Britain’s Andy Murray wins Olympic gold in the men’s individual tennis final by defeating Swiss legend Roger Federer. The British tennis star handed his opponent a heavy 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 defeat on Centre Court at Wimbledon, with the crowd on his side. Murray became the hometown hero for his match winning performance. As per various sports betting odds, Federer was the hot favorite.
Murray had lost three of his four Grand Slam finals to Federer, most recently at the prestige Wimbledon tournament last month; hence it was a major victory for him.
Murray took control and won nine games in a row to capture Britain’s 16th gold medal of the games after moving 4-2 ahead in the first set. World number one, Federer suffered his worst loss at Wimbledon in a decade.
The victory marked a career breakthrough for Murray. He said that he has had a lot of tough losses and this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. He said he will never forget this win.
The drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment for Federer. He sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but settled for silver – his first singles medal, playing in the games for the fourth time.
“Don’t feel too bad for me,” Federer said. “I felt like I won my silver, I didn’t lose it. So I feel really happy.”
Breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row, Murray swept nine consecutive games to take control. Murray’s inspired play a reflection of raucous crowd support. He erased all nine break points he faced.
Federer said that Murray never looked back. He credited Murray for getting in the lead and using the crowd to come through. Federer added that Murray did an unbelievable job.
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia earlier in the day and won bronze.
Murray came up short in the mixed doubles final later that day, although he had the chance to make history by becoming the first British tennis player to win multiple golds at the same Olympics since 1896. Murray lost 2-6, 6-3, 10/8 to Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. He was partnered with Laura Robson.
In the other tennis action in the women’s doubles final, sisters Serena and Venus Williams defended their gold medal. The Americans topped the Czech pair of Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova and 6-4, 6-4.