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London - Andy Murray followed his stunning US Open triumph by setting his sights on becoming world No 1. But Britain’s newest Grand Slam winner modestly played down talk of receiving a knighthood.
‘A lot of my friends have been messaging me about that,’ said Murray. ‘I think it should take more than just one or two good tournaments to deserve something like that. It would be a bit rash.’
Having had an hour-and-a-half’s sleep Murray woke on Tuesday as a Grand Slam champion with thoughts about being ranked world No 1 and trying to add Wimbledon to the Flushing Meadows title he won by outfighting Novak Djokovic.
‘When you get near the top of the game that’s the goal, that’s the next step,’ he said. ‘But you’ve got to be consistent throughout the year, it’s not just about winning a Grand Slam or an Olympics.
‘Roger, Rafa and Novak have done consistency incredibly well and made it difficult for anyone else.’
Murray knows the last six weeks can help him achieve his ultimate dream of emulating Fred Perry’s Wimbledon triumph.
‘That’s something I want to do and I was close to winning Wimbledon this year,’ said Murray. He also revealed he has been hiding a secret fear of winning a Grand Slam because of the amount of attention he would receive as a result.
‘It’s not an idea I have been comfortable with and I was worried what would happen because I want my life to be the same.
‘I spoke to Ivan Lendl about it and he told me that it really wouldn’t change much, you just get the best table at restaurants and get to play on the best golf courses for free.’