Murray relieved to reach SW19 final

  • Last Updated: July 6 2012, 19:46 BST

Andy Murray felt both relieved and thrilled after ending Britain's 74-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles finalist.

Murray breaks down as he reaches the final

The Scot saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets on Centre Court this afternoon to book a final date with Roger Federer on Sunday - meaning 1938 runner-up Bunny Austin is no longer the last British man to have reached the showpiece event at SW19.

Murray had looked at ease in racing to a two-set lead but, after Tsonga fought back, he had to survive some nervy moments to take the match 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5.

He broke down in tears on court, before pointing to the skies as has now become his post-match ritual, and admitted afterwards to just being glad to have made it through.

"There's a bit of relief, excitement. It's tough to explain, it was such a close match," Murray said on BBC1.

"Both of us had chances, I was up a break, he came back, then he had break points at 4-4 in the fourth and I managed to hang tough enough."

The match ended amid high drama, with a cross-court forehand from Murray being referred to a Hawk-eye challenge before the win was confirmed.

"I knew it was in, I thought he challenged, they said it was called out so I challenged," he added.

"I had started the match really well, served well, but he came back, started serving better and hit some great volleys. I did well to hang in because he started to play really well."

On having carried the hopes of a nation with him throughout the tournament, Murray also conceded to having felt the strain on court.

"It's just difficult, there's a lot of pressure on the court, a lot of stress but you need to think about the next and not what has happened in the past," he said.

"It's been a great tournament so far and hopefully I can go one better. It's just a big relief. It was a very emotional end to the match - one of the biggest matches of my life.

"I have played Roger in finals before and need to learn from them. He's playing great tennis and I'm very excited."