Andy Murray has often been cast as the outsider in an era of tennis dominated by three players.
While Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have all won numerous Grand Slam titles, Murray's accomplishments have been limited to simply making a final.
Andy Murray was in top form on Sunday on Centre Court.
But on Sunday, Murray finally got to stand on top.
The 25-year-old Scot defeated Federer at the All-England Club in convincing fashion, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, to earn a gold medal at the London Olympics.
Murray, playing in front of a spirited crowd that were waving the Union flag, was clearly the more aggressive player, and he never allowed Federer to get comfortable. The Centre Court crowd thundered in applause, as Great Britain's best male tennis player earned glory.
It was a memorable day for men's tennis. The perennial underdog finally got the best of one of the game's titans on a grand stage. Murray's return of serve was effective, as he broke Federer's serve four times in a row, and his passing shots were particularly strong.
The Olympic tournament was an efficient one for Murray. He defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the semifinals on Friday, and then thrashed Federer two days later. It was clear by Murray's reaction after the win that he finally fulfilled his promise.
"I've had a lot of tough losses in my career," Murray said. "This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I'll never forget it."
Federer, who was probably rather fatigued following his 19-17 third-set semifinal win Friday, was unable to hold off an inspired tennis star, performing at his best in front of a boisterous crowd.
It was a disappointing result for Federer, as the Swiss legend was denied a gold medal, and a "career grand slam." The 30-year-old may have played his last Olympics.
"Andy looked like he was never doubting himself," Federer said. "He had a clear plan."
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