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Andy Murray beats Roger Federer for Olympic gold

Andy Murray won Great Britain's 16th gold medal Sunday in a historic match against Federer.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Men's Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Murray defeated Federer in the Gold medal match in straight sets 2-6, 1-6, 4-6. (Clive Brunskill/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Murray beat Roger Federer on the tennis courts Sunday, garnering Great Britain's 16th gold medal in London's Olympic games. 

Murray is the first British man since 1908 to win an Olympic medal for tennis since Josiah Ritchie, who won the men's single's gold.

The British tennis player beat Federer on home turf with a "stunning" straight-sets victory of 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, British sports site Sports Mole reported

Federer triumphed over Murray at Wimbledon back in July, and the face-off between the two was one of the most highly-anticipated of the Games. 

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"It's amazing," Murray said to the historic victory, BBC News reported. "I didn't expect that. I was a bit tired after Wimbledon but I felt so fresh on the court today. I didn't feel nervous or anything.

"I've had a lot of tough losses in my career but this was the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final," he continued. "I will never forget it."

Murray has to contain his excitement quickly, however: he heads into the mixed doubles finals next with partner Laura Robson, BBC Sport reported. The pair will face Belarusians Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.

Also on Sunday, Venus and Serena Williams won their third gold medal for the United States in women's doubles tennis, CBS News reported

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