Andy Murray has eclipsed the great Fred Perry by becoming the first British man to reach 11 Grand Slam finals.
The Scot cruised to tomorrow’s Wimbledon final after breezing past Czech Tomas Berdych in three sets yesterday. He is now favourite to win a second Wimbledon title when he faces Milos Raonic.
The Royal Box on Centre Court was packed with celebrities who cheered the Dunblane star on to his third Wimbledon final.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jude Law were among those willing him on.
Murray’s wife Kim applauded and shouted encouragement from the players’ box.
Perry had held the Grand Slam final record for 80 years but has now been overtaken by Murray – although he has won just two of the previous 10, compared to Perry’s eight victories. 2016 has already been significant for the Scot – he and Kim had their first child, Sophia, in February.
Tennis fans are hoping Murray minor will make an appearance at Wimbledon for tomorrow’s final – with some speculating that he will cradle her in his arms if he clinches the Men’s singles final.
The British number one has a 6-3 record against Raonic, and beat the Canadian in the Queen’s Club final ahead of this year’s Wimbledon.
Raonic defeated tennis legend Roger Federer yesterday in a five-set thriller to make it to his first Gran Slam final.
Speaking after his semi-final match, Murray said: “To make a Wimbledon final is a good achievement and I’ve got one more on Sunday.
The 29-year-old said he planned to spend the evening watching a bit of tennis, get a good night’s sleep and then “come back firing on Sunday”.
Another Scot will join Murray on finals day at SW19 tomorrow.
Gordon Reid yesterday made it to the final of the inaugural men’s wheelchair singles event at Wimbledon.
Glasgow-born Reid, 24, beat number two seed Joachim Gerard and will face Stefan Olsson in the final.
It is Reid’s third Grand Slam singles decider of the year, having won the Australian Open in January before losing at Roland Garros last month. Wheelchair tennis has been played at Wimbledon since 2001 but this year is the first time men’s and women’s singles have featured.
Reid said it felt “really special” to make the final