Andy Murray has promised to “fight his absolute heart out” when he takes to Centre Court in a bid to make tennis history today.
THE 25-year-old Scot said he will give his all as he takes on arguably the best player of all time, Roger Federer.
“Knowing I am through to the final of Wimbledon fills me with so many emotions, but all of that will count for nothing unless I come away with the title,” he said.
Writing on his BBC blog, he said the only thing he can afford to focus on is his game and his opponent.
“He is a player I’ve beaten in the past, and I can do it again.
“He is arguably the best player of all time. There are a few guys who have a decent claim, but I’d say Roger and Pete Sampras.
“Although it’s my first Wimbledon final, I was in this position at the 2008 US Open and the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011.
“I know how it’s going to feel and although there will be nerves, I know how to deal with them and use it as a positive.”
He said of those finals, losing to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne last year was the most painful, and one of the factors motivating Murray to lift the trophy this time round.
“Since I left for Spain 10 years ago and decided I wanted to become a professional tennis player, these are the moments I’ve spent every day working towards,” Murray wrote.
“I moved away from my family at the age of 15, lived and trained in another country. I had to do that to get where I am today, challenging for the sport’s biggest prizes.
“It hasn’t been an easy journey and after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals on Friday I was quite emotional.”
He said before his post-match interview he went to the bathroom and “just sat there, splashed water over my face and calmed myself down”. The Scot said he had tried to keep things “as normal as possible”, practising, having physio, chatting with his team and walking his border terriers Maggie May and Rusty.
Today he planned to wake up, have breakfast, make his way to the All England club and warm up for the last time before taking to Centre Court.
“Eventually, the wait will be over. The one thing I can guarantee is that I’ll fight my absolute heart out.
“I need to give everything I have from the first point to the last.
“Roger won the first of his 16 majors at Wimbledon in 2003. I was playing in the juniors that year, hoping one day I could do the same. Now I have my chance.”
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