Rio 2016 Olympics: Andy Murray beats Juan Martin del Potro to defend title
Andy Murray reflects on his victory over Juan Martin del Potro to give him Rio 2016 glory and his second Olympic gold medal
Andy Murray has become the first tennis player in history to defend their Olympic title after a four sets victory over Juan Martin del Potro at Rio 2016.
Murray triumphed 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 in just over four hours as added Rio 2016 gold to his London 2012 singles victory and mixed doubles silver.
The gold completes a memorable Games for the 29-year-old, who led Team GB into the Opening Ceremony after being nominated Flagbearer – the first British tennis player to do so.
“Carrying the flag was an amazing experience and I found it quite emotional,” said Murray.
“The day after I had to regroup and get my mind on the matches so to finish it with a match like that was very emotional too. I’m just very happy that I got over the line tonight.
“Tonight was one of the hardest matches that I’ve had to play for a big title. I think the US Open final when I played Novak to win my first slam was very hard but tonight I found it really difficult. Emotionally it was tough, physically it was hard with so many ups and downs in the match.
“At the time London was the first time I had won a major event and it was a home Olympics. It was an amazing couple of weeks after losing the Wimbledon final just a few weeks before but as I say this was much harder than London. The match there was much more straightforward in terms of the score line but tonight anything could have happened. This one means a lot.
“The fact that it [winning two Olympic gold medals] has never been done before shows it’s a very difficult thing to do and I’m very proud to have been the first one to have done it.
“It’s not easy especially in four years for a tennis player. I’ve had back surgery since London and so many things can change – my ranking dropped and I’ve gone through some tough times off the court, so I’m happy that I’m still here competing for the big events.”