Knight the Scotsman – Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer to win gold for Great Britain
Well, it did and the ecstatic Centre Court crowd was witness to it. Andy Murray defeated the tennis legend Roger Federer to win the gold medal for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. Andy Murray triumphed over the Swiss Maestro with 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4.
Andy Murray won nine successive games to take charge of the game. He also broke Roger Federer’s serve four times in a row in front of a wild home crowd. Moreover, Andy Murray erased all nine break points against Roger Federer.
This victory can be marked as a career breakthrough for Andy Murray, who lost all four of his Grand Slam finals. Some might suggest that this was an act of revenge, after all Andy Murray lost three of the four Grand Slam finals to Roger Federer, and this includes last month’s Wimbledon.
“When I look back on the match, it will be one that I’ll look at as the biggest win of my career for sure,” Andy Murray said after the match, “It’s definitely one of the best matches I played. I dealt with all the situations that were in front of me well. I have lost some tough matches. Yeah, I’ve had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I’m just glad that today I managed to put on a performance.
“I would love to win Wimbledon, for sure. But this felt good. I wouldn’t change this for anything right now. I keep my medals, my trophies, in one room in my house. This will go in front of all of them.”
The grin on the Scotsman’s face after the victory over Roger Federer suggested he knew history had been made. Andy Murray believes his victory will bring a revolution of tennis in Great Britain.
“If we can get more kids playing sport, the more chance there is of getting great champions and Olympic medalists,” Andy Murray said. “For tennis to get more kids playing, we’ll get more champions because of that. For a country of our size, we’ve done amazingly well I think so far in this Olympics.”
Andy Murray is the first Briton to win gold in men’s singles at the Olympics since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. Interestingly, Olympics took place at the Wimbledon back then too.