With the ardent energy of the London crowd at his ‘home turf’ at Wimbledon, Andy Murray was victorious in achieving gold for Great Britain in three straight sets against world number one Roger Federer.
From early on in the match, Murray proved to be the dominating force of the grand final as he broke Federer’s service game on two occasions. This placed him in a comfortable position ahead of his Swiss opponent in the first set; finishing on top with a score of 6-2.
Federer, whose body was perhaps still in recovery after a demanding semi final match against Juan Martin Del Potro only two days prior that lasted a staggering four hours and 26 minutes, had difficulty returning Murray’s cross court back hand shots. He also began making too many unforced errors.
This initial success allowed the Scot to approach the second set with an air of confidence as he had already demonstrated the extent of his capabilities and a sense of self-belief to achieve great results.
He certainly did not let up in the following two sets, defeating Federer in a remarkable 6-1, 6-4 wowing the elated home crowd.
While at the Wimbledon grand final last month Murray failed to rise to break-point opportunities, this time around he seemed to be in the right mindset; focused on settling for nothing short of gold.
“I felt so fresh on the court today,” Murray said after the match.
Coming to an apparent loss for words so as to give justice to the way he was feeling, he repeatedly uttered in disbelief that this achievement was “just amazing”. His determination in his game was especially commendable since only 28 days prior it was this very same opponent who had defeated him at Wimbledon.
After the ultimate personal victory of winning gold in the men’s singles draw, Murray was also successful in the mixed doubles tournament whereby he together with Laura Robson achieved the silver medal.
This huge triumph will possibly provide Murray with a mental advantage over his fellow competitors, with the knowledge that he is capable of victory when he next finds himself faced with challenging matches against such tennis greats as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in future tournaments. Murray now holds 9 wins to Roger’s 8, placing him in a position of superiority that may provide the Scot with a well-earned sense of confidence in himself.
“I hope this will give me the confidence to go (to Grand Slams) and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past,” said Murray.
Originally published at The SportingJournal.