In an interview to the ITF website, former world No. 1 Andy Murray recalled his success at the 2012 London Olympics. The British player defeated the Swiss Roger Federer in straight sets in the gold medal clash on the Wimbledon Centre Court, just a few weeks after the Swiss's win over Murray at Wimbledon championship clash. 'I don’t remember much from the final game to be honest', Murray said of Olympics championship game.
'Playing in front of a home crowd is not something that tennis players get to do often, let alone play at a home Olympics. What I do remember, though, is as soon as I hit the ace to win the match, I felt this incredible sense of pride like I had never experienced before.
It was a different feeling to any tournament I had won before. After losing that Wimbledon final [to Federer], I began to accept that I might never win on the big stage, which sounds pretty negative but it actually helped me mentally.
I remember playing in the Olympic tournament with a completely different mindset. Particularly before the final, I remember being relaxed. To this day it’s one of the best performances of my career and the pride of winning such a prestigious event in front of a home crowd is something I will never forget.' That was an unbelievable Olympic year for Murray, who also won the silver medal with his compatriot Laura Robson.
'It’s still an incredibly special feeling. It’s different to the Grand Slams', the current 31-year-old admitted. 'We have opportunities every year to win the Grand Slams, whereas the opportunity to win gold only comes around every four years, so I think among the players it is a pretty special occasion.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title