Already the first three games of the night session final, indicated it’d be a long affair – they lasted 27 minutes. Murray led 4:1*, then escaped from 0/30 at 4-all. In the 4th set he was a break down three times, two points away from losing the set at 4:5*, but ultimately he won the 4-hour battle on his second match point forcing Del Potro’s backhand error (the same happened in the end of their very similar 4-set battle at the US Open #). Murray becomes the first man in history to win two gold medals in singles having previously won the first gold four years ago in London, but two players before him had also won two gold medals at the Olympics (Nicolas Massu won gold medals in singles & doubles – partnering Fernando Gonzalez – in Athens 2004 while Rafael Nadal triumphed in singles in Beijing 2008 & in doubles a day before Murray in Rio, along with Marc Lopez).
Murray’s (Great Britain) route to his 2nd Olympic Gold Medal:
1 Viktor Troicki (SER) 6-3, 6-2
2 Juan Monaco (ARG) 6-3, 6-1
3 Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
Q Steve Johnson (USA) 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(2)
S Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-1, 6-4
W Juan M. Del Potro (ARG) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
# Comparison of their two similar four-setters:
US Open ’08 (Q): Murray d. Del Potro 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5… 3:58 hrs… Total points: 154-149… Breaks: 7-7
Olympics ’16 (F): Murray d. Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5… 4:00 hrs… Total points: 141-128… Breaks: 8-6
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