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Olympic tennis: Murray mania grips Wimbledon in straight sets demolition of Federer
Andy Murray followed one of the greatest days in British Olympic history with one of the best performances British tennis has ever seen as he crushed Roger Federer to win London 2012 gold.
Murray exacted the sweetest revenge possible for his tear-jerking Wimbledon final loss by inflicting Federer’s heaviest ever defeat at the All England Club and winning his country’s first men’s singles title since 1908.
The 6-2 6-1 6-4 scoreline was scarcely believable against the man who stopped him becoming the country’s first male Wimbledon champion for 76 years just 28 days earlier and who was desperate to enhance his claim to be the greatest player of all time by clinching a career golden slam.
But the Briton sank to his knees in the moment of victory then climbed into the family box to embrace his girlfriend Kim Sears and proud mother Judy.
He told the BBC: “It’s number one for me - the biggest win of my life.”
Murray, who sang the national anthem at the medal ceremony, added: “This week’s been incredible so far, I’ve had a lot of fun, the support has been amazing and I’ve got one more match to go, but it’s been unbelievable.”
He said he took inspiration from the crowd and British success in the Olympic Stadium last night where Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Newham & Essex Beagles star Mo Farah brought home a track and field hat-trick.
“They were unbelievable, it’s not just here but all of the events I’ve watched, Murray said, adding: “I watched the athletics last night and it was amazing.
“The momentum I think the teams have from the last couple of days has been so good.”
Murray has the chance to go for another gold straight away on Centre as he partners Wimbeldon’s Laura Robson in the mixed doubles later today.