Andy Murray produced one of the performances of his life to claim an Olympic gold medal. The Scot demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1. 6-4 to register the biggest win of his career so far.
Just 28 days ago Murray faced the same opponent in the Wimbledon final. After a promising start he lost, but an emotional post-match speech captured the hearts of a nation.
Murray has long been criticised for his passive counter-punching game. It's a style that has taken the Scot as high as number two in the world, but which has often come up short against the very best players. That was the "old" Murray. Under the steely gaze of Ivan Lendl the Scot has developed attacking instincts and, crucially, the self belief to deploy them.
Today marked the culmination of this progression. Murray dominated Federer from the baseline, cracking winners from both wings and refusing to let the Swiss dictate play. Crucially, the Scot refused to back down when under pressure. Where before he'd have reverted to defensive play, he remained aggressive.Read more (228 words)
The opening stages of the match looked promising for Swiss supporters. Federer came out guns blazing, immediately earning two break points on Murray's serve. The Scot snuffed them out and started to settle into the match. Service holds came and went until, in the sixth game, Federer coughed up a series of unforced errors. Murray capitalised and broke the Swiss for a 4-2 lead. The Scot didn't look back, breaking again to take the set.
Murray had been in the same position in the Wimbledon final only to see victory slip away. Thankfully for Team GB there was to be no repeat. After earning an early break and surviving six break points on his own serve the Scot accelerated away from his opponent and cantered to victory.
This was a hugely impressive performance from Murray. It remains to be seen if this result will open the door to a first Slam (much as winning the Davis Cup kicked Djokovic's career to new heights), but so far, so good.
Mixed doubles: Murray later contested the mixed-doubles final with Laura Robson. After a promising start against the Belarus pair, Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka, the British duo fell away in the second set. During a tight champions' tiebreak, the all-court quality of the top seeds shone through, as they took the title 2-6 6-3 10-8. However, Murray and Robson will be more than happy with their silver medals.