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Saturday 20 September 2014

Murray looks to defence of title

Prime Minister David Cameron greets Wimbledon winner Andy Murray outside 10 Downing Street
Just 24 hours after his Centre Court victory, Murray found himself at 10 Downing Street
Murray chats to, from left, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Angus Robertson during a garden party at Number 10 (PA)

Britain's tennis pride Andy Murray has already set his sights on defending his Wimbledon title next year.

Barely 24 hours passed after his historic SW19 victory before the superstar Scot turned his thoughts to making it number two in 2014.

Murray, whose Wimbledon crown added to his US Open slam and Olympic gold, said: "One thing I can already look forward to is walking out on Centre Court on the first Monday next year as the Wimbledon champion. I just cannot imagine what that experience will be like."

Although the Dunblane-born 26-year-old is more than entitled to a well-deserved rest, challenging the world's best again next summer is on his mind - and he believes another win is possible if fans repeat their raucous support of him.

Writing in his BBC column, he said: "There will be a lot of pressure and nerves but I don't think it can be as bad as it has the last few years.

"The spectators will certainly do well to match the atmosphere on Sunday, which was the best I've ever experienced at Wimbledon. I've said all tournament that it helps so much, and I must give one final thanks to everyone for your incredible support. Hopefully we can do it all again next year - but I'm sure we could all do with some rest first!"

Murray, who lost last year's Wimbledon final to Roger Federer and lost in three preceding semi-finals, also revealed that he was shocked to find his name was not on the hard-won winner's cup on Sunday.

"When I looked at the Wimbledon trophy and my name wasn't on it, there was a moment when I thought 'What's going on?'" he said. "To hold that unique, historic trophy on Centre Court was an incredible feeling, but when I was looking down the names of the past winners, I couldn't find my own.

"It turns out they've run out of space over the years and my name is on the base, so I didn't actually get to see my name when I was handed the trophy, but I can confirm it's on the one I have at home."

It has been a whirlwind few days for the world number two - receiving thousands of messages of congratulations, attending a celebratory reception at Downing Street and partying hard with his team and family.

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