Olympics : Murray strikes revenge on Fed to win gold!
Anyone that doubted Andy Murray‘s capabilities or questioned his mental strength when it came to the biggest of stages, were well and truly proved wrong on centre court today. Murray came out of his shadow of world number 4 and produced a scintillating performance that was too strong for Roger Federer. Being the nearly man for so long, having lost 4 grand slam finals, Murray showed he had the nerve and ultimately the all round game to beat the best over 5 sets. There were times in the match that Federer, the king of grass, had no answer to Murray as the chance to join the exclusive ‘golden slam‘ winners faded for Fed.
Murray raced out of the blocks in the first set breaking Federer twice to take it 6-2. His back hand was in full flow, hitting a passing shot to break Federers serve in the final game of the set. Having won 4 games in a row, he continued this form into the second, again breaking Fed to boast a 3-0 lead. Whether it was the occasion that was getting to the normally ice cold Federer, or just the sheer power and accuracy of Murrays game, the errors continued and Murray took the second set 6-1. Murray seemed to thrive on the atmospheric crowd who appeared a lot more vocal than the usual Wimbledon spectators. They seemed to relax the Scot, giving him an extra boost that he has lacked at previous tournaments.
It was looking like a formality. Federer was on the ropes and Murray was more than ready to deliver a decisive blow to the man that broke his heart at Wimbledon only a month ago. Fed showed signs in the third set that he could crawl a way back into the match, but Murray was not going to let the opportunity of a gold medal pass him by, taking the set to beat the world number 1 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. It was a moment that centre court had longed for, and Murray was quick to celebrate with a ‘Pat Cash style’ climb up to his players box to thank and hug his team and his family.
It was a rare moment to see Roger Federer so comprehensively beaten in his own backyard and the opportunity for the 17 time grand slam winner to win an Olympic gold medal has now passed him by. Gracious as ever, Federer was able to crack a smile and congratulate Murray on his achievement almost encouraging Murray to take centre stage and celebrate his win. For Murray it was the highlight of his career so far, and if he fails to win the Wimbledon Championships he will have a unique moment to look back on and treasure that no other player will get the chance to emulate. He will now look to end his grand slam duck at the US Open in September with more confidence than ever in his ability to upset the 3 great players that stand in his way.
The only sour note on a magical day on centre court came in the mixed doubles final as Murray and Laura Robson were unable to overcome the Belarusian pair despite taking the first set. Laura Robson put in a great performance and can be proud of her silver medal as she cemented her name as the one to watch in the future of British tennis, but is was Murray who stole the show on day 9 of the games….well…at least before a certain Usain Bolt runs for the 100m title this evening!