Tennis veteran player Andy Murray from Great Britain wins his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men’s singles tennis tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Despite having 45 unforced errors and 44 forced errors, the flag bearer of Great Britain, still managed to win the Olympic final round game in 4 hours and 2 minutes duration. Andy Murray defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina three sets to one by the score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, and 7-5.
Aside from his brilliant tactics and strategies, Andy Murray also showcased his superb service as he got 10 total aces as compared to Del Potro’s 3 aces.
This is the second straight Olympic gold medal for Murray after winning the 2012 London Olympics, four year ago where he defeated the currently injured Roger Federer in straights sets by the score of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4.
The world number two is the first tennis player to win two Olympic gold medals in singles tournament. Fellow tennis superstars Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are yet to win one. Rafael Nadal won the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal in same event.
Speaking of Rafael Nadal, he failed to get the bronze medal in men’s singles. He was defeated by the Japanese player Kei Nishikori in three thrilling sets by the score of 2-6, 7-6(1) and 3-6.
Although, Nadal lost in the men’s singles event, he was able to bring glory for his country by winning the Olympic gold medal in men’s doubles. He teamed up with the another talented tennis player, Marc Lopez.
The 29-year-old, Andy Murray, was born in Glasgow, United Kingdom, on May 15, 1987. He turned professional in 2005. In 2012, aside from winning the gold medal at the London Olympics, he also claimed his first Grand Slam title with a stellar run at the U.S. Open. In 2013, Murray outlasted the field at Wimbledon to become the tournament’s first British men’s singles champion since 1936. He won his second Wimbledon title in 2016.
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