Murray's final match to be marked by Scottish flag at Downing Street

Updated: 07 July 2012 10:35 IST

Andy Murray's Wimbledon semi-final victory was hailed as "great news" by British Prime Minister David Cameron as Downing Street pledged to fly the Scottish flag to mark Sunday's final.

London:

Andy Murray's Wimbledon semi-final victory was hailed as "great news" by British Prime Minister David Cameron as Downing Street pledged to fly the Scottish flag to mark Sunday's final.

Murray became the first British man in 74 years to reach the Wimbledon final when he beat French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Minutes later, Cameron's 10 Downing Street office issued a statement saying it would fly the Scottish flag alongside the Union flag tomorrow "in support of Andy Murray in the final".

Cameron himself said: "It is great news that we have our first home-grown men's finalist at Wimbledon for over 70 years, especially in this exciting Olympics year when the eyes of the world are on the UK.

"I'll be watching the final on Sunday and like the rest of the country, will be getting right behind Andy Murray -- I wish him the best of luck."

The pledge to fly the Scottish flag at Downing Street comes amid a political battle over whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish government, which has devolved powers from London and is led by First Minister Alex Salmond, is holding a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.

Cameron's coalition government, led by his centre-right Conservative party, is strongly opposed to the plan. Both the "yes" and "no" to independence campaigns have launched in recent weeks.

Topics : Tennis David Cameron Andy Murray Wimbledon 2012
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