Andy Murray has tonight become first British man to play in a Wimbledon final since 1936. Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to become the first British player in 74 years to play in the final at Wimbledon and will face Roger Federer on Sunday. Murray sealed his Centre Court victory with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 set win. If 25-year-old Murray beats Roger Federer in Sunday’s final, he’ll not only win his first grand slam title at his fourth attempt, but he will become the first British player to lift the men’s singles trophy at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray was favourite all along to beat Tsonga, as from the last six meetings he had beaten him five times previously. However, Tsonga had been steadily improving his game and even managed to beat Federer at Wimbledon last year, in a tense play off when he was two sets down.
Murray began playing in a confident and aggressive manner, winning the first two sets fairly easily. However, Tsonga started to find his form and came back at Murray winning the third set with hardly any errors. Murray forged ahead in the fourth set with a superb performance, seeing him play some stunning shots against the Frenchman. With Murray making the first move, he secured a break against serve of 3-1 lead and it looked like it was nearing the end, with Murray reaching the final. Tsonga was not finished however and won back his serve break immediately.
A poor line call on Murray’s first big serve could have frustrated the old player in him but his opponent made a couple of errors and he was back in the game. With the pressure on for Tsonga at 6-5 behind, Murray then had two match points when the Frenchman netted a volley. The crowd went mad inside Centre Court but the ball was called out. Thankfully HawkEye showed it to be in and Murray fell to his knees in thanks and relief.
The game really belonged to Murray as the statistics showed he hit in the first two sets – 21 winners and made only four unforced errors. In fact, the only time his game dropped a tad was in the third set when Tsonga managed to claw a set back from him.
As for Sunday’s final against Federer, Murray appears to play better tennis in short, sharp bursts of brilliance. If he can take out Federer early on, he may have a chance. The Swiss player, however, will be on great form the moment he steps onto Centre Court and Murray will have to be able to match that, or he will remain the first British player to get to the final of Wimbledon, not win it. One thing Murray will have on his side is the British public, who will be cheering for him, although Federer is likely to have fans there as well, none will be louder than Murray’s on the day.