Murray set for Wimbledon showdown

Andy Murray was visibly emotional after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final

Andy Murray was visibly emotional after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final

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Andy Murray has been practising for a "perfect" performance in his historic Wimbledon final against six-time champion Roger Federer.

The Scot was at SW19's Aorangi Park practice courts with coach Ivan Lendl, hitting with compatriot Oli Golding in preparation for Sunday's final.

And while he prepared for the match of his life, Serena Williams won her fifth women's Wimbledon title, beating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2 in the women's final.

Murray is preparing to battle to become the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title for 76 years.

The 25-year-old has admitted he will be the underdog at Centre Court, saying: "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 (Federer's) 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."

Murray has said he needs to find the "perfect" performance against Federer, who is looking to equal Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles.

It will be the third time Murray and Federer have met in the finals of grand slams, with the Swiss triumphing at the US Open in 2008 and at Melbourne in 2010, both times in straight sets.

Murray said: "My coaches will watch his matches this week and some stuff from when I have played him before. I try not to watch before I play against him. I've seen some of his matches this week.

"I've learned from those matches that I lost against him in the past. But if you go too much into detail of things that happened in the past, it's not always beneficial, because in tennis every day is different. So I just need to try to make sure I play a perfect match on Sunday."


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