Category: Sports / July 8, 2013 10:47 AM EDT
Andy Murray is getting quite a taste for grand slam titles and believes crushing Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon will be a springboard to take his career to the next level.
The 26-year-old became a national hero on Sunday (July 7) after a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory on a baking Centre Court.
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 applause for long.
After attending the Wimbledon ball on Sunday he was planning to celebrate with his sizeable entourage, then, after a week of rest and relaxation it will be back to the grind.
"I know what it feels like to lose in the finals, in a Wimbledon final and I know what it is like to win and that's a lot better and its 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 but after the U.S. Open last year, you know, you realise the hours you put in the training, preparing and working on the practice court it's all worth it, so I hope that this is a springboard for me and I will use it to my advantage."
Murray’s win finally sunk 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 actually what happened because when I came off the court I had no recollection of that game, none of the points in it at all," a relaxed Murray said.
"It was just a crazy way to finish the game and I don'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."
His reaction to victory was a dazed walkabout on Centre Court before climbing into the stands to hug his support group, girlfriend and mother Judy.
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