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15th Aug 2016

Andy Murray pulls off Olympic gold… but everyone just cried about missed sleep

What you mean its best of FIVE this time?!

Carl Anka

Andy Murray made history last night, becoming the first man to win Olympic singles tennis gold on two occasions.

The two-time Wimbledon champion defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in a thrilling 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.

The four-hour encounter saw both men dig deep in the Rio heat. Serves were frequently broken as Murray eventually took a 3-2 lead in the fourth set before claiming victory.

It was an incredible win for the Scotsman, enjoying an incredible year following final appearances at the French and Australian Opens, along with his Wimbledon victory over Milos Raonic.

There was just one small problem with Murray’s win.

With the Olympic final match a best of five sets occasion like many Open Finals, Murray’s four set victory over Del Potro didn’t conclude until 1.04am GMT.

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Still, the match was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful tennis tournament in Rio. Of course, while fans were tired watching, it doesn’t quite compare to how tired Murray must have been playing.

And with Murray saying “Who knows about Tokyo? At 33, I’m not sure I’ll be at the same level”, this may just be one of the last times we get to savour a late night tennis win with the Great Scot.

Unless the US Open serves up something like the 2012 final again…

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