Rio 2016: Andy Murray wins historic Olympic gold

Andy Murray has won an historic second Olympic title after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the men's singles final.

Murray, 29, beat the Argentinian 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 in a tense final in front of a rowdy crowd.

He has become the first player to win two Olympic singles gold medals after defending his London 2012 title.

Murray - who this year has become a father for the first time, won his second Wimbledon title and led Team GB out at the opening ceremony - was visibly emotional at the end of the match.

He won Britain's fifth gold on day nine in Rio to cap off a hugely successful day.

Andy Murray reacts after his victory. Credit: Reuters
Andy Murray lets his victory sink in. Credit: Reuters
Murray has become the first tennis player to win two Olympic titles. Credit: PA Wire

"It means a lot," said Murray, his eyes red from tears.

"Getting to carry the flag at the opening ceremony was an amazing experience and I was very honoured. I found that quite emotional," he added.

"I had to regroup and get my mind on the matches so, to finish it with a match like that, obviously I was fairly emotional at the end. It's been a build-up of emotions over the last 10 days and (I'm) just very happy that I got over the line tonight.

"It was one of the hardest matches I've had to play for a big title. The US Open I played with Novak to win my first slam was very hard but tonight I found really difficult emotionally. Physically it was hard, there were so many ups and downs in the match."