First slam is just the start for Murray

Salisbury Journal: Andy Murray is determined to win more grand slam titles Andy Murray is determined to win more grand slam titles

Andy Murray is determined his US Open triumph will not be the last time he lifts a trophy on the grand slam stage.

In the fifth major final of his career and four years after he first contested the showpiece match at the US Open, Murray at last achieved the victory he craved as he defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 and brought to an end Britain's 76-year wait for a British male singles champion on the biggest stage.

The 25-year-old said on Tuesday: "I spoke to (coach) Ivan (Lendl) very briefly after the match and we're going to have a chat on Friday or Saturday, I'm going to have the next two or three days to let things sink in a bit from the last few months."

He went on: "I want to keep improving. I know how it feels to win a grand slam, and winning the Olympics. I know how hard it was losing in the Wimbledon final. You want to try to win those big matches and big tournaments and I'll keep working hard to try to do that.

"I think I'll get a better feel when I get back on the court and start practising again, I'll feel what it's like to have a bit more belief in myself and my shots.

"I could have won Wimbledon this year, I was very close. I know if I'm in that position again I'll take the same chances, I'll go for my shots again, and a little bit more confidence and experience of taking my chances in big matches will help me."

It had been a whirlwind few hours for Murray. He celebrated with a team dinner on Monday night, where he stuck to being teetotal, unlike the rest of the party.

On Tuesday morning he was much in demand, appearing on the CBS breakfast show and heading to a photoshoot with the trophy in Central Park before heading to a reception at British Consul Danny Lopez's official residence in Manhattan.

Attempting to describe his emotions, he said of his breakthrough title: "I don't know if you can ever imagine something like that. I've dreamt things and thought about it but you never get the same feeling as when it actually happens.

"I was in a bit of shock and after that you're very relieved. I wasn't able to sleep last night. I wasn't bouncing off the walls or anything, I just couldn't go to sleep, I was just sitting awake for a few hours. During the tournament, if I'd had an hour and a half's sleep and had to get up I would have been in the worst mood ever but I woke up and jumped out of bed at 6.30am, which isn't like me."

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