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Murray magic for Team GB

2012-08-05 20:01
Britain's Andy Murray kisses his gold medal on the podium of the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London. (Elise Amendola, AP)

London - Andy Murray rode a wave of British euphoria Sunday as he routed Roger Federer for Olympic tennis gold, while Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake prepared for a 100m sprint billed as the fastest race in history.

A day after the hosts clocked up six golds - their best Olympic performance in more than a century - Murray kept the shocks rolling as he overpowered Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon.

Just four weeks after losing to the Swiss at the same venue, denying Britain a first men's grand slam singles win in 76 years, Murray was crying tears of joy as he climbed into the stands to celebrate with his girlfriend and mother.

"This is one of the biggest wins of my life," Murray said. "I have had a lot of tough losses in my career and this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final."

Almost incredibly, Murray can win two golds in one day when he partners Laura Robson in the mixed doubles final. That would match Serena Williams, who won the women's doubles with her sister Venus, a day after her singles triumph.

The Americans beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4 to claim their third Olympics doubles title.

"There's something about standing next to Venus and holding that gold medal," Serena said. "Three times we've played, three times we've got the gold medal. So we are pretty stoked about it."

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