Britain's Andy Murray defeated Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 Sunday in the gold medal match at the Summer Olympics in London, avenging his loss at Wimbledon last month to the world No. 1.
The Scotsman dominated Federer from the start and needed just one hour and 56 minutes to end the Swiss star's dream of completing the so-called Golden Slam by winning all four majors and the Olympic gold in tennis.
The 30-year-old Federer beat Murray on July 8 in the Wimbledon final 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, winning his 17th major title and 7th title at the All England Club, where the Olympic tennis competition
The 25-year-old Murray was trying to become the first British man to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
Federer was coming off a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 19-17 win Friday in the semifinals against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.
The marathon match, which clocked in at four hours and 26 minutes, was the longest three-set singles match in Open Era history (since 1968), although more games were played last week in Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 second-round win over Canada's Milos Raonic.
Del Potro, for his part, won Argentina's fourth Olympic medal in tennis on Sunday, defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in the bronze medal match.
"The feelings are of joy, it's spectacular and what happened today is pretty big for the country. I hope they enjoy it with me," Del Potro said.
The Argentine star took his loss in the semifinals hard, shedding tears as he congratulated Federer at the net and needing some time to compose himself.
"I don't know if it's historic, but it's going to be there forever that there is a medal in tennis, even if it's a bronze. It's also important that I recovered after the sadness, how I went out there to play one of the best in the world," Del Potro said. EFE