7th of July 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Roger Federer became the first man to reach eight Wimbledon singles finals, after he knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic on Friday. The Swiss player progressed to his 24th Grand Slam final with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 win over tournament favourite Djokovic.
"Obviously, I'm ecstatic, I'm so happy," said Federer, who could now equal William Renshaw and Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles. "I played a great match. It has been a tough tournament for me. I was able to step it up and get a bit lucky maybe. I thought Novak played well too - the first two sets went really quickly and the third was key to the match."
It will be Federer's first Grand Slam final since last year's French Open and his first at Wimbledon since he won his sixth title in 2009.
The world number three will next play Andy Murray, who became the first Briton to reach the final in 74 years. Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets on Friday. Federer is the big favourite for the final though.
"I'm probably not expected to win the match, but it is one that, if I play well, I'm capable of winning," Murray said. "His record here has been incredible, so the pressure will be less on me because of who he is."
Murray has an 8-7 lead over Federer in their total previous meetings, but the Swiss won in straight sets in the finals of the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open in their only Grand Slam encounters.
Federer has lost only once in seven Wimbledon finals, against Rafael Nadal in 2008. And Murray's record in previous Grand Slam finals is not a good one as he lost all three:
Australian Open 2011: lost to Novak Djokovic 4-6 2-6 3-6
Australian Open 2010: lost to Roger Federer 3-6 4-6 6-7 (11-13)
US Open 2008: lost to Roger Federer 2-6 5-7 2-6
Here are the odds for the final from Bet365:
Roger Federer to win - 1/2
Andy Murray to win - 7/4
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