Roger Federer paid tribute to Andy Murray after losing to the British player in the Olympic final at Wimbledon.
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As gracious as ever, Federer was quick to laud the quality of Murray's tennis, admitting he had been thoroughly outplayed. Federer had been hoping that with the final being played over best of five sets, he would have the edge as he's had against Murray in the Australian, US Open and Wimbledon finals in the past but Murray started at a furious pace and never let up, winning nine straight games from 2-2 in the first set.
"He was better, much better than I was today but I'm happy with silver," Federer said. "I had a very emotional tournament. Maybe I was emotionally drained but, nevertheless, I didn't think I played too badly, but things didn't go my way. It's unfortunate, but still a great day for me. Andy looked like he was never doubting himself and he was able to come through this time around. He's had a wonderful career already and I'm happy for him."
Federer had never previously won an Olympic medal in the singles and although he was desperate to get his hands on gold, you could sense some relief in the Swiss' voice at winning a silver. He can also draw some comfort from that fact that he already has an Olympic gold medal, having won the doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing.
Federer will be 34 by the time the Rio Olympics comes around but the Swiss has no plans to quit and certainly intends to still be competing in 2016.