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A part-time resident of Miami, Murray said he draws inspiration from Miami Heat star LeBron James, who was much maligned before winning his first NBA title last month.

Murray has also benefited from the help of Ivan Lendl, his coach since the start of the year. Lendl lost the first four Grand Slam finals he played, then won eight major titles.

The Scotsman speaks in a mumbling monotone, and on court he tends to go about his business like a condemned man. At the French Open in May, Wade described him as “a drama queen.”

But while Murray’s no Federer when it comes to style, some find appeal in his broad repertoire of shots.

“I love watching Andy play, because I think it’s so exciting,” said Serena Williams, who won her fifth women’s title Saturday. “You never know what he’s going to do. He’s running every ball down. He looks tired, and then he comes back. I think it’s awesome. He’s really one of my favorite people to watch. If that’s being a drama queen, it’s really exciting.”

Murray’s accustomed to carrying the weight of a skeptical country’s hopes. Shouts from the stands of “Come on, Andy” have been common for years at Wimbledon, and are occasionally heard at matches where Murray’s not even a contestant.

“There is obviously a lot of pressure and stress around this time of year,” he said.

There will also be pressure on Federer, who’s mindful of his place in history. He beat defending champion Djokovic on Friday to reach the final for the first time since 2009, and now he has a chance to tie the tournament record of seven titles set in the 1880s by William Renshaw _ an Englishman _ and tied in 2000 by Sampras.

“It’s a big match for me, and I hope I can keep my nerves,” Federer said. “I’m sure I can.”

Like London bookmakers and most other observers, Sampras considers Federer the favorite.

“But if Andy serves well and gets aggressive and can get the crowd behind him and use a little bit of destiny, he can pull it off,” said Sampras, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. “Too bad it’s on at 5 in the morning. I’m going to have to TiVo it.”


AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.