Andy Murray has ended one of the longest waits in British sport by reaching the Wimbledon final - but insisted it is not yet time to celebrate.
Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 to move into his fourth grand slam title match and become the first home finalist in the men's singles at the All England Club since Bunny Austin in 1938. But if the 25-year-old is to end Fred Perry's 76-year reign as the last British winner of the men's title, then he will have to defeat Roger Federer, who on Sunday will aim to equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles.
The messages of congratulations flowed in, but for Murray and coach Ivan Lendl the focus will quickly turn to the Federer clash. "I spoke to Ivan after the match," said Murray. "It was, 'Good job. You did really well. What time do you want to practise tomorrow?'. That's it. There's no time for anything else."
Murray explained with a smile how he would politely decline an invitation to Wimbledon's cocktail party on Friday evening.
He said: "It's not the end of the tournament yet. The time for all of that stuff comes when I'm done.
"I'm not going to go out and celebrate tonight, although I heard there's a cocktail party here this evening which I've been invited to, but I probably won't be participating in that."
Blocking out the hype around his campaigns at Wimbledon has become a key Murray strategy, but he admitted after beating David Ferrer in the quarter-finals that the pressure does take its toll.
He was full of emotion at the end of the match on Friday , letting the tears flow and looking skywards as his achievement sunk in.
He said of carrying the weight of history on his shoulders: "You don't really think about it that much, but subconsciously, at the end of the match, it was obviously very emotional.
"I haven't really been like that before in a semi-final match, so obviously it meant something to me and it was very, very important."