ANDY MURRAY fanned the hopes of an entire nation looking to see one of its sons rule the Wimbledon Championships again after 76 long years.
Standing in the way is Swiss master Roger Federer, who has won six times at the All England Club but hasn't lifted a Grand Slam trophy in over two years.
The fourth-seeded Murray, hoping to deliver for the home crowd and become the first British man to lift a Grand Slam trophy since Fred Perry in 1936 (Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships), disposed of No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Federer beat defending champion and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, getting a chance at the title once again after quarterfinal losses the past two years. The 30-year-old Federer booked his eighth final and is eyeing his seventh Wimbledon victory.
After bowing out in the semifinals in the last three years, 25-year-old Murray finally did one better and becomes the first home bet since Bunny Austin in 1938 to play in a Wimbledon title match.
Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement that it was "great news."
"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."
In front of Murray is a man who has won at the All England Club six times. Federer is looking to add to his 16 Grand Slam trophies while trying to match Pete Sampras’ seven Wimbledon titles.
It was in the 2010 Australian Open final that Federer won his last Grand Slam title, against Murray. The British player was also runner-up to Federer in the 2008 US Open and to Djokovic in last year's Australian Open.
The two have met 15 times, all on hardcourts, with Murray winning eight.