Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer four weeks ago in the Wimbledon final. He turned the tables on his opponent on Centre Court this time.
By Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports
WIMBLEDON, England - Andy Murray had Centre Court rocking Sunday, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.
The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer's serve four times in a row.
The victory marked a breakthrough for the Scotsman, who has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.
For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but still earned his first singles medal.
From the start, there was no doubting fans' loyalty as the crowd waved Union Jacks throughout.
Juan Martin del Potro won the bronze medal in Olympic tennis Sunday, beating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match at Wimbledon.
With his victory assured, Del Potro fell to the grass, covered his face with his hands and wept.
The Argentine has put in long hours on the grass courts at the All England Club. On Friday, he lost 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 19-17 to Federer in a semifinal that lasted 4 hours, 26 minutes. It was the longest three-set men's match of the Open era.