Just 28 days after losing in the Wimbledon final, Andy Murray has managed to beat the world’s number one player to win a gold medal at London 2012.
Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4, in front of some very strong home support from the crowd. It is the first time that a British man has won the Olympic title since Josiah Ritchie in 1908.
“It’s number one for me – the biggest win of my life,” said the Scot.
“I have had a lot of tough losses in my career and this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final.”
Federer added: “Maybe I was a bit tired after my semi-final but that is not an excuse.
“Andy was the better player. He has learned how to play more aggressively. He is more consistent. I’m very happy for him to bring the gold home for Britain. It’s a long time coming for him. He did great.”
However rather than relaxing and savouring the win, Murray quickly had to return to the centre court to take part in the mixed doubles final with fellow Brit Laura Robson.
The pair had to play Belarusian top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi but they lost 2-6 6-3 10-8 and were forced to settle for a silver medal following a defeat in the championship tie hyphen breaker.
It also means that Robson is the third-youngest female tennis medallist in Olympic history.
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