Murray prepares for 76-year record

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 is preparing himself for the biggest match of his life as he bids to become the first man to win a Wimbledon title for 76 years.

The Scot will be recovering from Friday's dramatic semi-final, in which he overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to stand on the brink of making history.

Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska are set to battle it out first, however, as they contest the women's singles trophy on Centre Court later.

Radwanska, 23, has had a minor health scare, pulling out of her pre-Wimbledon final press conference due to illness, but is expected to have recovered for the match.

Murray became the first Brit to book a place in the final since Henry "Bunny" Austin 74 years ago with his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over Tsonga. He is now hoping to become the first to lift the trophy since Fred Perry 76 years ago when he takes on six-time champion Roger Federer in the final.

Federer, who is aiming to beat Pete Sampras's Wimbledon record of seven wins, said he is looking forward to playing the "local hero".

Murray, who was clearly emotional after clinching victory against Tsonga, said there were no plans for any celebrations, just a quiet dinner with girlfriend Kim Sears, who shed a tear when he won, and their dogs Maggie May and Rusty.

The Scot said Sunday will bring "one of the biggest matches of my life" and is looking forward to playing one of the "greatest players ever to have played". "It's a great challenge, one where I'm probably not expected to win the match, but one that, you know, if I play well, I'm capable of winning."

A St James's Palace spokesman said last night that the Duchess of Cambridge would be in the Royal Box to watch the match.

Congratulations poured in for Murray, including from Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, who are both set to attend the final. Mr Cameron said: "I'll be watching the final on Sunday and, like the rest of the country, will be getting right behind Andy Murray - I wish him the best of luck."

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