Andy Murray will play Milos Raonic in his third Wimbledon final on Sunday after comprehensively defeating Tomas Berdych.
The Centre Court crowd are used to being put through the mill by the world number two at this stage of the tournament, but he was simply far too good for the 10th seed and eased to a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory.
Murray has been the favourite for the title ever since Novak Djokovic’s shock defeat by Sam Querrey in round three and for the first time in 11 grand slam finals he will not have to face either the Serbian or Roger Federer, who lost a five-set thriller to Raonic in the first semi-final.
Murray has now reached more slam finals than any other British player, surpassing the mark he jointly held with Fred Perry, and there is no doubt he will be expected to repeat his 2013 triumph, which finally ended Perry’s 77-year reign as the last home winner of the men’s singles title.
But Raonic has stepped up this season to lead the challenge of the younger generation and he had Murray in serious trouble in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and in the final at Queen’s Club last month before the Scot turned things around.
Raonic now has John McEnroe in his corner, and the performance in beating Federer from an unlikely position suggests he will present a daunting proposition on Sunday.
The good news for the Scot, who will play in his third consecutive slam final after losing to Djokovic in Melbourne and Paris, is that the pressure could scarcely be any greater than that which he has experienced at Wimbledon for the better part of a decade.
Murray said: “I’m obviously very happy. It was a good match.
“The middle part of the second set was really key. He had a few chances to go up a break and then I broke in the following game, and that was big.
“To make a Wimbledon final is a good achievement and I’ve got one more to go on Sunday.
“The older you get, you don’t know how many chances you’ll have to play in grand slam finals so you want to make the most of your opportunities.
“I’m glad I managed to get through today.”
The Scot added: “I’ll need to play a great match on Sunday if I want to win.”
Asked about his Aegon Championships win over Raonic, which came just last month, Murray said: “It was a very tough match. Three sets, and I was down a set and a break but I managed to turn it around.
“He’s playing probably the best grass-court tennis of his career.”