Mirnyi and Azarenka were the top seeds as mixed doubles returned to the Olympics for the first time since the Paris Games in 1924 and they lived up to their ranking by denying Murray a second gold after his singles final win against Roger Federer earlier yesterday.

Murray and 18-year-old Robson started in dominant fashion with a break in the opening game. They pressed home that advantage with another break in the third game when Murray’s blistering return proved too hot for Azarenka to handle. In Set 2, Mirnyi and Azarenka broke for a 3-1 lead in the second and that was enough to take the set. The Belarusians then won the super tie-break as both Murray and Robson erred.