An incredibly competitive final set finished with Belarus topping the host Great Britain team in stunning 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 fashion in London.
The gold-medal mixed doubles Olympic final was top-notch to say the least. It featured Andy Murray and Laura Robson representing Great Britain and Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi playing for Belarus.
Team Belarus was as solid as any team throughout these games. Azarenka and Mirnyi converted their only break point of the contest and had just seven unforced errors the entire match. The key for the winning team was their second-serve percentage, as they nailed 89 percent of them for points.
Murray was supposed to be down and out following a tough gold-medal victory in the singles tourney over Roger Federer, yet he was on his A-game against Azarenka and Team Belarus. His serve game was on point, so much so that Great Britain took the first set 6-3.
Yet the most impressive part about this team's play was the solid performance from Robson. The top-notch teen is just 18 years old and had herself a fantastic match against two experienced talents.
From the get-go, both Murray and Robson were working wonders with the crowd on their side. They held a solid advantage over Belarus in winners throughout the contest. They finished with a 27-19 advantage in the silver medal finish.
What elevated this team to the next level was this strong service game and ability to get out of a hole early. Although they lost the first set 6-2, they fought hard throughout the match to compete with the two tennis beasts of Great Britain.
This Belarus side has to be praised for its impressive resiliency in this match, and Great Britain's superb play must be acknowledged as well. It was a match of epic proportions, to say the least.
Now Murray and Azarenka will now take their talents to New York to compete in the U.S. Open at the end of August. These are easily two of the favorites in each side of the draw to take a major in this tournament.
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