate this evening, but would "go back home, have a nice meal with my girlfriend, and then just enjoy it with her and the dogs."
He paid tribute to the crowd, saying: "I'm going to need all their help on Sunday because it's a massive challenge to win against Roger, you know, in the final of a slam, at Wimbledon. They've helped me out through some tough moments the last couple of matches, and I'll definitely need it again on Sunday."
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