Is Mur­ray the great­est ever?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports View - WITH MUR­RAY SPOONER

It was an­other stun­ning per­for­mance from Andy Mur­ray in an un­for­get­table Sun­day show­down for Bri­tish ath­letes in Rio.

His victory gave Team GB their 15th gold as they brought home four more last week­end and Great Britain leapfrogged China to move into sec­ond place in the medal ta­ble.

For­get about Su­per Sun­day, this was sim­ply sen­sa­tional.

And Mur­ray, our ten­nis supremo, gave an­other ster­ling per­for­mance to de­fend his title by de­feat­ing Ar­gen­tine Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

The 29-year-old has once again made sport­ing his­tory.

He is now the first male ten­nis player to suc­cess­fully de­fend his Olympic title af­ter his tri­umph, which lasted over four hours in the rag­ing Rio heat.

It won’t go down as a clas­sic and we all know his grand slam tri­umphs will sit a bit higher in his list of ti­tles than a Brazil­ian gold but it won’t mat­ter a jot to the Dun­blane ace.

As a reign­ing Olympic cham­pion, a three times grand slam and Davis Cup win­ner, surely now we can call him the great­est Scot­tish sportsper­son ever.

Mur­ray may be ranked num­ber two in the ten­nis rank­ings but he is def­i­nitely Scot­land’s num­ber one sports­man.

There is no ques­tion he is Scot­land’s best ten­nis player and af­ter Sun­day’s hero­ics he is quite pos­si­bly the best Britain has ever had.

We are priv­i­leged to have some­one of his tal­ent wav­ing the flag for Team GB.

Sir Chris Hoy runs him close. His Olympic record is not one to shy away from and he quite rightly war­rants his place in the hall of fame.

Mur­ray, how­ever, is also wor­thy of a knight­hood. He car­ries the hopes of a na­tion on his back every sum­mer and has won two Wim­ble­don ti­tles with the help of their sup­port.

And as Scot­land’s foot­ball team have failed mis­er­ably to re­turn to a ma­jor cham­pi­onships for far too long, Mur­ray gives us some­thing Scot­tish to sup­port and some­one we can call our own.

His victory on Sun­day came off the back of a tremen­dous day in Rio.

Gym­nast Max Whit­lock led the charge and started the day by adding two gold medals to the his­tory-mak­ing bronze he bagged dur­ing the week.

Team GB also clinched gold and sil­ver in the velo­drome with Scot­land’s 23-year-old Cal­lum Skin­ner, who was beaten into sec­ond place by Ja­son Kenny, his more ex­pe­ri­enced team­mate, in the in­di­vid­ual sprint.

Justin Rose also be­came golf‘s first Olympic cham­pion since 1904 as he beat Swe­den’s Hen­rik Sten­son to gold in a thrilling fi­nal round.

And that was all in just one day.

The Bri­tish ath­letes have been noth­ing short of fan­tas­tic in these games and we could not ask for any more.

He is def­i­nitely Scot­land’s num­ber one

Out­stand­ing Andy Mur­ray wins his sec­ond Olympic gold medal

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