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Golden boy: Murray is Olympic champion

2:23 PM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
Gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's Singles Tennis match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012. Murray defeated Roger Federer in the gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)q
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WIMBLEDON, UK -- Andy Murray avenged a loss to Roger Federer in last month's Wimbledon final with a convincing straight-set victory over the world No. 1 Swiss star Sunday in the gold medal match at the storied All England Club.

The third-seeded Brit recorded 27 winners in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 thrashing of the 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer on Centre Court.

Federer claimed his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title four weeks ago, but on Sunday he committed an uncharacteristic 31 unforced errors -- 14 more than Murray -- and had his serve broken five times. Murray, meanwhile, fought off all nine break points he faced, including six in the third game of the second set.

Murray, who is 0-4 in Grand Slam finals, went up 4-2 in the opening set when he converted his second break point. Federer had failed to capitalize on three game points after rallying from 0-30 down. Murray then sent a backhander down the line to close out the first set with another break.

The 25-year-old Dunblane, Scotland native dominated the second set, winning each of the first five games before Federer finally held. Federer earned a break point in the next game, but the set eventually belonged to Murray.

Federer, who was coming off his marathon four-hour, 26-minute semifinal triumph over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, was broken again and fell behind 2-3 in the third set when he wasn't able to return Murray's crosscourt backhand.

They held the rest of the way, and Murray secured his 23rd career title with consecutive aces.

Meanwhile, an eighth-seeded del Potro rebounded from Friday's heart-wrenching loss to Federer to capture the bronze with a 7-5, 6-4 win over second-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic on Court 1.

Del Potro became the first Argentine man to capture an Olympic singles medal in tennis.

Djokovic won the bronze in 2008.

(The Sports Network)

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