Murray must defeat Novak Djokovic to become the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936
His has a secret weapon in the 15,000-strong crowd which has helped him through some tough battles on the court
But conditions are tough out on Centre Court for both players today as temperatures soar to more than 30C
Girlfriend Kim Sears was at the forefront of the supporters in the players' box with Judy Murray - the Scot's mother
Prime Minister David Cameron, Hollywood heart-throb Bradley Cooper, and Wayne Rooney also in the crowd
By SUZANNAH HILLS
Andy Murray was greeted with a standing ovation and cheers of delight as he took the first set against Novak Djokovic in the men's final at Wimbledon this afternoon.
Murray, who has spoken of the importance of crowd support during the tournament, is being urged on to victory by thousands of loyal fans shouting 'we love you' and 'you can do it Andy' as he battles the world number one.
And the crowd is obviously proving to have the desired impact as the British number one kicked off the match on top form, taking the first set 6-4.
Andy Murray, claps as the final Men's singles final match gets underway in the blistering heat today
Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen at the Wimbledon final today
Novak Djokovic wipes his brow between points during his men's final match against Andy Murray
If Murray is successful in his life-long dream to win Wimbledon, he will be the first Briton to win the men’s singles in 77 years.
Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears was at the forefront of the supporters in the players' box at All England Club's most famous court, while a tense-looking Judy Murray - the Scot's mother - was also courtside for the clash.
Prime Minister David Cameron, Hollywood heart-throb Bradley Cooper, and footballer Wayne Rooney also arrived to watch the Scot on Centre Court today as he takes on Djokovic.
Mr Cameron has wished Murray luck, saying: 'I think the whole country has been incredibly impressed, not just with his skill but with his courage and his mental courage in coming through to the final yet again. The whole country is right behind you Andy - go for it.'
Victoria Beckham was among the celebrity spectators watching the match from the Royal Box
Despite the 'Curse of Cameron', the Prime Minister is in attendance at the match while Downing Street is flying the Scottish Saltire to mark the occasion.
A string of stars have seen their hopes of glory fade following previous endorsement from the Tory leader.
Earlier this week, the PM sent his best wishes to Britain's number one female player Laura Robson, 19, shortly before her fourth-round exit.
Andy Murray, pictured left, and Novak Djokovic, pictured right, both had to cope with temperatures topping 30C during the men's final
Last summer he arrived at Wimbledon for the finals, where Murray was defeated by Roger Federer, and he followed this with a series of visits to Olympic events where British medal hopefuls lost out.
Cameron was joined by other well-known public figures including Victoria Beckham and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's wife Tana.
Labour leader Ed Miliband, actor Gerard Butler and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond also had prime seats in Centre Court while fellow Olympian Sir Chris Hoy was also among the crowds for the match.
The match got underway after Murray and Djokovic took part in the customary coin toss, performed by 11-year-old Pinki Sonkar, from India, who was born with a cleft lip and received life-changing surgery thanks to the charity Smile Train.
On the hottest day of the year, with the mercury soaring above 30 degrees Celsius, the world's two best players produced some scorching sinew-stretching action from the start and the first three games alone lasted 20 minutes.
The head court groundsman Neil Stubley suggested that the temperatures out on the court had topped 40C.
Andy Murray of Britain stretches for a return by Novak Djokovic during the Men's singles final match
The opening salvo of the Centre Court clash lasted 20 strokes as Murray went up 0-40 on the Serb's serve but Djokovic produced staunch defence to stave off his opponent's attack.
The duo did trade breaks in the third and fourth games, with each Murray winner being greeted by a chorus of 15,000 roars.
Second seed Murray got another chance to break to love in the seventh game and this time he pounced as the 2011 champion surrendered his serve by slapping a backhand into the net.
A set that initially looked like lasting forever ended exactly on the hour mark as Djokovic whipped a service return wide to give Murray, runner-up to Roger Federer last year, the one-set cushion.
Fans came well-prepared for a scorching day at SW19, with people in the queue using umbrellas in a desperate bid to shelter themselves from the blazing sun.
Thermometers at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in the capital nudged 28.1C (82.6F) yesterday, but those temperatures are set to be put in the shade today.
Matt Dobson, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: 'We are looking at temperatures of between 26C (78.8F) and 29C (84.2F) across many inland parts of England and eastern Wales, and we could just see 30C (86F) likely in west London.
'Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, and it is fairly comfortable that we are going to beat that today, with the favourite spot to do so being west London and the Thames Valley.'
Murray play on a large screen on Northcote Road in Battersea this afternoon