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Olympic tennis: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer for gold

Talia RalphGlobalPost.com

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. 

"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