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July 9, 2013

After Wimbledon win, Murray eyes more Slam titles

LONDON — The first question at the first formal news conference of the first full day of Andy Murray’s new life as Wimbledon champion concerned the buzz building in Britain about whether knighthood awaits.

Murray sighed and rested his chin on his left hand.

“I don’t really know,” he said Monday. “I mean, it’s a nice thing to have, or be offered. I think just because everyone’s waited for such a long, long time for this — that’s probably why it would be suggested. But I don’t know if it merits that.”

Everything will always be different moving forward for Murray, who became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years by beating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

Pictures of Murray adorned the front pages of plenty of newspapers Monday morning, several showing him holding and kissing his gold trophy.

Forget about honorifics or headlines or even reaching No. 1. All Murray wants is more Grand Slam championships to go with the two he’s got at the moment.

Twelve months ago, he dropped to 0-4 in major finals by losing to Roger Federer at the All England Club. Undeterred — indeed, more determined than ever — Murray regrouped and got better. He has played in the finals of the last four Grand Slam tournaments he’s entered (he missed this year’s French Open with a bad back). After winning the U.S. Open in September for a career-altering breakthrough, he added a second Slam title Sunday at the place he called “pretty much the pinnacle of the sport.”

Add a gold medal at the London Games, and it’s been quite a year. He had three clear goals — win a Grand Slam title, win an Olympic title at home, win Wimbledon — and he is now 3 for 3.

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