Gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's Singles Tennis match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012. Murray defeated Roger Federer in the gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)q
WIMBLEDON, UK -- Andy Murray avenged a loss to Roger
Federer in last month's Wimbledon final with a convincing straight-set victory
over the world No. 1 Swiss star Sunday in the gold medal match at the storied
All England Club.
The third-seeded Brit recorded 27 winners in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 thrashing of the
17-time Grand Slam champion Federer on Centre Court.
Federer claimed his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title four weeks ago, but
on Sunday he committed an uncharacteristic 31 unforced errors -- 14 more than
Murray -- and had his serve broken five times. Murray, meanwhile, fought off
all nine break points he faced, including six in the third game of the second
Murray, who is 0-4 in Grand Slam finals, went up 4-2 in the opening set when
he converted his second break point. Federer had failed to capitalize on three
game points after rallying from 0-30 down. Murray then sent a backhander down
the line to close out the first set with another break.
The 25-year-old Dunblane, Scotland native dominated the second set, winning
each of the first five games before Federer finally held. Federer earned a
break point in the next game, but the set eventually belonged to Murray.
Federer, who was coming off his marathon four-hour, 26-minute semifinal
triumph over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, was broken again and fell behind
2-3 in the third set when he wasn't able to return Murray's crosscourt
They held the rest of the way, and Murray secured his 23rd career title with
Meanwhile, an eighth-seeded del Potro rebounded from Friday's heart-wrenching
loss to Federer to capture the bronze with a 7-5, 6-4 win over second-seeded
Serbian Novak Djokovic on Court 1.
Del Potro became the first Argentine man to capture an Olympic singles medal
Djokovic won the bronze in 2008.
(The Sports Network)