When the Olympic draw came up, Andy Murray was definitely among the favorites giving the high number of top player who chose not to compete in Rio. With Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic off the chart, a potential final between Murray and Djokovic was something likely probable. But things went on a different path, with the Serb star being stunned in the first round match by Juan Martin del Potro. That win gave wings to the Argentine player, and eventually, it was a final between del Potro and Murray. And the Scots prevailed thus securing his second gold medal in a row in men`s singles contest at the Olympics.

Murray faced a highly motivated player in the final.

Murray won the clash by beating del Potro in a 4 hours grueling match. The Olympic final is being played following the Grand Slam regulations meaning that for winning a match, a player must win at least 3 sets. In any other match, only 2 sets were necessary. To secure a spot in the final, Murray dispatched Key Nishikori in the semis by beating the Japanese in straight sets 6-1 6-4. On the other side, del Potro, who made a fabulous run in Rio, had a difficult task against Rafael Nadal. Still, the Argentine star made it to the final following a 3 hours battle.

The match was quite balanced in its first half. Murray won the opening set, but del Potro fought back to win the second act.

Then, Murray got the strings of the match and the fragile balance was disrupted. The Scot won the 3rd set in a solid manner by 6-2. In the 4th set del Potro put up a decent resistance making Murray push himself to the edge in order to secure the gold. Eventually, the Scots found the crack in del Potro`s defence and won the set by 7-5.

Murray's unique achievement.

By winning the gold medal in Rio, Andy Murray secures himself a legendary spot in Tennis history. There is no other player who can brag with 2 Olympic titles in men`s singles. As it stands now, his achievement will not be surpassed in the near future. Among the active player, only Nadal has an Olympic gold in men`s singles but the Spaniard has an uncertain future with all those injuries keep bothering him.

For Murray, the Olympic glory is some sort of retribution. In the ATP circuit, he was one of the prominent figures on the map, but he failed to extend his success in the Grand Slam events. He is the eternal runner-up with only 3 Grand Slam won and other 8 finals lost.

Don't miss our page on Facebook!