Olympic glory for Murray

  • Last Updated: August 5 2012, 23:21 BST

Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets to clinch Olympic gold in the men's singles tennis final at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray: Clinched Olympic gold on Centre Court

The British number one gained revenge for his defeat at the hands of Federer in the Wimbledon final last month as he thrashed the world number one 6-2 6-1 6-4 in front of an ecstatic crowd on Centre Court.

Having inflicted Federer's heaviest-ever loss at the All England Club, Murray climbed into the players' box to embrace his family, including mother Judy, brother Jamie and girlfriend Kim Sears as he became the first Briton to win a men's singles gold medal since 1908 in what he called the biggest win of his life.

The one-sided nature of the scoreline was scarcely believable against the man who stopped the Scot becoming the country's first male Wimbledon champion for 76 years just 28 days earlier and who was seeking to enhance his claim to be the greatest player of all time by clinching a career golden slam.

Murray was roared on by the partisan home fans, entering to thunderous applause and deafening cheers, and receiving constant shouts and screams from stands.

The support certainly appeared to spur him on, the Scot producing some superb tennis to break twice as he took the first set before running through the second in even more convincing fashion having surged into a 5-0 lead.

Rain had threatened his chances, with Serena and Venus Williams taking gold against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in the women's doubles under the now well-used Centre Court roof.

But the showers held off throughout and Murray took full advantage, a single break proving sufficient in the third as he eventually wrapped things up in fitting style with an ace.

After sealing victory Murray sank to his knees, then made his now tell-tale "fingers to the air" gesture, before running up into the players' box.

He said: "It's number one for me - the biggest win of my life."

"The atmosphere was unbelievable. I spoke to (coach) Ivan Lendl after the Wimbledon final and he said to me 'you'll never play under more pressure than you did in the Wimbledon final'.

"I'm able to deal with the situations better now and I did, I felt much more comfortable on the court.

"The crowd helped me get a few extra miles an hour in the last couple of serves. I went for some big serves and I got them. It's worth it. I've had a lot of tough losses in my career, but this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final and I'll never forget it."

Murray admitted his surprise at the ease of his victory, adding: "At the start of the match he was playing very well. Once I got through that first set and held at 2-0 in the second after a long game I felt much better. But no way did I expect a scoreline like that."

Murray received his gold medal on court shortly after the match but had little time to celebrate the win as he prepared to go for double gold in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson. He lost that match and had to settle for a silver.

Federer insisted missing out on the singles gold medal, one of few honours still missing from his CV, was not a disaster.

A doubles gold medallist in Beijing four years ago, the Swiss said: "For me, it's been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became world number one again, and I got silver. Don't feel too bad for me. I am very, very proud honestly to have won a silver.

"Murray's an amazing player already. I thought he played a very, very good Wimbledon championship. So for me what I was happy to see is that he didn't have a let-down after the Wimbledon final. It's easy to come back, best-of-three, go out third round maybe. You just feel more horrible. But he didn't do that. He came, he won gold. I think this is how champions react."

Federer also suggested he could have one more crack at Olympic singles success in 2016, by which time he will be 34.

"I hope so," he replied when asked if he would compete in four years' time.

"I said it before the tournament that it's not impossible that I could take part in Rio. It's not front and centre in my mind. But, of course, I'd love an Olympic gold in singles."

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro handed Argentina their first medal of the London Games, and a first-ever Olympic tennis medal, as he beat Novak Djokovic in the bronze match.

Del Potro prevailed in a rain-delayed match on Court One, overcoming the Serb in straight sets, 7-5 6-4.