British number one Andy Murray defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the finals.
It is a do or die for Murray to rewrite Britain’s sports history in the finals of what was written 74 years ago by finally erasing the 1938 runner-up Bunny Austin from the record books.
This is the first time for Murray to reach the finals and took a step that no compatriot had managed in 11 attempts since 1938.
Murray will have a chance to win in the finals with Federer if he plays like he did in the opening two sets against Tsonga, when he was so dominant, remained focus and consistent.
British players have beaten big-name opponents on this court, but they have rarely done it in their favor with such fury.
In the semifinals, Tsonga was normally the man with the greater power and aggression but he was helpless in the face of Murray’s charged-up game. If the latter can do it some more in his clash with Federer in the finals, Murray would make history to be the first Britishman since the time of Fred Perry in 1936 to win the Wimbledon title.
On the other hand, Federer has a lot to gain in terms of record equalizing or breaking events reaching the finals and winning the title.
This year’s final will be Federer’s eighth, a grand slam era record if he gets past with Murray tomorrow.
Federer will equal the record of seven Wimbledon titles in the grand slam era jointly held by William Renshaw and Pete Sampras.