Rio medalist, '09 US Open champ del Potro has USTA wild card

Andy Murray shows off his second Olympic gold medal

Team GB hero Andy Murray couldn't hold back the tears after he beat Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the Rio 2016 Olympics men's singles tennis final to claim gold.

In a thrilling conclusion, two Argentine fans were even escorted out of the arena before Murray took victory on a second match point when del Potro netted a backhand.

Andy Murray is surely on a winning streak with two Wimbledon titles, and with two Olympic Gold Medals, he is surely a solid favorite for the upcoming U.S. Open. "It hasn't been done before shows it's very hard, so I'm very proud to have done that".

Japan's Kei Nishikori, who will still be in his prime at his home Olympics, secured a bronze medal in Rio by beating Nadal 6-2 6-7 (1) 6-3 on Sunday.

In an interview following Murray's second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal performance for Great Britain, BBC reporter John Inverdale incorrectly noted that Murray was the first person ever to win two tennis gold medals.

This is his first title at any tournament since January 2014, he has been the lowest-ranked man in Olympic gold medalist.

"This will be for the rest of my life on my mind", Del Potro assured.

Murray celebrates his gold medal winning win over Juan Martin Del Potro
Murray celebrates his gold medal winning win over Juan Martin Del Potro

Since winning the 2009 US Open, Del Potro has suffered a disruptive sequence of wrist injuries.

Del Potro spent seven hours on court on Saturday and Sunday at the end of a week which started with him getting stuck in an elevator at the Athletes Village for 40 minutes on the morning of his match against Djokovic.

Andy Murray is making a habit of accomplishing things that hadn't been done in a while.

Unless the US Open serves up something like the 2012 final again.

This year he opted not to play in the quarter-final, although he did travel to Serbia to support his team-mates, and then skipped the Masters event in Toronto in favour of a training block. By the opening ceremony in Rio, Murray carried the flag of Britain, he saw it raised in the stadium while he sang along to "God Save the Queen". And they did it against an opponent who has won as many medals - and as many golds - as any tennis player in history. Since then, he's won his trio of majors and his pair of golds - and made a successful comeback from back surgery in September 2013. "I'm just very happy that I got over the line tonight".

Speaking after the match he said: "At 33 I'm not sure I'll be at the same level".

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