Only words of high praise were given for the winner by Roger Federer at the end of the Olympic medal ceremony:
"I am very happy for Andy. He played great and above all played better than me. I'm happy to win the silver. I have a medal around the neck and at the same time so does Andy as he continues to demonstrate how good he is. On the court he felt very safe and never had uncertainties. "
The Swiss continued:
"I have not played well enough to reach the gold medal. Especially in the early stages I felt emotionally drained from the long battle against Del Potro and also I did not make the right decisions at difficult times. I was a bit slow especially when I moved to retrieve the balls in the corners. All this has led to the defeat. But finally I managed to win a medal and that's what I wanted. I was well prepared to play this event, I took three weeks off and I could not be happier with what I did. "
A moment passes and then his thoughts are about his country, Switzerland:
"I hope that the Swiss are proud of me. I hope one day thinking about the final they do not say 'Eh, but Roger has lost the gold.' I want you to remember me as the one who won the silver medal."
Is this the last Olympics for Federer?
"Rio 2016? I do not know. They are still in four years time.”
Then came the first words of Andy Murray in a few minutes to try to win her second gold medal:
"I never expected to win in straight sets. I was able to deal with difficult situations better than before and now I feel very comfortable on the grass. In my career I have had to swallow hard defeats. This victory is the best way to mitigate the loss of the Wimbledon final, but that day is impossible to forget. This week was amazing and the public has been fantastic with me. Thanks for all the love you have shown me."