Andy Murray was greeted by roars of applause as he began his historic Wimbledon final.

The 25-year-old is bidding to beat Roger Federer to become the first British man to lift the men's singles trophy since Fred Perry 76 years ago and got off to a good start as he broke his opponent's service to take the first game.

Crowds on Centre Court and thousands of people on Murray Mount cheered as the Scot took to the court for the clash with six-time champion Federer.

Murray is being watched by a host of famous faces including Prime Minister David Cameron, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by sister Pippa and David and Victoria Beckham also took seats in the Royal Box.

Despite rainfall at SW19, by the time the players arrived on the match the Centre Court roof had been opened and - despite a brief moment beforehand when the covers had to be pulled over during a shower - the players started the match in open air.

Before the match began, Mr Cameron said singles tennis players are under huge pressure, but he believes Murray can handle it.

"I think he knows about pressure and he's had some incredibly pressured games," he said.

"And the thing about singles tennis is that there's no-one else out there. It's just you. And the pressure on the individual single person is immense.

"In doubles you share it, in Government you have a Cabinet, you have a team. But he's going to be all alone out there in Centre Court. But he knows, I hope he knows, he's got the whole nation behind him and we're going to be roaring him on."