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Rio 2016: Andy Murray wins historic Olympic gold

Andy Murray with his gold medal. Credit: Reuters

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."