Andy Murray has become the first British player in 74 years to reach the Wimbledon final. He beat France’s charismatic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets, in a match which lasted 2 hours and 47 minutes. Bunny Austin reached the final in 1938, but was beaten by Don Budge of America.

Today’s match was not without incident. Tsonga was doubled over at one point after being hit in the groin, whilst Murray took a flying tumble later on in the encounter. In the end however, it was a comfortable win for the Scot. He took the first set in a little over half-an-hour and the second in just a few minutes more. His unforced error count was low, but his ace count was high and his serving statistics were very impressive.

Tsonga began to fight back and took the third set, but a determined Murray overpowered him in the fourth and took the match. The final score was 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Roger Federer will be Murray’s opponent in the final and the Swiss, who has made history by becoming the first player to reach eight SW19 finals, will be more determined than ever. He will be chasing his seventh Wimbledon win and will prove a very tough opponent indeed, having beaten Murray convincingly in two of his three Grand Slam finals to date.

Murray will bid to become the first British winner of Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. See if he or Roger Federer makes Wimbledon history on Sunday.

James Muir

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