Andy Murray has beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to become the first Briton to make it to a Wimbledon men's single final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938.
Murray beat the Frenchman 6-3 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Coming off the court, Murray told reporters he felt emotional and relieved following the match, however he wouldn't divulge the secret behind his victory point. The tearful Scot paused after his win, looking at the sky.
"I tried to stay calm but it wasn't easy," he told reporters.
"There's a lot of pressure when youre on the court. I did well to hang in there in the end because he [Tsonga] started playing really well.
"There's a lot of stress but you just try and focus on the next point."
Murray lived up to his dour reputation with a terse response to a question over how his parents feel watching the tense moments of the match.
"I'm not really that bothered," he said flippantly. "It was much harder for me."
Centre court roared while crowds of fans on Murray Mount broke into screams and cheers as the 25-year-old made history.
Murray will face six-time champion Roger Federer in the final, after his 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic earlier on Friday. Murray has already felt the pain of losing to the Swiss in the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open Grand Slam Finals.
If he beats Federer he will be the first British men's winner since Fred Perry in 1936.
Despite rain stopping play on the outside courts at SW19 until around 2.30pm and Federer and Djokovic having to play with the Centre Court roof on, the rain dried up in time for Murray's clash with Tsonga, and the roof was removed for the crunch match.
Fans applauded as Murray took to the court, roaring with each point he won.
One shouted: "Come on Murray, come on the English" at one point, with various calls of: "Come on Andy".
The Scot powered to a 6-3 win in the first set in just 34 minutes, watched on Centre Court by crowds including pop star Kylie Minogue in the Royal Box.
His usual supporters in the players’ box, including mother Judy Murray and girlfriend Kim Sears, cheered the British number one one.
They were joined by Sir David Frost, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and former Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic and Rod Laver.
The Duke of York was present today, as was Princess Michael of Kent and Lady Annabel Goldsmith.
In his post-match press conference, Tsonga said everything for Murray would be a "bonus" now.
"He's in the final. He did the job, I think. Now everything is bonus, only positive for him.
"Now I'm sure he will play only for him and not for all these people."
But he said it would be tough, because he needs to recover from today's game: "He looked pretty tired at the end, so I don't know how he will be physically.
"But I hope for him he will recover and have a chance against Roger."
Tsonga was left kneeling on the court at one point, after taking a ball in the groin.
He said he had never been hit like that before, adding: "But I will have revenge one time."
Earlier this week, Murray was watched in his clash against David Ferrer by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Murray, in his seventh Wimbledon, remains the nation's best hope of a British champion since Fred Perry lifted the trophy 76 years ago.
Austin's son John, 66, said: "We've been waiting for someone to equal my father's record for many years and I think this could be the year. We're all quite excited."
The Scot has equalled Tim Henman's tally of four semi-finals and was this year spared a semi-final against Rafael Nadal - who has knocked him out of the semis in the past two years - after his shock exit.
Murray also has the backing of tennis legends Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, who believe he can lift the title if he can lift his game at the right moment.
Agassi said: "I think Murray has it in him to go the distance. You have to play good matches from here on in, but really he has to play a great match at the right time, and that's still ahead of him."
Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe told the BBC: "Murray has done exactly what he needed to do to get here, now he has to get about 10% better each match if he wants to win this."Suggest a correction