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Tsonga will have a second chance to reach the Wimbledon final, but without the pressure that is regularly heaped on Murray at Wimbledon. That kind of local fervor is saved for him when he plays at the French Open _ along with every other French player.

“Here for Andy is difficult because he’s alone,” Tsonga said. “I mean, in France it’s OK. We have many players and that’s fine, but here for him it’s really difficult because every eyes are on him and it’s tough for him.”

Still, “Murray Mania” won’t be slowed by Tsonga’s words or his chances to win. The fans in Britain have been waiting since 1936 _ when Fred Perry won his last singles title at Wimbledon _ for a homegrown male champion.

There hasn’t even been a British men’s finalist since Bunny Austin in 1938.

“Tennis in the U.K. is not really a sport that necessarily gets followed loads for the rest of the year, but everyone gets into it when Wimbledon comes round because they understand how big a competition it is,” Murray said. “The support that I’ve had over the last sort of five, six years here has been great.

“I’m trying my best to win the tournament for myself, obviously, but also for everybody else.”