Immediately after his draining four-set semi-final victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray said he felt "a bit of relief, excitement" at the prospect of taking on Roger Federer and potentially becoming the first British Wimbledon winning man since Fred Perry in 1936.
The Scot said that, while he tried not to let the pressure of the occasion alter his game, his reaction at the end of the match betrayed its debilitating effect. "You don't really think about it that much but I think subconsciously at the end of the match it was obviously very emotional. I haven't really been like that before," he said. "There's obviously a lot of pressure and stress at this time of year. I don't feel it when I'm on the practice court and when I'm walking around, but in the back of my mind it's obviously there."
As those watching in his box collapsed into hugs and tears at the conclusion of the match Murray's impassive coach, Ivan Lendl, walked away to begin plotting the huge task of taking on Federer, who was at the top of his game to beat Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Murray said that Lendl had helped him temper the mood swings that had affected his game at crucial moments in the past.
"You try to make sure you don't get too excited on the court, never get too high, never get too down, when maybe in the past I was too up and down," he said. "I needed to try and be a bit more stable on the court, not be so emotional. I'd say that's the one thing that I've learnt from being around him."
Of the slightly farcical end to the match, where Murray needed the help of HawkEye to prove that his crosscourt winner was indeed in, the Scot said he knew the ball was good. "I knew it was in when it left my racket. I thought he challenged it but then the umpire said to me the ball had been called out. I challenged and that was it."
He said that he would not be expected to beat Federer, who would be a "great challenge". "His record over the last 10 years has been incredible. There'll be less pressure on me on Sunday because of who he is," said Murray.
Tsonga, who briefly stirred memories of his memorable five-set victory here last year against Roger Federer when he overhauled a two-set deficit, conceded that he had taken too long to find his best tennis but credited Murray with putting him on the back foot.
"I think the beginning was tough because he played well. I mean, he didn't give me one chance, you know, one chance to go to the net. He didn't miss one serve. He was really, really good," said Tsonga afterwards.
The matter-of-fact Frenchman refused to blame his defeat on the fact that Murray had the crowd on his side or that the roof had opened after the rain had stopped during the preceding semi-final: "I was in my match, I was focused. I was in my match, so for me it was not really important today."
The fifth seed, who battled his way back into the match only to fall at the last when Murray broke his serve in the final game of the fourth set, said that the Scot would find it tough against Federer following his physical exertions.
"It's going to be tough for Andy because he needs to recover from the last match and this match against me. 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," said Tsonga.
It is a feeling that is familiar to Murray, who advanced to the final at the fourth attempt after falling in the semi-final to Andy Roddick in 2009 and Rafael Nadal in 2010 and 2011.
But Tsonga, who said he would be entertaining his two-year-old niece rather than watching on Sunday, said that the fact Murray had finally become the first Briton to make a Wimbledon men's final after a 74-year absence could allow him to play with more freedom.
"I mean, for me there is no more pressure. He's in the final. He did the job, I think. Now everything is [a] bonus, is positive for him. Now I'm sure he will play only for him and not for all these people."
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