Brits Hail Murray as Hero, at Least until Sunday
Andy Murray is in the finals at Wimbledon. He has succeeded in making millions change their plans for the weekend. Murray surprised everyone in Britain and many around the world by winning his semifinal match, since he has lost at that stage for the past three consecutive Wimbledon tournaments. However, with his victory he has caused millions of everyday folk, celebrities, politicians and of course royalty to try to find a place to watch the match Sunday when he faces Roger Federer.
Murray powered past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the semifinals to become the first male Brit to reach the Wimbledon final in 74 years. He has been able to take the minds of everyone in the country off the dreary summer weather and has given the country its new hero – at least for another day.
On front page of a newspaper in London explained it quite simply – Finally!
Now Murray faces Federer in the final to possibly become the first British male to win the Wimbledon singles title since 1936 when it was won by Fred Perry. Bunny Austin reached the finals in 1938 but lost. In 1977, Virginia Wade won the title for the women and was the last Brit male or female to reach the final and win.
Murray said the final would be one of his biggest matches in his career thus far and a great challenge. Many will believe he cannot win, but he says he can win if he plays well. His win in the semis evoked mixed feelings back home in Scotland. A joke is always told that when he wins, he is considered British, but when he loses, he is Scottish. Now with his semifinal win, both Edinburgh and London politicians are clamoring to support the star.