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Murray wins gold and silver

Andy Murray underneath Union Jack with both Gold & Silver Medals Clive Brunskill/Getty

In what turned out to be a rather one-sided display, home ground favourite Andy Murray has taken home Olympic gold in the mens singles tournament.

After taking care of Serbian champ Novak Djokovic just a few days ago in a nail-biting 7-5, 7-5, the home crowd was wondering could Andy do it?

Murray has never won a grand slam tournament, coming agonisingly close on a few occasions. He remains a grand slam virgin, but he has claimed gold in the world’s biggest sporting event instead.

In the end, Murray simply outplayed opponent Roger Federer at every turn. He claimed nine consecutive games in a streak where he broke Federer’s serve four times in a row. The match progressed from 2-2 in the first set to 5-0 in the second without Murray dropping a game.

In a match that didn’t even last two hours, Murray won gold in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

The win comes less than a month after the Swiss Maestro took care of Murray in the Wimbledon final on the same courts.

The statistics really told the story, with the usually flawless Maestro notching up 31 unforced errors in comparison to his opponent’s 17. Murray was winning 75% of his net points, while Federer won a paltry 55%.

Murray was also maximising on the second serve of his opponent – Federer only won 37% of points off his second serve, compared to 63% for Murray.

With this historic win, Murray became the first British man to win a mens singles gold medal in over 100 years.

Just a few hours later, Murray returned to the courts to play off for gold in the mixed doubles with partner Laura Robson. Unfortunately the British pair had to settle for silver, with Belarus pair Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi taking home gold. The final score was 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.

But Andy Murray has finally notched a win in a major tournament. It may not be a grand slam, but Murray will never forget the day he won gold and silver medals at the Olympics.

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