Great Britain’s Andy Murray avenged his Wimbledon final defeat by Roger Federer in the finest possible way at the all england club this last weekend in the Olympic games of 2012.
Could it have been written better than a movie script or even the 2004 Wimbledon film than this way to have such high expectations of Andy Murray succeed in front of his home country?
Remember it was just 4 weeks ago in the Wimbeldon final Murray fell short of a first title after Roger Federer claimed his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.
Murray, the 25-year-old Dunblane, Scotland native mastered the second set, winning each of the first five games before Federer finally held. Federer earned a break point in the next game, but the set eventually belonged to Murray.
The 30-year old Federer looked much fresher than the younger Murray who may have had the edge in home court and youth, but Federer is undeniably one of if not the greatest tennis player of all time.
Roger Federer of Switzerland, who was coming off his marathon four-hour, 26-minute semifinal triumph over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, the longest match in Olympic tennis history.
“The biggest win of my life,” said Murray immediately after winning gold with a shocking 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win over Federer, the world’s No. 1 player.
He was asked if this gold medal meant more than winning Wimbledon would have.
“I got asked that question a lot before,” he said, in his slow, dry, quiet brogue. “I got asked it a lot this week. I would love to win Wimbledon, for sure. But this felt good. And I wouldn’t change this for anything right now, that’s for sure.” As you can see, Olympic champion Andy Murray captures buoyant mood of his nation.
While Roger Federer wins and loses on the same court only a month apart with practically the same career defining meaning of each match…should he win both. A gold medal is one of the few accomplishments missing from Federer’s overflowing resume.
So set aside the tennis prize money for a moment and the gold medal worth also. What is it about the tradition, its prestige, its history, the honor and greatness to hold that title as grand slam champion of Wimbeldon? Versus…being an Olympic champion, meaning the best tennis player in all the countries of the world as a gold medal winner. Which I ask is a better achievement for Andy Murray, or any player who has these titles held proudly with his or her name at the top?
Written by – Bryan Kreutz