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Andy Murray stunned Roger Federer to win the Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon yesterday just 28 days after a gut-wrenching defeat saw the Brit in tears on centre court.
Murray did not drop a set, beating the world number one 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, in a one-sided encounter which showed the world Murray is capable of beating the big guns on the big occasions.
It was revenge for the Scot who lost the Wimbledon final to the Swiss just a month earlier on the same court.
“It’s number one for me – the biggest win of my life,” said Murray., who took inspiration from team GB’s performance on the athletics field on Saturday night.
“I have had a lot of tough losses in my career and this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final.”
Murray had beaten world number two Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the semi-final and looks to be in imperious form entering the American hard-court season.
Many believe this could be the boost the Brit needs to win his first grand slam.
He will now prepare for the final major of the year – the US Open – and will enter with renewed confidence.
“I hope this will give me the confidence to go there and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past,” said Murray, whose straight sets victory on Sunday was his first in five sets over Federer.
“Hopefully I can have a good run and give myself a shot at winning.
“I’ve had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I’m just glad I managed to put on a performance I’ve been waiting for.
“It was a huge match for me. It was a big match for Roger as well. I’m sure he would have wanted to win the gold – it’s one of the few things he hasn’t done in his singles career.
“To win today, in the way I did, makes those losses a little bit easier to take. It will help with the way I go into the [Grand Slam] matches and I hope it will make me a better player.”
Murray went on to claim a silver medal in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson. They lost in the championship tiebreak to number one seeds Victoria Azerenka and Max Mirnyi.