Murray celebrates with Cameron
As the nation basked in his history-making Wimbledon victory, Andy Murray has spent the day contemplating becoming a Sir and celebrating with the Prime Minister.
David Cameron hosted celebrations for the champion in Downing Street on Monday afternoon after fuelling speculation the tennis star would be recommended for a knighthood.
The Prime Minister said Murray "lifted the spirits of the whole country" after he became the first Briton to win the men's singles title for 77 years. He said honours were decided independently but added: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."
Questioned whether he deserved such an accolade, modest Murray, 26, said he really did not know. He said: "I think it's a nice thing to have or be offered. I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it'll be suggested, but I don't know if it merits that. I don't know."
The Prime Minister said Murray's Downing Street visit caused a great deal of excitement among his staff. Murray, exhausted after his gruelling triumph and even more gruelling celebrations, was ushered through the famous black door by Mr Cameron.
Inside applause rang out from the assembled staff and waiting guests - made up of politicians from across the spectrum including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour's Ed Miliband and members of the SNP.
Later, the Dunblane-born star said he has already got his eye on returning to Centre Court next year to start his bid for another Wimbledon title.
Writing his BBC column just 24 hours after his historic victory, the 26-year-old 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."
He added that if he had lost the nerve-shredding final game against Novak Djokovic on Sunday he thinks he might have crumbled. Murray lost three championship points, saved three break points, and then finally converted his fourth championship point to take the title.
He said: "It wasn't until 40-30 that I started to get nervous, and by the time Novak had break points it was panic time. I must admit that if I'd lost that game, I don't know if I'd have recovered. To come through was such a relief, and I can't imagine I'll ever feel pressure like that again."