LONDON: Andy Murray said Monday he was determined to push on from his historic 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 famed 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.
Next up, he knows, will be the defence of his US Open crown in New York in September with the US hard court season set to kick in at Montreal in less than a month’s time.
Despite the win, his second Grand Slam triumph after the US Open, 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 knows that will unlikely be this year as he cannot gain any points at the US Open as he is the defending champion.
Murray’s historic win sparked immediate speculation that he would be awarded a knighthood by the queen for his achievement.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who watched the final from the centre court Royal Court, said that he could think of no-one who was more deserving of such an honour. (AFP)