Wimbledon 2010: Will Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal Make It To the Final?

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 2, 2010

The tension and excitement is building ahead of today's semi-final, which could see Andy Murray confirming a place in the Wimbledon final for the first time.

There is only one thing standing in his way, the small problem of world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who has already been a Wimbledon champion and wants trophy in his cabinet.

Murray knows that if he gets past Nadal, it wont be as hard as it could have been as his opponent will not be the former No. 1—Roger Federer.

Federer was defeated in the quarter-final by Tomas Berdych, which was one of the biggest shocks of recent years at Wimbledon.

Murray got his place in the semis after he battled against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-2.

Nadal overcame a poor start to defeat Swedish player Robin Soderling.

Nadal has been on top four out of the last seven encounters.

Murray has been in two previous major finals. At both the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open earlier this year, the result was the same—straight sets defeats by Federer. However, the Scot insisted he will try his best and hopefully overcome the Spaniard.

He said: "I don't care whether he's in or out of the tournament. It doesn't affect me unless I win the next round. I'm playing the number one player in the world in the next round, so it would be a bit silly for me to look past him."

Is this what Britain has been hoping for? England were the only home nation to go to the World Cup (bad luck Ireland), and were knocked out in humiliating fashion.

Is this the year the Scotsman puts his name on the trophy become the first British man to do so since Fred Perry in 1936?