Roger Federer settled for silver when he lost in his first Olympic singles final against Andy Murray, who had Centre Court at Wimbledon rocking Sunday as he won a gold for the home team.
The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row, and won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.
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. Fans waved Union Jacks throughout.
Wins mixed doubles silver
Later on Centre Court, Murray failed in his attempt to secure two Olympic golds in one day, when he and mixed doubles partner Laura Robson were beaten by Belarusian top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.
The British pair lost 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in a champions’ tiebreak decider and had to settle for silver.