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Live updates: Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer to win men's singles tennis gold medal

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 5, 2012 09:13 AM

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WIMBLEDON -- Andy Murray prevailed on the court where he was a runner-up just a month ago, winning the gold medal against the same opponent who defeated him at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over an oddly overmatched Roger Federer.

Murray, who desperately wanted to become the first Brit to win the Wimbledon men's singles title since 1938, exacted some measure of revenge against Federer Sunday, winning nine games in a row at one point stretching over the first set and into the second.

He closed it out in style, with three consecutive aces, then dropped to his knees as the adoring crowd chanted his name.

"The atmosphere was unbelievable. I didn't feel that nervous, strangely,'' he said after becoming Great Britain's first men's singles gold medal winner since 1908. "They helped me get a few miles per hour on my served at the end there."

11:16: Ace. And like that, it's over. Andy Murray beats Roger Federer, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win the men's singles gold medal. Amazing.

11:13: And then another. 40-15. Match point.

11:12: Murray's long on a looping return, and it's 15-15, but he follows with a blistering ace to go up 30-15.

11:10: Federer holds serve -- 5-4, Murray.

11:08: Federer serving to try to stay alive in the match after Murray wins his fifth game of the set with a little touch shot at the net.

11:05: Murray whacks a backhand into the net, and Federer holds to make in 4-3.

11:00 It's taking on the feeling of inevitability, with Murray taking a 4-2 lead in the third set, winning the last point on a crosscourt forehand just inside the line.

10:55: Murray goes up 3-2, breaking Federer's serve with a lasered cross-court backhand. If he wins this thing in three sets, there's your pivotal moment.

10:53: Federer and Murray both hold serve, and it's 2-2 in the third set.

10:45: Federer gets the first one of the third set, serving to love, but Murray counters by doing the same.

10:40: Murray holds serve, with Federer returning game point long, and Murray wins the second set, 6-1. What's up with Federer? Perhaps its the swirling wind, though it's had no effect on the Scotsman Murray. And his serve has been erratic. But losing 12 of 15 games? Hard to fathom.

10:36: Federer has one answer, holding to win his first game in the last nine.

10:31: Murray, 5-0. Federer has no answers.

10:27: Federer double-faults on break point, and Murray is up 4-0 in the second set. Now there's something you never expect to see.

10:20: If Murray wins this thing, the third game of the second set may well be considered the pivotal moments. He survived six break points, finally beating Federer when the Wimbledon champ's return sailed long, and he's won seven straight games. His court coverage has been better than Federer's, and his forehand has not failed him. Extraordinary performance so far.

10:07: Beautiful exchange of shots ends with Murray ripping a cross-court forehand past Federer to go up, 2-0, in the second set. Dare we say Federer looks rattled? He's lost six straight games. Unusual amount of unforced errors, especially at the net. Or is this when he turns it on?

10:00: Murray wins the first game of the second set, acing Federer at 40-15. Federer looked annoyed on a late "out!" call that made it 40-15, but replay showed it was long.

9:55: Which one of these guys is the machine again? Murray breaks Federer's serve and wins the set, 6-2, the winning point coming on a lasered backhand down the line. Missed opportunity for Federer came when he hit into the net at 15-15 with open court in front of him.

9:52 A pair of aces after getting to deuce, and Murray is up 5-2. Pretty effective way of holding serve right there.

9:45 Murray's aggressiveness is paying off so far. He goes up 4-2 on Federer, getting the advantage after deuce with a ripped forehand, then breaking his serve on the unforced error. The crowd keeps getting louder, and Murray is thriving.

Checking in from the men's singles final at suddenly sunny Wimbledon, where the great Roger Federer is going for his first Olympic gold medal -- he's 0 for 3 in his career -- against favorite son Andy Murray, the Brit who lost a memorable final to Federer less than a month ago on this same court.

Earlier, Serena and Venus Williams provided a terrific opening act on Centre Court, winning the women's doubles title over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 6-4, 6-4. That, too, was a rematch from Wimbledon.

Murray has the crowd behind him -- cheers of "Go, Andy!" -- punctuate every break between points, and he's up 3-2 in the first set. But Federer isn't exactly the type to get fazed by such things. Stay right here to see whether Murray can get a bit of redemption for Wimbledon, or whether Federer will get the singles gold he covets.

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