Wimbledon champion hopes to use this victory as A springboard
London, 8 July
Andy Murray said on Monday he was determined to push on from his stunning Wimbledon win and add further Grand Slam titles to his achievements.
Speaking after a near sleepless night, Murray returned early morning to his Press duties hailed as a national hero, having become the first British player to lift the gold trophy in 77 years.
His emotion-charged 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over top seed Novak Djokovic on a baking-hot centre court on Sunday left the 26-year Scot drained but still lucid over what faces him next in his tennis career. "I need to try and improve and use this hopefully as a springboard to try and get better," he told BBC Five Live.
"I may never win another Slam, I don’t know, but I’m going to try as hard as I can and keep working hard and not worry about all of the other stuff that comes along with winning Wimbledon, and after a few days I will enjoy this and get back to work. "I’m going to try and take a bit of a holiday and go away after the next three or four days. I will see all my family and go out for dinner and see friends and then head off for a week or so." Murray said that the whirlwind of media interviews and official duties as a Wimbledon winner had left him in a kind of a daze and that getting to sleep at the end of it all late in the night had been all but impossible.
"No-one could really believe it and I was the same," he said of his own feelings and that of his family and entourage.
"You don’t want to go to sleep in case you wake up and it didn’t actually happen. I was just messaging my friends and laying in bed. It was tough to get to sleep last night. "I’m sure I will see some of the newspapers around. I’ve some of the back pages and front pages of the newspapers this morning.
"I know I won Wimbledon yesterday but what it actually means – I think that will take longer than 24 hours to sink in and understand it."
Despite the win, his second Grand Slam triumph after the US Open of last year, where again Djokovic was his victim in the final, but that time in five sets, Murray will remain as world number two behind the Serb. Replacing him one day as the top ranked player was something he aspired to, but Murray said he would not become obsessed by it.
"It’s tough," Murray said when asked if becoming world number one was his ultimate aim.
"You have to be so consistent throughout the whole year. Right now I hold two slams, the Olympic gold and the final of another slam and I’m still nowhere near number one in the world.
"The goal for me is to try and win the Grand Slams, win those tournaments and not worry too much about the ranking." Roger Federer has fallen to No. 5 in the new ATP rankings, the first time in a decade he’s been that low.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray remains at No 2 on Monday, behind the runner-up, Novak Djokovic.
Quarter-finalist David Ferrer rises one spot to a career-high No 3, with Rafael Nadal fourth.