Andy Murray wins back-to-back Olympic gold in Rio

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Andy Murray became the first tennis player in history to defend their Olympic title after a four sets victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at Rio 2016.

The 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win came in just over four hours as Murray added Rio 2016 gold to his London 2012 singles victory and mixed doubles silver.

The gold completes a memorable Games for the 29-year-old who led Team GB into the Opening Ceremony after being nominated Flagbearer – the first British tennis player to do so.

Team GB Rio 2016 medal tally: Gold: 15. Silver: 16. Bronze: 7. Total: 38.

Andy Murray said: "Carrying the flag was an amazing experience and I found it quite emotional. The day after I had to regroup and get my mind on the matches so to finish it with a match like that was very emotional too. I’m just very happy that I got over the line tonight.

"Tonight was one of the hardest matches that I’ve had to play for a big title. I think the US Open final when I played Novak to win my first slam was very hard but tonight I found it really difficult. Emotionally it was tough, physically it was hard with so many ups and downs in the match.

"At the time London was the first time I had won a major event and it was a home Olympics. It was an amazing couple of weeks after losing the Wimbledon final just a few weeks before but as I say this was much harder than London. The match there was much more straightforward in terms of the score line but tonight anything could have happened. This one means a lot.

"The fact that it [winning two Olympic gold medals] has never been done before shows it’s a very difficult thing to do and I’m very proud to have been the first one to have done it. It’s not easy especially in four years for a tennis player. I've had back surgery since London and so many things can change - my ranking dropped and I’ve gone through some tough times off the court, so I’m happy that I’m still here competing for the big events."