By Lee Dover | Wimbledon
So this is it, the British saviour has finally arrived at the All England Club to put to bed a torturous record that has hung over tennis for 74 years.
Andy Murray is the knight in shining armour who is hoping to ride his way through his Wimbledon semi-final today and become the first home-grown player since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the tournament’s final.
As an added incentive for the Scot, the challenge in front of him is not Rafael Nadal – the Spaniard has snatched Murray’s dream at the Wimbledon semi-finals the past two years – and whisper it, Murray is the favourite.
Paddy Power is offering odds of 4/9 that the British number one can see off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and head to the Wimbledon final on Sunday.
Murray knows a thing or two about the Frenchman – he has beaten Tsonga in five of their last six meetings, including one victory which handed him the championship at last year’s Queens and another in a previous Wimbledon.
But the Scot is not getting too ahead of himself – dreaming of an outcome that has not happened can be a very dangerous thing, just ask the Germans who were in Poland last week.
Murray has noted:
Rather than focusing on it being the semi-finals of Wimbledon, I need to focus on it being a match against [Tsonga] and what I do well against him and what’s worked against him in the past.
It would be foolish to write off Tsonga. Roger Federer may have done just that last year at Wimbledon when he was two sets up against the Frenchman and ended up losing in what was a Grand Slam first for the Swiss ace.
If you think lightning can strike twice at SW19 Paddy Power offer 6/1 that Tsonga will win the semi-final 3-2.
I will have a chance. At 100 per cent I have maybe less than him, but I will have some chances and I will try to take them.
So get that Pimms on ice and soak those strawberries in cream – we have a potential classic on our hands at Wimbledon at 3.40pm this afternoon.
Betting: Wimbledon 2012