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Murray annihilates Federer for Olympics gold

Last updated on: August 5, 2012 22:31 IST

Image: Gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain waves the British flag during the medal ceremony of the men's singles event at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
Photographs: Elise Amendola/AP

Andy Murray had Centre Court rocking Sunday, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon. 

The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer's serve four times in a row. 

The victory marked a breakthrough for the Scotsman, who has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer. 

For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but still earned his first singles medal.

A carnival atmosphere

Image: Crowds gather in the Olympic Park on Day 9 to watch Andy Murray on big screens win his gold medal in the Men's Singles Tennis match
Photographs: J Mitchell/Getty Images

From the start, there was no doubting spectators' loyalty. The retractable Centre Court roof opened shortly before the final, and Federer walked onto the sun-splashed grass to a standing ovation.

Then Murray entered, and the roar tripled. At the far end of the All England Club, thousands of happy fans with grounds passes enjoyed a carnival atmosphere on the picnic hill known as Murray Mount while watching the match on a huge video screen. 

Federer wore red and Murray blue in the most colorful tournament ever held at Wimbledon. Their tactics were also in sharp contrast. 

Murray returned aggressively to repeatedly put Federer on the defensive when serving. Federer tried to come forward more than in any match this summer, but Murray answered with a succession of crisp passing shots for winners.

Home support

Image: Fans of Andy Murray of Great Britain cheer during his match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during the gold medal men's singles
Photographs: Elise Amendola/AP

The fans loved it, waving Union Jacks of all sizes. "An-dy! An-dy" they chanted.

They applauded when Federer won a point, but they roared when Murray won one. And the bounces seemed to go Murray's way.

One of his service breaks came when he hit winners that clipped the net cord on consecutive points. But then the net, after all, was British. 

Federer showed little frustration as the match slipped away. Instead, it was Murray tossing his racket in the second set when he made a rare error. 

Otherwise, the usually dour Scotsman had little to get upset about. When he netted an easy forehand on break point early in the match, he laughed at his mistake.

Tags: Murray , Federer , Jacks

Federer struggled to hold on to his chances

Image: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men's Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Murray won with plenty of flair and a succession of spectacular shots.

A lunging backhand pass in the corner had fans on their feet. And he erased a break point with an acrobatic leaping overhead, followed by an improbable reflex volley winner after Federer fired at him from point-blank range. 

Murray fell behind 15-40 serving in the opening game but rallied to hold, and from 2-all he took charge, winning every game until 5-0 in the second set. 

Federer struggled to hold but had his chances to break, including in the third game of the second set. He held six break points but Murray erased them all and won the game on the 20th point on an errant Federer backhand, one of many.

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Del Potro wins Olympic bronze

Image: Gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain, left, shakes hands with bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, right, during the medal ceremony of the men's singles event
Photographs: Elise Amendola/AP

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina won the Olympic bronze medal on Sunday following a 7-5, 6-4 victory over second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia. 

Del Potro has some hardware to show for all his hours on the grass at Wimbledon, and for waiting through a rain delay Sunday. 

On Friday, the Argentine lost 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 in the Olympic semi-finals to Roger Federer in the longest three-set men's match of the Open era — it went 4 hours, 26 minutes. 

After Sunday's straight-sets win at the All England Club, del Potro fell to the grass, hands over his eyes, and wept.