Andy Murray says he hopes he is yet to reach the best part of his career after beating Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2) in the Wimbledon final.
The British world number two has won two other Grand Slam titles – the 2012 US Open and Wimbledon in 2013.
“I still feel like my best tennis is ahead of me, that I have an opportunity to win more,” said the 29-year-old.
“Everyone’s time comes at different stages. Hopefully mine is still to come.”
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Murray’s victory was his third from 11 Grand Slam final appearances, but he said that each of his previous final defeats – all against Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer – had contributed to his success.
“Failing’s not terrible. I put myself in a position all of the time in these events to win them. Haven’t won them all of the time. I’ve lost a lot of close ones against great players most of the time,” Murray added.
“Learning from my losses is something I’ve done throughout most of my career.
“I think the last three months have been some of the best I’ve played in terms of consistency.”
Second time around
Winning Wimbledon in 2013 ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion and Murray added that this triumph was more enjoyable without that statistic hanging over him.
“I feel happier this time, more content,” he said.
“Last time it was just pure relief, and I didn’t really enjoy the moment as much, whereas I’m going to make sure I enjoy this one.
“I feel like this is for myself more than anything, and my team as well. We’ve all worked really hard to help get me in this position.”
Murray’s mother Judy, Great Britain’s former Fed Cup captain, claimed that 2016 was “just as special but not quite so stressful” as 2013.
“From being a very promising junior to getting where he got to, there was a constant, ‘When are you going to win Wimbledon?’,” she said.
“It was just relief when he actually did it so I think he will be able to enjoy this one a whole lot more.”
The Lendl effect
Murray was reunited with coach Ivan Lendl – who oversaw his other Grand Slam titles – last month.
The Scot won a record fifth Queen’s title in their first tournament back together and paid tribute to Lendl, himself an eight-time Grand Slam champion, in the wake of his latest All England triumph.
“He’s a leader. I trust in what he says, mainly because of the results we had the last time we worked together,” he added.
“I played my best tennis under him. He was always trying to get me to play more offensive tennis. I did that and got results from it.”
Lendl was asked whether he would be in Murray’s players’ box for his defence of the title in a year’s time, replying “I hope so”.
“Maybe it looked comfortable for you but with a server like Milos you can’t let up for one second,” added the Czech.
“The match was just one break of serve the entire match, and so the focus Andy had to have today was fantastic.”
Davis Cup appearance on hold
Murray is defending the Davis Cup – won by Great Britain for the first time since 1936 with victory over Belgium in November – this year.
His Great Britain team-mates have already arrived in Belgrade ahead of their quarter-final tie with Serbia, but Murray said that he would wait until Monday before making a decision on whether to join them.
“I’m going to speak to captain Leon Smith about that tomorrow,” he said.
“You feel like you could play another five matches right now. But when I wake up tomorrow morning, it will be a bit different.”
World number one Novak Djokovic has ruled himself out of the tie after he suffered a third-round defeat by Sam Querrey at SW19.
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