After playing in what he has described as “the greatest match of my life” against Roger Federer to win Olympic Gold yesterday afternoon, Andy Murray isn’t willing to trade in his medal for a Grand Slam win, even that ever-elusive Wimbledon Singles title.
Often described as the greatest player never to win a Grand Slam tournament, a few hours ago Murray showed true brilliance on court as he made quick work of the world number 1 player. Taking place on the hallowed Centre Court at the All England Tennis Club, this was the very spot where an emotional Murray lost out on the 2012 Wimbledon title to Federer just four weeks earlier. Murray’s confident and historic Olympic win is likely to be the catalyst he needs to finally achieve a first Grand Slam singles title.
“When it comes to Wimbledon, at least now I’ll know it is possible to win something…I hope this will give me confidence to believe in myself more and give me a shot at winning a grand slam.”
The flawless singles final also brought with it a more personal triumph for the Scot. His recovery from the bitter loss of the Wimbledon title and the general improvement in his game and ability no doubt is equally as important to Murray as the hardware hanging around his neck – “I have lost some tough matches and had a lot of questions asked about me many times. I’m just glad I put on the performance that I have been waiting for.” And even though he couldn’t quite reach the same levels of brilliance with Laura Robson during the Mixed Doubles finals, achieving a silver medal hours after the potentially exhausting match against Federer was no easy ride.
As much as Murray’s game has improved this season he and the rest of the Team GB athletes have thrived on both the partisan atmosphere of the home crowds and spectators at the Olympics and the successes of their fellow athletes. Telling reporters that he was inspired by the gold-winning performances of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah during the Athletics events last night, Murray described how it gave him “the motivation to try and win that gold.”