London: Andy Murray won the London Olympics men’s singles gold medal at Wimbledon on Sunday evening. He defeated Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in a rematch of the Wimbledon final few weeks ago. Excerpts from an interview:
On winning the gold medal: "It's definitely easier winning the final than losing. It was quite tough conditions, quite windy, but I did well. That's number one for me. The biggest win of my life. This week's been absolutely incredible so far, I've had a lot of fun. I felt so fresh on the court today. I didn't feel nervous really at all apart from at the beginning of the match."
On the crowd support: "The atmosphere was unbelievable. I spoke to Ivan Lendl after the Wimbledon final and he said to me you'll never play under more pressure than you did in the Wimbledon final. I'm able to deal with the situations better now and I did, I felt much more comfortable on the court. They (the crowd) helped me get a few extra miles an hour the last couple of serves. I went for some big serves and I got them. The whole week has been amazing. It's worth it. 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.
On winning an Olympic gold medal compared with a Grand Slam: "It's definitely different. I've won an Olympic gold medal, I haven't won a Grand Slam. I know how this feels and it feels great. I've lost some tough matches in some tough finals and that's hurt me a lot. I think tennis in the Olympics is getting better each time it's played because all the top players are playing now. For me it's the biggest win of my life."
On his performance against Federer: "I was expecting it to be an incredibly tough match every time I play him especially in the big matches he's played so well and made it so difficult for me. At the start of the match he was playing very well. Once I got through that first set and held at 2-0 in the second after a long game I felt much better. But no way did I expect a scoreline like that."