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Murray prepares to end Britain's 76 years of Wimbledon pain

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

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

Andy Murray is one win away from his first grand slam title Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

On Friday, 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 Jo-Wilfried 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, last night said there were no plans for any celebrations, just a quiet dinner with girlfriend Kim Sears, who cried as he won yesterday, and their dogs Maggie May and Rusty.

Murray can't contain his emotions after reaching his first Wimbledon final. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Scot said Sunday will be "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.

Murray overall holds a 8-7 winning head-to-head against Federer. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He also appealed to the crowd for their help tomorrow, saying: "They've helped me out through some tough moments the last couple of matches, and I'll definitely need it again on Sunday."

On Saturday, Murray had a pre-final practice session at SW19 with his coach Ivan Lendl.

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

He said: "The Duchess is planning on attending but the Duke cannot because of a prior, private commitment."

The Duchess of Cambridge will watch Murray from the Royal Box again on Sunday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond paid tribute to Murray. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr Salmond added: "The whole of Scotland will be right behind Andy on Sunday, and I'll be there in person to help cheer him on."

There had been speculation the Queen would attend but a Buckingham Palace spokesman said she will not as she has "long standing private arrangements" this weekend following a full week of engagements in Scotland.

Federer, a six-times Wimbledon champion, is the bookies favourite ahead of the match. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Bunny Austin's son John, 66, has also revealed he is rooting for the Scot.

"We've been waiting for someone to equal my father's record for many years and I think this could be the year. We're all quite excited."

If Murray takes the title tomorrow bookmakers William Hill are predicting the industry will pay out around £5 million.

He is at 13/8 to lift the trophy, with Federer the favourite at 4/9.

Fellow Brit Jonny Marray will be playing in his own final today in the men's doubles final.He became the first Briton to reach the final in 52 years after he and Freddie Nielsen beat American brothers and defending champions Mike and Bob Bryan.

Jonathan Marray serves in his mens doubles semi final match Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

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