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williams sisters win historic fourth gold medal





RITAIN'S Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic men's final on Sunday to win his first gold medal and avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world number one. Just four weeks after breaking down in tears when Federer shattered his hopes of a first Wimbledon title, Murray returned to Centre Court to rout the Swiss great in just one hour and 56 minutes. Murray, who has denied Federer a coveted first singles gold, could yet finish the Games with two gold medals as he will be back in action in the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson against Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus later on Sunday. It is the greatest moment of Murray's career to date and just reward for an astonishing display that must rank alongside the best ever seen on the sport's most hallowed court. The 25-year-old Scot, beaten in three Grand Slam finals by Federer, has been in superb form all week, but even he can't have dreamed he would win gold like this. Not only did the world number four do it by beating the Swiss for the first time since 2010, Murray also handed the 17-time Grand Slam winner his heaviest defeat in a major final since Rafael Nadal thrashed him for the loss of just four games in the 2008 French Open final. For Federer, a doubles gold medallist with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008, this final was meant to be the crowning glory of his career. Instead, Federer, who will be 35 by the

london: great Britain's Andy murray (C), Switzerland's roger Federer (r) and Argentina's Juan martin del Potro pose after receiving their gold, silver and bronze medals respectively, at the end of the men's singles tennis match of the london 2012 olympic games. afp time the Rio Games are in full swing in 2016, may wonder if he will ever get a chance to win the Golden Slam of all four majors and singles gold. Murray had hoped the final would be staged with the Centre Court roof open as he felt his Wimbledon defeat was in part due to Federer thriving after a switch to indoor play when rain hit when the match was level at one-set all. He got his wish as the heavy rain that lashed the All england Club earlier in the day relented just before the scheduled start. And when Murray gave Federer two

break points in the opening game, his response to the crisis, a series of perfectlyplaced winners, was symbolic of his impressive form this week. The Scot's newfound maturity and increased muscularity are a potent package and he set about Federer with controlled fury in the sixth game. A fine serve from Federer saved the first of two break points, but Murray came up with a searing return on the next and the Swiss could only direct his forehand into the net. everything that Federer threw at Murray was sent back with interest by the Scot, who clinched the first set with a second break when he smashed a backhand winner down the line. Murray had taken the first set in the Wimbledon final as well before missing a chance to break in the second and then running out of steam. He wasn't going to make the same mistake again. In the second game of the second set,

Federer put an easy smash into the net before the Scot enjoyed a slice of luck as two net cords in quick succession went his way to secure the break. Federer tried to stem the tide in the next game, an epic struggle that featured six break points for the Swiss. But Murray wouldn't be denied and found the right response on each occasion. The Swiss great had never been given such a torrid time on his favourite Centre Court. He looked shell-shocked by Murray's assault and served a double-fault on break point in the next game to give the Scot his eighth successive game. With the second set in the bag, Murray kept his foot on the gas in the third and delivered the knockout blow when he produced a stunning winner to break for a 3-2 lead. Federer had nothing left in response and Murray sealed the win with two thunderous aces before clambering into the players' box to embrace his family and backroom staff.

Venus and Serena Williams became the first tennis players to win four Olympic golds on Sunday after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon. The Williams sisters had already won doubles gold at the Sydney Games in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, while Venus claimed the singles gold in Sydney and Serena won her first individual gold on Saturday after crushing Maria Sharapova in the women's final. Venus and Serena also joined Spain's Conchita Martinez, who won silver in 1992 and 2004 and bronze in 1996, as the only tennis players to win medals at three different Olympics. As well as dominating for over a decade on the singles tour, Venus and Serena are a formidable doubles team -- they have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles as well as their three Olympic golds -and they were just too strong for the Czechs in a match played under the Centre Court roof due to rain. Hlavackova and Hradecka won their first Grand Slam title at the French Open earlier this year and had dropped just one set en route to the Olympic final. But Venus and Serena's record against the Czech fourth seeds -- they had won all four meetings including the Wimbledon final last month -- hardly suggested an upset was on the cards. The American sisters made an ominous opening as they broke in the first game of the match. Hlavackova and Hradecka battled gamely to get back in the match, but Venus and Serena saved a break point at 5-4 to take the set. Nothing was going to stop the sisters claiming their record haul of golds and they landed the decisive break in the fifth game of the second set. It was left to Serena to close out the win. With her serve so deadly at present, the result was never in doubt and the sisters were soon hugging in triumph.

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