Monday, August 6, 2012
Murray destroyes Federer to win Olympic Gold
Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win the men's singles gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
"It has been the best week of my tennis career by a mile," Murray said. "I've had a lot of tough losses. This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I'll never forget it."
Murray broke Federer's serve four times in a row to take complete control of the match.
"He never looked back," Federer said. "His credit for getting in the lead and using the crowd to come through. He did an unbelievable job."
“I think this is as good as I could do during these championships,” reflected the Swiss. “Andy was much better than I was today in many aspects of the game. For me, it’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got silver. Don’t feel too bad for me. I am very, very proud honestly to have won a silver.
“I had a very emotional tournament from start to finish. I could have lost in the first round against (Alejandro) Falla. Same thing obviously with (Juan Martin) del Potro. I felt like I won my silver, I didn’t lose it. So I feel very, very happy.”
“I had tears in my eyes after my first round match. Doing media on court, I almost broke down,” he explained. “But this is how much this meant to me. I understood how close I was from losing. Then there was no doubt about it, I felt the same way exactly after the semis.
“Maybe there was so much emotion already out of me that potentially today that kind of hindered me from playing my absolute very best.”
"Every Olympics has been a life-changer for me," said Federer. "Good or bad, I think I took away a lot of positives, from the Olympic spirit, from the way, I don't know, you appreciate other sports, appreciate winning, losing."
The world No. 1 said he had tears in his eyes after a tight first-round victory at the Olympics, and then felt emotionally exhausted after a marathon semifinal win against del Potro.
Federer said the draining semifinal "might have cost him" against Murray, though he praised the Briton for executing a forceful game plan that stopped him from getting his "teeth" into the match.
The Swiss looked ahead to the possibility of once again going for the career Golden Slam in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
"I hope so. I said it before the tournament that it's not impossible that I could take part in Rio. But right now, in the meantime, I could retire and come back. It’s that long of a break,” he said with a laugh. “It’s not front and centre in my mind. But, of course, I’d love an Olympic gold in singles. But I am very happy with an Olympic silver in singles, and I already have the gold from Beijing.”
Murray also won the silver medal in mixed doubles with Laura Robson after losing to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8).
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