Andy Murray on:
Winning the Gold Medal
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2012 )
— Andy Murray, (above) with his fingers raised after his second round win at the US Open.
Andy Murray was was unstoppable at the London Olympics, beating Roger Federer in the gold medal match in men's singles, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, in 1 hour 56 minutes:
"I knew after that match that everything you've kind of gone through as a player was worth it because it was the biggest win of my career by far. I've had many tough losses ... I've had a lot of doubts after losing. Even after the Wimbledon final a few weeks previously, you have a lot of doubts about yourself. But after winning a match like that you kind of forget about all of those things."
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has had his share of knocks and defeats. The most recent one being losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. However, the men's tennis final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, also held at Wimbledon, was his chance to come back and try again, against the same player. With the world watching, from avid tennis supporters to those who prefer other hobbies like playing golf, he beat Federer in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, in a match that only took an hour and 56 minutes. This was a big deal for the 25-year-old player, who had been looking for a big win like this and hoping he could delight Team GB supporters.
Murray is the first British player in over a hundred years to win gold at the Olympic Games. The fact that he did so in his home country of Britain as well, makes the win even more special. He had the home crowd support behind him, which must have been a great feeling and one that certainly gave him more confidence. He is the British number 1 and is ranked number 4 in the world at the moment. He is only the seventh player in the Open Era to make it to the semi-finals of each of the four Grand Slams in the same year.
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