Andy Murray of Great Britain won an Olympic gold medal for the host country in tennis on Sunday, stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets.
The victory marked a career breakthrough for the 25-year-old Murray, who had lost all four of his previous Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.
Redemption came in the form of a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout.
Murray, who lost to Federer just last month in his bid to become the UK’s first Wimbledon champion in 76 years, dominated him on the same court today.
“I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career,” the pride of Dunblane, Scotland said. “This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final.”
“I’ll never, ever forget it.”
For 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer, the loss marked a surprising disappointment as he has now failed to win singles gold in four Olympics.
“He was much better than I was today,” said the Switzerland native, as classy an athlete as there is in any sport. “Still I’m very happy with the silver.”
Murray won nine straight games spanning the first two sets to take control, breaking Federer’s serve an unheard of four times in a row at one point.
He credited his inspired play to the raucous crowd support he received from British fans, who cheered their hero’s every shot en route to gold.
America’s Serena Williams won the women’s gold medal Saturday.
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Andy Murray Routs Roger Federer, Wins Olympic Tennis Gold For Great Britain