Updated: 21/08/2012 14:00 | By pa.press.net

Murray still taking in Olympic glory



Andy Murray celebrates with his coaching staff after winning gold

Andy Murray celebrates with his coaching staff after winning gold

Andy Murray woke up after four hours' sleep, glanced at his tennis gold medal and realised it was not a dream - he had won the Olympics.

Four weeks after his Wimbledon final heartbreak, Murray turned the tables on Roger Federer in spectacular fashion to win the men's singles title 6-2 6-1 6-4, while he also picked up a silver medal in mixed doubles with Laura Robson.

Murray said: "It feels good. I'm a little bit tired, I didn't get much sleep last night but it was an amazing feeling to wake up and realise that it's not a dream, it's actually happened."

He added: "I felt weirdly calm afterwards. I can't remember exactly what I was thinking in those moments, maybe I couldn't believe it had happened. It's still sinking in now. I'm looking forward to just lying down, having a few moments to myself and taking it all in."

Murray followed in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in tennis as he climbed up to the players' box on Centre Court to celebrate with his friends and family, including girlfriend Kim Sears and mum Judy. On Sunday night, the Scot headed over to the Olympic Park for some well-earned relaxation.

He said: "I had my parents there, Leon Smith, who was one of my first coaches when I was 12 years old, through to the guys that I work with now. It was cool, it makes all of the work that you've done over the years feel worth it.

"There's a lot of people who've been involved in my career and a lot of them were there yesterday so it was nice to get to spend not only the moment winning with them but the evening afterwards as well."

Murray was also congratulated by his fellow players, who have watched him strive so hard for a first major title, and he revealed he received a message from Beijing gold medallist Rafael Nadal, who was forced to miss London through injury.

Along with Britain's other gold medallists, Murray now has a stamp bearing his picture and a postbox in his home town of Dunblane was painted gold.

The Scot said: "I saw the stamp last night. I heard the story about the postbox and didn't know whether it was true but I just saw a picture of it this morning, so it's quite cool. They're the sort of things that come with the big titles so it's a nice perk."

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08/08/2012 08:08
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CW you are a sad person TEAM GB have had a great result and ANDY MURRAY is part of it. Are you saying all our athletes have MM medals? SAD,SAD GIT.
08/08/2012 09:03
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Federer was Rogered good and proper--  let us not forget that Jockevitch was also destroyed in two sets by Andy---  Roger has been saying for for years how desperate he was for the Olympic Gold medal-- the one trophy missing from his collection-- now he will never have it-  let us not forget- that while Rog the podg was restingh up- Andy- played a quater final and a semi final in the doubles--
those of you who loathe Andy's success are sick to the stomach with his triumph-- brace yourselves to be truy nauseous-- more glory is to come--  Roger will never recover from this dreadful hiding-- 6-1   6-2   6-4   - straight sets...

08/08/2012 08:48
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It is hard to believe someone can write such rubbish. There are so many low life people around.         It's surprising no one as said it was fixed. Sad people.
08/08/2012 10:41
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It was really great that Murray won the gold but I have been very upset that absolutely no coverage has been given to Laura Robson for getting silver in the mixed doubles. Murray did not achieve this on his own and indeed it was said Laura was being targeted as she was the inexperienced player but you know what she more than held her own. So please lets be fair here and salute this young lady for all the hard work and dedication she gave and remember we dont have too many rising stars SO WELL DONE LAURA SO PROUD OF YOU AND SILVER IS A MEDAL NOT TO FROWNED AT even though in recent days gold seems to be the only thing that we're interested in.

 

 

08/08/2012 09:53
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happy that you are enjoying your Gold medal Andy...well deserved.
08/08/2012 10:34
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Murray beat Djokovic and Federer to win Olympic gold, did they both throw the matches?

 

Murray can take confidence from this achievement and use it to step up a level and win a grand slam. I'm sure it will happen this year. Put money on it in fact.

 

Also Andy Murray is not racist. He's Scottish and British, but certain types of English fuds (Ross Coley) probably just get on his t1ts....Just like the rest of us....

08/08/2012 09:50
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Well I have no time for the racist.  I savoured how he had to bow to the queen or go home etc. at SW19

 But credit where credit is due, he not only stood to attention for the anthem but sang the words too... yep the right words at that. Maybe he has grown up a lot, or just ben educated in ethics and decoram.   Mind it is Great Britains' anthem!, which most Scots want to stay apart of.

08/08/2012 13:53
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How can people continue to run down Andy Murray for something he was tricked into doing when he was 17 years old. How sad are these people?

GET A LIFE

08/08/2012 13:36
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Superman of tennis. Simply the best in BG and soon the world. Go get those grand Slams Andy. 
09/08/2012 18:24
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Andy's Gold painted post box in his home town of Dunblane has been Vandalised. What kind of Moron does that to their own countryman tennis hero?
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Why should someone,who doesn't believe in something,be villified for not singing about it,such as the 'national anthem' or when attending a church wedding,funeral or whatever?

 

The words of the national anthem,are,quite plainly stupid to the modern 'Brit',in the same way as words used in hymns are,it's this sort of dumb Victorian attitude,that stops progression,but then,we are living under 'conservative' rule at the moment,just think back to one Eric PICKLES & the,'prayers,before council meetings' issue.

 

Andy doesn't need to be villified,or even lip sync this outdated 'loony tune',he can quite simply,stand still & have a good laugh at it.

 

09/08/2012 15:49
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FYI an English postman who scribbled on a poster that Murray was a "useless jock" was arrested on racial aggrivation charges, convicted, ordered to serve 200 hours unpaid work as well as paying £3000 in court costs. His father has stomach cancer and doesn't recieve benefits so they have had to sell a house. Andy Murray openly says on national tele that he hates the English and he get's praise as well as a cheque from the British taxpayer so he doesn't have to work a proper job and can instead train to reach the semi finals of Wimbledon.

09/08/2012 11:19
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Have having a point made via Ally Mac, I will abort my views on Andy Murry,and leave the jury out ...

 

 But then whilst writing this I remember just last year how he made the point he wouldn't respect the Queen at SW19! Wouldn't  bow etc. to her..!

 Yes was told of course bow or go home, and quite rightly too. Yes one is entiotled to have the view one wants, but one accept the terms when entering into any competition. He wasn't just a upstart tricked via the press then was he! No he made the decision after thinking, and to make a statement. Indeed he did make an statement of intent, which he bottled out of. when he realised the queen was going to be on centre court. This makes him a two faced coward too that doesn't have the balls to live up to his convictions. So, I stand by my first beliefs after all. He hates the English ... and apparently is two faced even more as he may bemarrying an english girl. Now that is deceitful, dishonest and two faced.

08/08/2012 12:54
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thats all he will win ...the guys a complete plonker and has a spoiled brat attitude.....oh and im scottish before any of the 'bravehearts' jump on me
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Anyone ever wondered why all the Greats in Tennis lost to Murrary, yet when they are playing for Prize money and Tennis titles, they wipe the floor with Andy?

Simple. You could see Federer couldnt be bothered. Olympic gold medal, or a world title? Yeah. This was just practice.

Murrary never stands a chance in real Tennis and he knows it.
08/08/2012 13:41
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He's a racist and a Anglophobe. A horrid representation of Scottish people. He is also still missing a grand slam title...
08/08/2012 12:58
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Ally he is a racist. He hates the English, as he is often quoted.

 What part of 'As long as England are down' don't you understand.

 Refusing to acknowledge the Queen etc. etc shows he is also a very immature Scot. Most Scots, by and large nigh all are proud to be Scots, and British. They also respect the jobs, the chance to work when residing in England, their education and roofs over their heads. Also have manners for parents position that is VIa the English also. Time he, and you grew up! 

06/08/2012 16:54
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Did anyone else think that Federer looked out of sorts on the day?

 

08/08/2012 10:51
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Well, I am glad it is all done and dusted for Andy, he got his medal and didn't cry this time, it is sad to see a grown up man crying in center court year after year and not only that his MUM is always crying too, she can't understand why her beloved son is always losing big tournaments.  I am sure that Roger felt very bad watching his opponent crying on centre court.  Roger has got class and style and has been a fantastic player all these years, Poor ugly duckling Andy hasnt got it.

Don't bother sending me messages I am off.  Roger is a class ACT and cannot be taken away from him not even a Gold Medal.  SO GLAD TEAM GB has done a magnificent job and thanks to all the Yorkshire magnificent players that made it possible.

Best wishes
08/08/2012 09:46
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It's great Andy Murray won for team GB, but he can thank Federer.  Even Fed can't stand to see a grown man cry. Wimbeldon must have haunted him that he thought here Andy, have it.
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