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Andy Murray battles to win historic double gold at Rio Olympics

By Adam McKendry

History maker Andy Murray battled his way to a hard fought second gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio just after 1.00am this morning.

The Scot defended his title which he won in London in 2012 by defeating Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in a closely fought affair, 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5.

Murray becomes the first tennis player to successfully defend his Olympic title after his triumph, which lasted over four hours in the sweltering Rio heat.

It wasn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but that won't matter to the 29-year old, who will be relieved to have beaten a dangerous opponent in del Potro.

The Argentinian star was roared on by a combined Brazilian-Argentinian crowd in the Rio arena, but Murray silenced them all in the fourth set, coming back from a break down to win the last three games in a row to take the gold medal.

In doing so, Murray showed great resilience in a set littered with broken service games.

The victory is Murray's second of the summer after his win at Wimbledon, and rounded off a spectacular day for British athletes in Rio.

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