Andy Murray Becomes First Brit in 74 Years to Reach Wimbledon Final
World No. 4 Andy Murray survived a stiff challenge from World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeating the Frenchman, 6‑3, 6‑4, 3‑6, 7‑5, to become the first British man in 74 years to reach the Wimbledon singles final.
“There is obviously a lot of pressure and stress around this time of year,” Murray said. “I don’t feel it like when I’m on the practice court or when I’m just kind of walking around. I try not to think about that stuff. But in the back of my mind it’s obviously there.”
Tsonga hit 47 winners to Murray’s 40, but he also greatly outpaced Murray in unforced errors, hitting 42 to Murray’s 12.
“For me it was a good moment,” Tsonga said. “Even in the loss I’m still proud of what I did. Even if I did some mistake and I was not good every time, I fight. At the end of this match I will say, ‘Okay, I lost it, but I did my best.’ Maybe next time I will have a chance and maybe I will go through.”
Murray is the first Brit since Bunny Austin in 1938 to make the Wimbledon final, and should he prevails on Sunday, would be the first since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men’s singles title.
He will face World No. 3 Roger Federer, who is aiming for his seventh Wimbledon title.
“[Federer's] very, very tough to beat here,” Murray said. “It’s a great challenge, one where I’m probably not expected to win the match, but one that if I play well, I’m capable of winning. If you look at his record here over the past 10 years or so, it’s been incredible, so the pressure that I would be feeling if it was against somebody else I guess it would be different. There will be less on me on Sunday because of who he is.”