Support from the acclaimed Tim Henman was bound to bring a whole new level of confidence to Murray’s game against Tsonga in the Men’s Semi-Finals at Wimbledon.
Henman said: “I have really enjoyed watching these scenarios unfold, having been through this process myself. I do think he is better equipped to go further, because he is a better player than I ever was.”
Murray had total command of the court in the first two sets, but as Tsonga raised his game in the third set, Murray was caught “coasting”. The fourth set was an evenly matched battle, with the possible result going either way. Tsonga served with infinite force and skill, but was no match for Murray who, in his own words, “managed to hang tough”.
And for the first time since Bunny Austin in 1938, Britain has a men’s finalist, thanks to Andy Murray.
Murray 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Tsonga
After Britain’s 74-year semi-final jinx, the wave of enthusiasm that has stretched across the country, known as Murraymania, has bred from the hope that a Briton will win the Wimbledon men’s finals.
As this is Murray’s fourth Grand Slam Final, faith is rightfully placed in the man who has the ability to bring Britain back into the Wimbledon spotlight.