Wimbledon gripped by Murray fever

Great Britain's Andy Murray will try to make history by winning Wimbledon

The Scottish Saltire flies alongside the Union flag above 10 Downing Street, in support of Andy Murray

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Tennis fans have braved the rain to watch Andy Murray try to make Wimbledon history.

The 25-year-old is bidding to become the first British man to lift the men's singles trophy since Fred Perry 76 years ago.

He will take on six-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court, and will be hoping to echo the performance of compatriot Jonny Marray, who last night became the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's doubles tournament in the same amount of time - 76 years - after his victory with partner Freddie Nielsen.

The All England Club was hit by rain, but fans refused to be put off by the damp weather.

Sadie Smith and Nigel Halliday, both 60, wearing Scottish colours with the Saltire painted on their faces, travelled to SW19 from Livingstone in Scotland to watch the final on Murray Mount.

Mr Halliday said: "We bought tickets back in February, we had no idea when we came we'd be watching Andy play.

"It's our first time at Wimbledon and we get to see this, it's amazing. Of course he'll win, it's his turn, it's his time.

"When Virginia Wade won it was the Jubilee and now it's the Jubilee again, it must be lucky."

John and Margaret Nisbet, 70 and 71, from Ayr, Scotland, are staunch Murray fans. They have visited for several years but never seen such a momentous occasion.

Mr Nisbet said: "My wife came three years ago and said I should come, I wasn't that bothered but she said Andy had taken up the flag for the nation, not just for Scotland, but for Great Britain, so I thought yes, I should come."

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