Andy Murray’s Olympic gold medal win over Roger Federer on the very court that Swiss world number one had broken his heart just 28 days earlier could have been more dramatic. But it could not have been more impressive. There’s nothing like a back-and-forth five setter to get the heart pumping but there was no time for nerves as he clinically disposed of Federer in two hours. Losing just seven games along the way.
Murray was unable to add mixed doubles gold a few hours later as he and Laura Robson lost in three sets to top seeds Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenko. A gold and a a silver is still a notable haul and beating Federer in a final at Wimbledon has been laden with significance.
Ever since making it to the third round in his first appearance at Wimbledon, the British public has been waiting for him to win a Grand Slam. Preferably the one in SW19.
The four Grand Slam finals he has lost have been heavily referenced and some have used those loses to cast doubt on his future prospects. A large chunk of that doubt has been lifted following Sunday’s win. Particularly for Andy.
They told me Britain hadn’t won an Olympic gold medal in tennis for over 100 years so when it comes to Wimbledon I’ll know it’s obviously possible to win something that hasn’t been done for a long time.
You know, when I look back on this match it will be one I’ll consider as the biggest win of my career. It’s definitely one of the best matches I’ve played.
I dealt with all the situations that were in front of me well. I took my chances and deserved to win.
The talk may be of repeating this success in next year’s Wimbledon, something the Scot is the 9/2 fourth favorite to do. However the US Open is the next Grand Slam event up and there are now plenty of reasons to believe he can make his break-through on the hard courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center next month.
Murray is the 7/2 joint second favorite and there would be something circular about him winning his first Grand Slam on the court where he lost his first big final in 2008. He experienced one of those quirks of the universe on Sunday, so why not? He also made it to the semi-final last year and with the confidence he will have gained from his Olympic gold this could be a very big year for the current world number four.
Wimbledon next year is a long, long way away and there’s a lot of tennis to be played before then. I hope I come into Wimbledon next year fit and healthy and give it another shot.
I would love to win Wimbledon, for sure. But this felt good. I wouldn’t change this for anything right now, that’s for sure.