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Date
06 Aug 2012
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London 2012 , IOC News , Tennis , Great Britain

Murray claims tennis gold

British tennis star Andy Murray won the biggest title of his career on Sunday as he beat Roger Federer in straight sets to claim the Olympic gold medal in the men’s singles.

The 25-year-old triumphed 6-2 6-1 6-4 over Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam champion to become the first British man to win the Olympic singles title since Josiah Ritchie in 1908 – when the Games were also held in London.

British tennis star Andy Murray won the biggest title of his career on Sunday as he beat Roger Federer in straight sets to claim the Olympic gold medal in the men’s singles.

The 25-year-old triumphed 6-2 6-1 6-4 over Switzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam champion to become the first British man to win the Olympic singles title since Josiah Ritchie in 1908 – when the Games were also held in London.

“This is the biggest win of my life,” said Murray, who climbed into the stands to celebrate the victory with his girlfriend, coaches and family. “This week's been absolutely incredible, I've had a lot of fun.”

Federer was full of praise for his opponent following the match.

"He played very well. He was better than I was today,” said the 30-year-old. “Still, I'm very happy with the silver.”

Later, Murray teamed up with Laura Robson in the gold medal match of the mixed doubles, but it was top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi, of Belarus, who claimed the title following a champions tie-break.

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