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Murray wins historic Olympic gold

Murray wins historic Olympic gold

First British man to win singles gold medal in 104 years.


Andy Murray became the first British man to win a singles gold medal in 104 years on Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event.

The third-seeded Scot defeated top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 56 minutes on Centre Court at Wimbledon, just four weeks after he lost The Championships final to the same player.

Murray admitted it was "the biggest win of my life. This week's been absolutely incredible, I've had a lot of fun. I felt so fresh on the court today. I didn't feel nervous really at all, apart from at the beginning of the match. The support's been unbelievable."

The 25-year-old Murray follows in the footsteps of John Pius Boland (1900), Laurence Doherty (1904), Josiah Ritchie (1908 outdoors) and Arthur Gore (1908 indoors) as male Olympic singles gold medallists representing Great Britain.

"It's definitely different," he said. "I've won an Olympic gold medal. I haven't won a Grand Slam. I know how this feels and it feels great. I've lost some tough matches in some tough finals and that's hurt me a lot. I think tennis in the Olympics is getting better each time it's played, because all the top players are playing now. For me it's the biggest win of my life.

"I'll never forget it. I'm able to deal with the situations better now. I felt much more comfortable on the court. They (the crowd) helped me get a few extra miles an hour the last couple of serves. I went for some big serves and I got them."

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By James Buddell, published by The ATP on 5 August 2012.  

See Andy Murray alongside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London this November.

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