Andy Murray claimed a sensational gold medal in the men’s singles tennis after storming to an unprecedented straight-sets victory over Roger Federer. The British no.1, who lost the Wimbledon final to the Swiss just a month ago, wrapped up a 6-2 6-1 6-4 win in just one hour 56 minutes.
Murray endured an early scare and was forced to save a break point in his first game against the world no.1, but pulled it back and never looked like anything but a champion after he broke Federer in the sixth.
Murray then put together a staggering sequence of 11 consecutive wins before Federer eventually managed to halt his march, and even though the third set was a more closely contested affair, the Scot closed out the match with a stunning ace to claim Britain’s first gold medal in tennis since 1908.
An emotional Murray said: ‘I played a really good match; I did well.
‘That’s number one for me – that’s the biggest win of my life and this week’s been incredible so far. ‘I’ve had a lot of fun, the support has been amazing and there’s one more match to go – it’s been unbelievable.
‘[The crowd was] unbelievable – not just here but at all of the events I watched, the athletics was amazing last night, the way Mo Farah won; that was amazing.
‘[Team GB’s success] gave me a boost today, the momentum the team has had in the last couple of days has been so good.
‘I didn’t expect [to win] at the start of the week, I was a little bit tired after Wimbledon, but I felt so fresh on the court today and didn’t feel nervous at all apart from the beginning.
‘I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career – this was the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final – I’ll never forget it.’