Wimbledon champ ranks titles ahead of overtaking Djokovic
WIMBLEDON champion Andy Murray feels a push to become world No1 is less important than adding to his collection of grand slam titles.
Murray retained second spot in the latest ATP world rankings, following their release yesterday, but is still some 2,950 points behind No1 Novak Djokovic, despite beating the Serb in straight sets in Sunday’s sensational Wimbledon final.
Former world No1 and 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer has fallen to fifth in the world rankings, his lowest position for 10 years, while Spain’s David Ferrer leapfrogged compatriot Rafael Nadal into third.
Murray’s victory at SW19 means the British No1 holds two of the current Majors, having also triumphed at the US Open in September.
And the 26-year-old believes expanding his trophy cabinet is of greater significance than overthrowing Djokovic.
“The goal for me is to try and win the grand slams, win those tournaments and not worry too much about the ranking,” said Murray, who was also runner-up at the Australian Open in January.
“You have to be so consistent throughout the whole year. I hold two slams, the Olympic gold and the final of another slam and I’m still nowhere near No1 in the world. It’s tough.”
Among those tipping Murray to succeed with his aim of achieving further grand slam success is American John McEnroe, himself a Wimbledon singles champion in 1981, ‘83 and ‘84.
McEnroe believes the Scot is capable of winning “at least six Majors” and Murray hopes his Wimbledon triumph, watched by a peak British TV audience of 17.3m, can help him continue to challenge for top honours.
“I need to try and improve and use this hopefully as a springboard to try and get better,” he added. “I may never win another slam, but I’m going to try as hard as I can and not worry about all of the other stuff that comes along with winning Wimbledon.”
Murray admits he endured a difficult night’s sleep following his win, which ended a 77-year wait for a British male champion at Wimbledon.
And such has been the whirlwind of activity since Djokovic thumped a backhand into the net on match point at Centre Court to end three hours and 10 minutes of a gruelling final, Murray admits the magnitude of his achievement is yet to truly register.
“You don’t want to go to sleep in case you wake up and it didn’t actually happen,” he said. “I know I won Wimbledon, but what it actually means I think will take longer than 24 hours to sink in and understand. It was just an amazing day.”
High-profile figures caught up in “Murraymania” include:
■ Queen Elizabeth II
■ Prime Minister David Cameron
■ Sir Alex Ferguson
■ David Beckham