Andy Murray ended a 74-year drought on Friday afternoon when he became the first British man to advance to the Wimbledon finals since Bunny Austin in 1938. The Scot defeated Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to advance to Sunday's final where he will face Roger Federer.
Murray came out on fire on Friday, quickly breaking the Frenchman Tsonga and taking the first two sets. Tsonga did not give in, however, bouncing back to take the third set. It appeared Murray would walk in the fourth but Tsonga once again dug deep and, down a break, evened things up at 3-3. But despite some tense moments in the fourth set, the fans would get their wish as Murray finished things off 7-5. The match point was initially ruled wide but was overturned upon review -- prompting the crowd to resume their celebration of what they thought was the winner from the moment it landed.
While he ended one drought, Murray will have his hands full as he tries to become the first Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The man he will face, Roger Federer, is considered the greatest grass court player of all time and is making his record eighth appearance in the Wimbledon final. Murray is 0-3 in his three appearances in major finals, but he is a 8-7 all time against Federer (with all 15 matches coming on the hard court).
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