Andy Murray Defeats Roger Federer for Olympic Gold Medal

Murray bags another gold for Team GB in a career-defining Olympic final.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Though it wasn't the win at Wimbledon Andy Murray is desperate for, his triumph on Sunday (August 5) was certainly nothing to be scoffed at, defeating rival Roger Federer surprisingly easily to take home another Olympic gold medal for Team GB. 

Federer looked dejected after being bested 3 sets to 0, the Scotsman demolishing the Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory. Murray scaled the stands following his victory to share the historic moment with his friends, family and girlfriend.

The win was retribution for Murray, who less than a month ago was once again on entre court at Wimbledom, that time overcome by disappointment rather than jubilation. Along with Federer's defeating of Murray in Wimbledon 2012, he has also bested the Scot in the finals at the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open. 

However, this time Murray seemed prepared for Federer's superior offence, playing confidently and bravely to secure his place atop the podium. Speaking after the match, Murray spoke of how this victory will inspire him to snag his first Grand Slam title, saying: "I hope this will give me the confidence to go there and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past. Hopefully I can have a good run and give myself a shot at winning."

He also spoke of his run of disappointments in finals, which along with his losses to Federer have also a defeat to Novak Djokovic at the 2011 Open, saying: "I have lost some tough matches. I've had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I'm just glad I managed to put on a performance I've been waiting for.

"It was a huge match for me. It was a big match for Roger as well. I'm sure he would have wanted to win the gold – it's one of the few things he hasn't done in his singles career.

"To win today, in the way I did, makes those losses a little bit easier to take. It will help with the way I go into the [Grand Slam] matches and I hope it will make me a better player."

Murray also picked up a silver medal on the same day with mixed doubles partner Laura Robson, losing to the top seeds from Belarus Victoria Azarenka and and Max Mirnyi. United States duo Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan picked up the bronze.

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