It was 6-2, 2-0 to Murray but Federer had 30-40 to break back and sat on a backhand pass that he let rip with every ounce of whip, spin and speed that his single hander could muster. On so many occasions, that backhand has flown in, the opponent's bubble has been pricked and Federer finds his way back into a game that his opponent has dominated. Not today. Today Andy Murray stuck out his racquet, somehow deadballed it off the middle of his racquet and the ball flopped on the other side leaving Federer with no chance.
No chance was exactly what Federer had today as Andy Murray played the match of his life to out gun and out play arguably the greatest player in tennis history to claim a most deserved and satisfying Olympic Gold. The Brit took the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 finishing it all in perfect style with an ace in front of a vociferous home crowd that paid full tribute to Murray's fabulous display. Murray broke the final wide open with a 9 game streak through the first and second sets before breaking early in the third to hammer the final nail in the Federer coffin as he sailed home in style. For Federer it was somehow not to be as the one item missing from his overcrowded trophy cabinet continues to remain desperately out of reach.