by Isi Esene
Exactly one month after Roger Federer beat Andy Murray to claim his 17th grand slam title on the same court, Murray, earlier today, returned with an army of flag-waving fans to defeat the world number one 6-2 6-1 6-4, to claim the Olympic gold medal.
The spectators chanted “Andy, Andy” as they spurred the Scot on to Olympic victory.
If Murray goes on to win the Olympic mixed doubles with partner, Laura Robson later today, he would become the first British tennis player after John Boland in 1896 to win two tennis gold medals at the same Games.
The pair will be facing Belarusian top seeds, Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi, with the knowledge they are at-least guaranteed a silver medal from the match.
Murray was clearly proud and elated about winning the tennis final, he draped himself in the Union Jack and sang along to the National Anthem with Federer and Bronze winning medalist Juan Martin Del Potro watching on.
Also today, the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 under the roof on a rainy afternoon in Wimbledon to win the Olympic female doubles tennis gold medal.
Serena said, “Venus has been going through so much and she’s so strong and so she’s so amazing. And to win this was my goal.”
With today’s victory, they each have a record four Olympic tennis gold medals, and the sisters didn’t drop a set through their five matches at the London Games.