Andy Murray now has the hopes of an entire country on his back. In the men's semifinals on Friday afternoon, he earned a hard-fought victory over No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. He becomes the first British male to reach the finals since 1938 and hopes to be the first countryman to win the championship since Fred Perry in 1936.
There have been two British females that have won the Wimbledon championship in the Open Era, Ann Haydon Jones in 1969 and Virginia Wade in 1977.
If Murray is going to win his first grand slam championship, he has a stiff challenge in six-time Wimbledon men's champion Roger Federer, who defeated top seed Novak Djokovic in four sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Murray has lost twice to Federer in grand slam championships, at the 2008 US Open and at the 2010 Australian Open.
The men's final match will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 9 a.m. eastern time.