Murray unable to double up
Tennis:Britain's Andy Murray recovered from last month's Wimbledon heartache to beat Switzerland's Roger Federer and claim Olympic gold on Centre Court on today, but was unable to add another in the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson.
Belarusian mixed doubles duo Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi proved too strong for the British pair, who began brightly but ultimately lost 3-6 6-3 10-8.Murray's defeat of Federer made for far better viewing for the home support on Centre Court.
Exactly four weeks after Federer reduced Murray to tears by beating him to claim a 17th grand slam title on the same court, the Scot returned with an army of flag-wavers to hammer the world number one 6-2 6-1 6-4.
With the din shaking the tennis citadel to its foundations, Murray clambered into the seats to embrace his girlfriend, parents and coaching team before sprinting back to the hallowed turf, leaping into the air as the crowd went wild.
"This is the biggest win of my life," world number four Murray, who has yet to win a grand slam title, told the BBC. "This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final ... I felt so fresh."
A crestfallen Federer walked off the court where he won seven Wimbledon crowns, knowing defeat had virtually ended his chances of completing the "golden career slam" - all four grand slam titles and the Olympic singles crown - as he will be 34 when the Games moves on to Rio de Janeiro in four years.
The decibel level went up another notch as the players returned to court for the medal ceremony - this time Murray holding back the tears during the anthem.
Apart from going 15-40 down in the first game of the match Murray was as close to perfection it is possible to be on a tennis court, producing a display of power, precision and touch that not even Federer could match.
From the moment that Murray moved 4-2 ahead in the first set he barely gave Federer a look-in, rattling off nine games in a row to seize complete control of the final.
Murray went for the jugular in the third set, breaking for a 3-2 lead with a searing backhand and marched on to victory with chants of "Andy, Andy" ringing around the court.
Federer offered a little late resistance but was powerless to prevent his worst loss at Wimbledon since 2002 when he was beaten in straight sets by Croatia's Mario Ancic.
Juan Martin del Potrowon the bronze medal for Argentina after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic.
Murray can later become the first British tennis player to win two gold medals at the same Games since John Boland in 1896 if he triumphs in the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson.