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Murray eyeing Olympic glory

Posted 07-02-2012 at 10:23 AM by Philip Oliver
British number one Andy Murray admits winning a gold medal at the Olympics would be the pinnacle of his career.

The 25-year-old has been confirmed as the first player in Team GB's tennis squad for London 2012 and is relishing the prospect of representing his country on home soil.

"Within tennis, a Grand Slam is probably more prestigious. But in general, to the whole world, a gold medal is the pinnacle of sport. Winning a medal this summer for Team GB is one of my major goals," Murray told BBC Sport.

The Olympics event comes hot on the heels of Wimbledon, where Murray is through to the fourth round. The world number four will be out to break his Grand Slam duck, with punters who bet on sports desperate for a first British winner at SW19 since 1977.

Should he fail to beat the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to the title, Murray could have the opportunity to end his long wait on the biggest stage of all.

The Scot has previously dubbed the Olympics event, again at Wimbledon, as the sport's fifth Grand Slam and says appearing at the tournament will be one of the proudest moments of his life.

"I know it's going to be up there because I know what being part of the last Olympic team was like. In the last four years I've understood how important the Olympics is to a tennis player and especially myself," Murray added.

"Playing in front of home support makes a huge difference to your performance. I'm sure I'll be emotional and hopefully that will contribute to a better display."

Punters who are still wondering how to bet will no doubt take note of Murray’s experience four years ago when he had a Games to forget in Beijing, losing in round one to little-known Yen-Hsun Lu. Nadal claimed the gold medal in 2008.
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