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Andy Murray heads to 1st Wimbledon final; will face Roger Federer

Andy Murray became the first British man to reach the Wimbledon men's final since 1938 on Friday, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He will face Roger Federer in the finals.

July 06, 2012|By Diane Pucin
  • Britain's Andy Murray celebrates his semifinal victory over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon on Friday.
Britain's Andy Murray celebrates his semifinal victory over France's… (Glyn Kirk / Getty Images )

WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Murray became the first British man to reach the Wimbledon men's final since 1938 on Friday, thrilling a nervously anticipatory crowd on Centre Court with his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win over fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 25-year-old Murray, who is seeded fourth,  won the final point with a sizzling forehand service return that skidded off the line, just good enough it turned out. It had been called wide and video replay was needed to determine that, indeed, the shot was good. There was almost silence for a split second until the winner was confirmed for everyone to see.

After Murray congratulated Tsonga, Murray went to his chair and cried, so intense were his emotions.

"I feel a bit of relief, excitement, it's tough to explain because it was such a close match," Murray said. "Both of us had chances."

Murray will play six-time Wimbledon winner and 16-time Grand Slam title winner Roger Federer on Sunday in the finals. No British man has won this tournament since Fred Perry in 1936.  This is Murray's fourth major tournament final. He's lost twice in the Australian Open finals and once at the U.S. Open.

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