And this time it was Andy Murray that struck gold at Wimbledon. He beat Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final. Had Federer won, he would have accomplished his career Golden Slam. Murray won nine games back to back, breaking Federer’s serve four times consecutively.
This was special for Murray, who had previously lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three of which were against Federer.
The crowd was on Murray’s side and Murray didn’t disappoint them. When the Centre Court roof opened before the final and Federer made his entrance, he got a standing ovation. When Murray entered, the crowd broke into an endless applause and kept roaring.
With Federer dressed in red and Murray in blue, the tournament was colorful in more ways than one. The crowd kept cheering “An-dy! An-dy”. Every time Federer won a point, the crowd applauded, but it roared when Murray scored a point. It was clear where the crowd’s loyalty lied.
Just four weeks ago, Murray had broken down into tears unable to fetch the men’s championship for Britain. But four weeks later, it was Murray’s moment of glory and what a moment it was. Murray called it “the biggest win of my life.”
"This is a dream for Murray,"said on the BBC.
Britain’s athletes have a gold rush going on for them and Andy wanted the same.
"Andy wanted to be part of that," former British tennis star Tim Henman said. "He wanted to continue to gold rush."
"It's worth it," Murray said, speaking about his losses. "I've had a lot of tough losses in my career, but this is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I'll never forget it."
The crowd’s constant cheering for Murray must have gotten to Federer. After the match, he said he had faced tougher crowds, but Murray’s confidence did come from the crowd support. Once he got the lead, "he never looked back," Federer said.
"They helped me get a few extra miles an hour the last couple of serves," Murray said.
As disappointing as it was for Federer, it was Murray’s day. Winning an Olympic gold medal in London – you don’t get that opportunity often -, is indeed an achievement of Murray.