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Murray upsets Federer to capture Olympic Gold

Aug 10th, 2012
Staff Writer

Andy Murray || Photo credit: Wikimedia CommonsSunday, August 5th, marked a historic day in English tennis and olympic history. Andy Murray, the number one British male tennis athlete, swept sets against the greatest tennis player to of all time, Roger Federer. The number-one ranked tennis player in the world, Roger was kept from obtaining the last piece of his tennis championship collection: Olympic gold.

Andy's win marked the first time since 1908 that the United Kingdom has captured a tennis gold, according to Olympic.org. From the first serve, Murray was determined, winning the first game and only dropping two service-game wins for Federer before breaking twice and gaining a one set love advantage.

After a 6-1 second set, Murray was well poised to avenge his loss just one month earlier at the Wimbledon final. Murray had looked ready then, too, but after winning the first set 7-5, Fed turned things around and won three in a row for his seventeenth Grand Slam title, according to RogerFederer.com.

But Andy Murray capitalized on Federer’s inability to convert on any of his nine break point opportunities, using an 80% winning percentage off of first serves, according to London2012.com, to capture the Olympic tennis gold for Great Britain. The two will next meet along the United States Open Tour, potentially fighting it out again for the final Grand Slam of the year: the US Open.

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