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Olympics: Murray routs Federer to take gold

Published on Aug 6, 2012 6:00 AM
Great Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on Aug 5, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic men's final on Sunday to win his first gold medal and avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world number one.

Just four weeks after breaking down in tears when Federer shattered his hopes of a first Wimbledon title, Murray returned to Centre Court to rout the Swiss great in just one hour and 56 minutes.

Murray, who has denied Federer the first singles gold of his illustrious career, could yet finish the Games with two gold medals as he will be back in action in the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson against Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus later on Sunday.