SW19 redemption for Murray

Scot sees off Federer in straight sets to seal Olympic gold

Last Updated: 06/08/12 7:10am

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Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets to clinch Olympic gold in the men's tennis final at Wimbledon.

The British number one gained revenge for his defeat at the hands of Federer in the Wimbledon final last month as he thrashed the world number one 6-2 6-1 6-4 in front of an ecstatic crowd on Centre Court.

Having inflicted Federer's heaviest-ever loss at the All England Club, Murray climbed into the players' box to embrace his family, including mother Judy, brother Jamie and girlfriend Kim Sears as he became the first Briton to win a men's singles gold medal since 1908 in what he called the biggest win of his life.

The one-sided nature of the scoreline was scarcely believable against the man who stopped the Scot becoming the country's first male Wimbledon champion for 76 years just 28 days earlier and who was seeking to enhance his claim to be the greatest player of all time by clinching a career golden slam.

Murray was roared on by the partisan home fans, entering to thunderous applause and deafening cheers, and receiving constant shouts and screams from stands.

Partisan support

The support certainly appeared to spur him on, the Scot producing some superb tennis to break twice as he took the first set before running through the second in even more convincing fashion having surged into a 5-0 lead.

Rain had threatened his chances, with Serena and Venus Williams taking gold against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in the women's doubles under the now well-used Centre Court roof.

But the showers held off throughout and Murray took full advantage, a single break proving sufficient in the third as he eventually wrapped things up in fitting style with an ace.

After sealing victory Murray sank to his knees, then made his now tell-tale "fingers to the air" gesture, before running up into the players' box.

He told the BBC: "It's number one for me - the biggest win of my life."

Murray received his gold medal on court shortly after the match but had little time to celebrate the win as he prepared to go for double gold in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.

Bronze for Del Potro

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro handed Argentina their first medal of the London Games, and a first-ever Olympic tennis medal, as he beat Novak Djokovic in the bronze match.

Del Potro prevailed in a rain-delayed match on Court One, overcoming the Serb in straight sets, 7-5 6-4.

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