Murray Wins Historic Olympic Gold Medal At Wimbledon
by James Buddell|
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."
Switzerland’s Rene Fasel, a member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Ricci Bitti presented the medals in an on-court ceremony.
"I watched the athletics last night - the rowers, the cyclists - and Andy wanted to be a part of that. He didn't want to be a silver medallist. He wanted to continue the gold rush, if you like. It's an amazing day and a huge stepping stone in his career."