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Wimbledon title a springboard to more Slams: Murray

Updated: 2013-07-09 07:51
( Agencies)

Wimbledon title a springboard to more Slams: Murray

Britain's Prime minister David Cameron (L) greets Wimbledon men's singles champion Andy Murray as he arrives for a reception at Number 10 Downing Street in London, July 8, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

LONDON - Andy Murray is getting a taste for Grand Slam titles and believes crushing Novak Djokovic to end Britain's interminable wait for a men's champion at Wimbledon will be a springboard to take his career to the next level.

The 26-year-old became a national hero on Sunday when a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory on a baking Center Court meant the nation could finally stop talking about Fred Perry who won his third Wimbledon title in 1936.

Murray's stunning performance was hailed by everyone from politicians, movie stars and fellow sportsmen, as well as the millions who watched his landmark victory, but the Scot will not be milking the plaudits for long.

After attending the Wimbledon ball on Sunday he was planning to celebrate with his sizeable entourage, including coach Ivan Lendl on Monday, then, after a week of rest and relaxation it will be back to the grind.

"I know what it feels like to lose in finals, in a Wimbledon final, but now I know what it feels like to win and that's certainly a lot better and it's worth putting in the hard work for," Murray told Reuters on Monday at the All-England Club.

"I didn't know last year that it was worth it because I had never won a Grand Slam before until the US Open last year.

"After that you realize the hours you put in training, preparing and working on the practise court, it's all worth it.

"So I hope this is a springboard for me and I will use it for my advantage."

Murray, who now holds two of the Grand Slams and Olympic gold, was already a member of the exclusive All-England Club but when he walked in on Monday after "a few hours sleep" he did so with Wimbledon champion as a new title.

It is quite an upgrade and the realization of what he achieved on a momentous Sunday for British sport was slowly sinking in, but only after watching a few TV replays.

"The last game was something that stands out but I had to watch it a few times to remember what actually happened because when I came off the court I had no recollection of that game," a relaxed Murray said.

"I had no recollection of the last few points in it at all. It was just a crazy way to finish the game and I didn't think it would have happened for me any other way.

"For everyone watching it needed to be like that to make it more special."

Wimbledon title a springboard to more Slams: Murray

Wimbledon men's singles champion Andy Murray of Britain shows his trophy to school children during a publicity event in Kennington, south London, July 8, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

Murray had the whole country on edge as Djokovic saved three championship points in a row before Murray kept his nerve to engineer a fourth which he converted to spark wild celebrations.

His reaction to victory was a dazed walkabout on Center Court before climbing into the stands to hug his support group, girlfriend and mother Judy.

Last year's Olympic gold was memorable but Murray said winning Wimbledon was the pinnacle.

"I think it's number one, it's different from the Olympics," he said. "I think winning Olympic gold within sport is a huge thing but winning Wimbledon within tennis is the pinnacle and I don't think I will ever top that."

Murray beat Djokovic in the Olympic semifinals and said that result had fuelled his belief that he could be the Serbian world number one again on the biggest day of his career.

"I spoke with Ivan the night before and we spoke about tactics and I watched my match against Novak in the Olympics semifinal from last year," Murray, whose decision to hire Lendl as coach 18 months ago has proved an inspired one.

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