Andy Murray wins gold medal in men’s tennis

Andy Murray proudly displays his gold medal and the flag of Britain. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images / August 5, 2012)

LONDON — With an emotional crowd cheering him on, Britain’s Andy Murray won the gold medal in men’s tennis at the London Olympics on Sunday, easily defeating Roger Federer.

The chants of “Andy! Andy! Andy” rang out during the third set at the All England Club as Murray inched toward the gold-medal finish line.

For Murray, it was the biggest victory of his career, coming about a month after his most-devastating moment, a crushing loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final.

This time, the adulation was supportive, not suffocating. Murray defeated Federer in overwhelming fashion, beating the seven-time Wimbledon champion, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, in a match just shy of two hours.

He never lost his serve. Or his nerve.

The victory set off waves of emotion in a place starving for a tennis champion. Murray is the first British man to win singles gold at the Olympics since 1908.

Murray called the victory “unbelievable.”

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