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Murray did so well to finish that off in four (sets), because I don’t think anyone could have coped with a fifth set,” Henman said on the BBC, where he works as a commentator. “He’s got sort of one monkey off the nation’s back with the first finalist in 74 years, but I think a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. It seems like it could be destiny.”

Federer may have a thing or two to say about that, but for now at least, Britain has reason to celebrate. Even Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in, calling Murray’s victory “great news.”

“I’ll be watching the final on Sunday and like the rest of the country, will be getting right behind Andy Murray,” Cameron said in a statement. “I wish him the best of luck.”

Tsonga did, too. The Frenchman, who is also immensely popular with the Wimbledon crowd, said Murray deserved the place in the final, and that he hoped he’d be able to play relaxed against Federer.

“For me, there is no more pressure (on Murray),” Tsonga said. “He’s in the final. He did the job, I think. Now everything is a bonus, is positive for him. Now I’m sure he will play only for him and not for all these people.”

Murray said he will need the crowd support again on Sunday to have a chance to beat Federer _ who is usually the fan favorite in every match he plays at Wimbledon.

“There’s obviously going to be nerves and pressure there for sure,” Murray said, “but I need to try and stay focused.”