Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: Murray Again Wins Gold in Tennis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: Murray Again Wins Gold in Tennis

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

Murray became the first tennis player in Olympic history with two singles gold medals, winning his second in a row by wearing down Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a final that lasted just over 4 hours Sunday.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver at the All England Club. That was also the site of his Wimbledon championship in 2013, when he ended the hosts' 77- year wait for a British man to claim the trophy.

The No. 2-seeded Murray took the final four games Sunday after trailing 5-3 in the fourth set and stopped the resurgent run of the 141st-ranked del Potro, who knocked off No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round last weekend and No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals Saturday. No man ever has defeated the top three seeds on the way to a gold, but 2009 U.S. champion del Potro came close before winding up with a silver to go alongside his bronze from 2012.

Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won the title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal.

It's the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men's doubles with Steve Johnson.

With the silver, Williams still tied the mark for most career tennis medals.

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the gold in women's doubles. The seventh-seeded Russians beat fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Goodbye green * It's back to clear water in the pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, allowing synchronized swimmers to see underwater on the first day of Olympic competition.

Officials completed pumping nearly 1 million gallons of clean water into the pool used for synchro with little time to spare before Sunday's competition began. …

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