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Murray mania grips Britain ahead of Wimbledon final

Andy Murray could make tennis history today. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Murray mania will reach fever pitch today as the nation pins its hopes on the Scot becoming the first British men's Wimbledon singles champion in 76 years.

Andy Murray is hoping to join compatriot Jonny Marray in the history books after the 31-year-old became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's doubles in the same period of time yesterday.

The 25-year-old - the first Briton to reach the men's singles final in 74 years - is hoping to fill Fred Perry's shoes by lifting the winner's trophy.

Murray practiced at SW19 on Saturday with coach Ivan Lendl, hitting with fellow Brit Oli Golding in preparation for the final.

Roger Federer is looking to win his seventh Wimbledon title. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport
Lendl watches on as Murray practices on Saturday.

As he rested up ahead of the crunch game, his mum Judy Murray revealed she was presented with a good luck gift for her son as she lunched near his Surrey home.

She tweeted a picture of an Eton mess dessert at the Old Bear pub in Cobham, Surrey, later adding another picture of a silver tennis ball presented to her by jewellers Gordon Marks.

Judy Murray will be supporting her son from the players box inside Centre Court today. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain's Fed Cup captain, who regularly posts updates on Twitter, wrote: "Quiet lunch at pub in Cobham + got this gift from local jeweller Gordon Marks -Silver salt n pepper tennis ball!2 kind!"

She described the pudding as a "stress buster" and "athlete fodder".

The gift is a salt and pepper condiment set, shaped as a tennis ball, revealed Mark Reid, owner of the jewellers.

Murray leads Federer 8-7 in their overall head-to-head, but the Swiss has won their two grand slam final meetings. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Scot's mother is said to have told a barman at the pub that Murray is "feeling good".

Ben Bullman, assistant manager of the pub, just a few miles from Murray's house in Oxshott, reportedly said: "I asked how Andy was and she said: 'He's feeling good going into the match'."She looked happy and confident. She doesn't look worried."

Murray looks away as Federer lifts the 2010 Australian Open trophy, after beating the Scot in the final. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Murray said he needs to find the "perfect" performance against Federer, who is looking to equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles.

It will be the third time Murray and Federer have met in the finals of grand slams, with the Swiss triumphing at the US Open in 2008 and at Melbourne in 2010, both times in straight sets.

The Scott will be hoping to emulate Jonny Murray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen who took the men's doubles title, beating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.

It makes Marray the first Briton to win the event in 76 years - the same feat Andy Murray is hoping to achieve in his men's singles final.

Jonny Marray has raised British expectations after his win on Saturday. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Wimbledon wildcards Marray and his partner were presented with their trophies by the Duke of Kent on Centre Court.

Marray, 31, who previously revealed he had dreamt of playing on Centre Court since watching Tim Henman 11 years ago, said: "We can't believe it obviously. It's tough to sink in, I don't know what to say."

Of his history-making victory, he said: "What a great honour that is, people keep giving me these statistics, I just want to cherish every moment out there."

Serena Williams won her fifth women's Wimbledon title yesterday, beating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2 in the final.

The women were watched in the Royal Box by showbiz couple Michael Sheen and Rachel McAdams, as well as comedians Michael McIntyre, Paul Tonkinson and Miranda Hart.

Virginia Wade holds the Ladies' Singles Plate in 1977. Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Also in the box was British tennis star Virginia Wade, who lifted the trophy in 1977, and fellow former women's champions Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna.

An emotional Williams, who has made a comeback after suffering a series of setbacks, climbed into the players' box after the match to thank her family and friends.

Murray mania has swept across Britain. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around 17 million people are set to tune in to watch the men's final, with the All England club expected to be full to capacity. Famous faces due to attend include tennis fan the Duchess of Cambridge, who will be making her second visit to this year's championships.

The demand for tickets has soared, with online ticket marketplace Viagogo saying the average ticket sale price has jumped from £3-4,000 to an average of £5-6,000.

Fans queued overnight in the hope that they will watch their hero on Centre Court today. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The site saw a 395% surge in traffic overnight for searches for men's finals tickets after Murray booked himself a place in the final, and at one point a pair of tickets were listed on the site today for £32,000.

Murray has admitted he will be the underdog at Centre Court:

It's a great challenge, one where I'm probably not expected to win the match, but one that, if I play well, I'm capable of winning.

If you look at his (Federer's) record here over the past 10 years or so, it's been incredible. So the pressure that I would be feeling, if it was against somebody else, I guess it would be different. There will be less on me on Sunday because of who he is.

Federer is looking to tie Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles. Credit: Bob Martin/POOL Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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