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Andy Murray will "fight his absolute heart out" in his bid for Wimbledon victory, he said on Sunday.

The 25-year-old said he will give everything he has in today's final as he takes on Roger Federer.

"Knowing I am through to the final of Wimbledon fills me with so many emotions, but all of that will count for nothing unless I come away with the title," he said.

Writing on his BBC blog, the Scot said the only thing he can afford to focus on is his game and his opponent.
"He is a player I've beaten in the past, and I can do it again.

"He is arguably the best player of all time. There are a few guys who have a decent claim, but I'd say Roger and Pete Sampras.

"Although it's my first Wimbledon final, I was in this position at the 2008 US Open and the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011.

"I know how it's going to feel and although there will be nerves, I know how to deal with them and use it as a positive."

He said of those finals, losing to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne last year was the most painful, and one of the factors motivating Murray to lift the trophy this time round.

"Since I left for Spain 10 years ago and decided I wanted to become a professional tennis player, these are the moments I've spent every day working towards," Murray wrote.

"I moved away from my family at the age of 15, lived and trained in another country. I had to do that to get where I am today, challenging for the sport's biggest prizes.

"It hasn't been an easy journey and after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals on Friday I was quite emotional."

He said before his post-match interview he went to the bathroom and "just sat there, splashed water over my face and calmed myself down". The Scot said he had tried to keep things "as normal as possible", practising, having physio, chatting with his team and walking his border terriers Maggie May and Rusty.

Today he planned to wake up, have breakfast, make his way to the All England club and warm up for the last time before taking to Centre Court.

"Eventually, the wait will be over. The one thing I can guarantee is that I'll fight my absolute heart out.
"I need to give everything I have from the first point to the last.

"Roger won the first of his 16 majors at Wimbledon in 2003. I was playing in the juniors that year, hoping one day I could do the same. Now I have my chance."

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  • Tennis - 2012 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

    Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates beating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during day eleven of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Eleven

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain is congratulated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (L) of France after his Gentlemen's Singles semi final match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Eleven

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles semi final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Tennis - 2012 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

    Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates defeating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (left) during day eleven of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.

  • Tennis - 2012 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

    Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates defeating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during day eleven of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Eleven

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles semi final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Eleven

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles semi final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Andy Murray celebrates his men

    Britain's Andy Murray celebrates his men's singles semi-final victory over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on day 11 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)