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Andy Murray defends gold, beats Juan Martin Del Potro in Rio final

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Andy Murray of Britain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.

Murray's 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday at the Rio Games makes him the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row.

At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.

The second-seeded Murray stretched his winning streak to a career-high 18 matches and stopped the resurgent run of the 141st-ranked del Potro, who knocked off No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round and No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Del Potro's silver goes alongside his bronze from four years ago.

Kei Nishikori defeated Nadal for the bronze earlier Sunday.

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