Andy Murray has become the first player in history to win back-to-back gold medals in the Olympic Tennis Event.
The Brit ended the fairytale run of Juan Martin del Potro in four sets to win his second Olympic gold medal after claiming singles gold at London 2012.
“I know tonight’s one of the hardest matches that I’ve had to play for a big, big title,” said Murray, after winning the match in four hours and two minutes.
“I think the US Open final I played against Novak [Djokovic] when I won my first slam was very hard. But tonight I found really difficult.
“Emotionally it was tough. Physically, it was hard. There were so many ups and downs in the match. It was one of the toughest matches that I’ve played to win a big event, for sure.”
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The 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 victory handed Murray his 18th consecutive victory, the longest winning streak of his career.
The streak includes titles at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, and now the Rio Olympics.
Murray said he was extremely proud of the fact he became the first tennis player to win two Olympic singles gold medals.
“The fact that it hasn’t been done before obviously shows that it’s very hard,” Murray said.
“It hasn’t obviously been easy because a lot can happen in four years, especially for tennis players. We have so many events. Since London, I had back surgery, as well. So many things can change. My ranking dropped a lot during that period and I’ve gone through some tough times on the court, as well.
“I’m happy that I’m still here competing for the biggest events. I’ll try and keep going.
“Who knows about Tokyo ? But if I’m still playing in four years, when I’m 33, I don’t imagine I’ll be playing the same level as now.
“I’ll try and enjoy tonight’s win.”
Del Potro had earlier in the tournament upset titans Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
The Argentine won his second Olympic tennis medal, after claiming singles bronze in London 2012.
“This will be for the rest of my life on my mind,” he said.
“I never thought something like that at the beginning of the tournament. It’s even bigger, like a dream.
“Now I got a silver medal, which means a gold for me. I cannot believe I will bring another medal for my country.”
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