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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