Hometown hero receives McEnroe’s backing

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Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has backed Andy Murray to end Britain’s long wait for the men’s title tomorrow.

Neither a bad-light delay nor the brute force of Poland’s big-hitting Jerzy Janowicz could stop the 26-year-old marching into his second successive final at the All England Club.

Last year Roger Federer denied him and now world No 1 Novak Djokovic stands in Murray’s way.

Serbian top seed Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history earlier in the day – something McEnroe believes will help Murray become the first British men’s singles winner at the championships since Fred Perry in 1936.

“I favour him,” said the American said. “I think the physical aspect of today will have some impact.

“Novak is a truly, truly great player, both of these guys are, but I think the crowd are going to give him [Murray] that extra five, 10 per cent as well.

“When you toss that all into that mixer, it is going to be a fantastic final but at the end of the day I think Murray is ready.

“He is ready to finally do it.”

Tennis fans in Dunblane, meanwhile, believe it will be second time lucky for Murray after their local hero secured his place in another Wimbledon final.

Supporters in Murray’s home town cheered on the tennis star as he clinched victory over the Polish No 24 seed.

Residents in the Scottish town are now full of confidence that he can lift the famous trophy in tomorrow’s final against Djokovic.

Murray lost last year’s final to Federer but went on to clinch gold and silver medals in the Olympics singles and mixed doubles competitions and won his first grand slam title with victory over Djokovic in the US Open.

Derek Aldridge was watching the match at the Dunblane Hotel which was busy with supporters of the British No 1.

He said: “It’s fantastic, it’s great for the lad, great for Dunblane and great for the country as well. He’s going to be under the usual pressure in the final again but he can do it. His matches with Djokovic are always close but he beat him in five sets in the US Open final so he knows he can do it. I’ve got a feeling this year is going to be the year.”

Posters of Murray adorned the walls of the pub and Cheree Geddes kissed one of them as the Scot clinched the match.

She said: “Some of his matches are hard to watch but I love it.

“After he lost the first set I was worried but he pulled it together. When he won I just wanted to give him a big kiss. I wasn’t at Wimbledon so a poster was the next best thing.”

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