In a spectacular second half of the year, Andy Murray, after years of trying, finally made his own personal breakthrough, winning the US Open, his first ever Grand Slam event, and also a gold and silver medal at the London Olympic Games. His US Open victory made him the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam tennis event. Murray’s amazing year began in July at Wimbledon when he lost to Roger Federer in the final to the disappointment of his British fans who were hoping for a home win. However, just 28 days later, he turned the tables on Federer with a straight sets win in the Olympic men’s singles final, again played at Wimbledon. He also won a silver medal with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles. At the US Open he defeated Novak Djokovic in a dramatic five-set final.