Wimbledon champion Andy Murray backed to win more major titles

Last Updated: 08/07/13 9:05am

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Andy Murray has been backed to win up to 10 grand slam titles following his victory at Wimbledon, which received the royal seal of approval from the Queen.

Murray ended Britain's 77-year long wait for a home champion in the men's singles when he recorded a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.

The win was, though, much harder than it seemed. The Scot showed immense courage and athleticism to defy the searing temperatures on Centre Court and overcome his opponent.

It was for that reason that the pundits were queuing up to shower praise on the British number one and tip him for future stardom.

Murray broke his grand slam duck last year when he beat Djokovic to win the US Open, and Mats Wilander, the Swede who won seven grand slam titles in the 1980s, believes Murray could be on course for a big haul.

"I think Andy Murray can win six, seven, eight, nine, 10 majors," Wilander said. "The only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic.

"These two here are going to decide who gets ahead in the history books.

"I hope they both decide this is a rivalry that's just going to grow and become great on all the different surfaces, in all four majors."

Murray's quest to add to his major haul begins at the end of August when he looks to defend his US Open crown - an event you can watch live on Sky Sports HD.

WIMBLEDON RECORD

Andy Murray:
2005: Third round
2006: Fourth round
2008: Quarter-final
2009: Semi-final
2010: Semi-final
2011: Semi-final
2012: Runner-up
2013: Winner

Buckingham Palace said the Queen sent a private message to the Scot following his victory, which came with the backing of a buoyant crowd.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that the Queen has sent a private message to Andy Murray following his Wimbledon victory."

A host of politicians from either side of Hadrian's Wall gathered in the Royal Box to cheer Murray on, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

"It was fantastic, it was an absolutely brilliant performance, an amazing day for Andy Murray but also an incredible day for British tennis and for Britain," he said.

"He's an amazing player but what he showed today is not only how brilliant he is technically but also he's got this incredible courage.

"You are playing against Djokovic, who's the great artist of comebacks and never gives up and Murray just kept going. He was magnificent.

"It felt like the Olympics, it felt like one of those moments when the whole country is watching and there is just an amazing sportsman who's dedicated his life and had wanted to win so badly and then just producing a performance that was exquisite."

Although there will be pressure for Murray to repeat the feat, it will never again be quite like it has been for the past fortnight.

Murray said: "It's really hard. For the last four or five years, it's been very, very tough, very stressful, a lot of pressure. The few days before the tournament are really difficult as well.

"The last two days haven't been easy. It's so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is, but also because of the history and no Brit having won. It's been very, very difficult.

"It's the best feeling ever to see your son win Wimbledon. This is what he has talked about winning since he was a little boy, it was a dream that has become a reality now for him."
Judy Murray

"I think I felt a little bit better this year than I did last year. I think now it will become easier. I hope it will."

"I had a lot of tough losses but the one thing I would say is I think every year I always improved a little bit.

"They weren't major improvements, massive changes, but every year my ranking was going in the right direction. I was always going a little bit further in the slams.

"I kept learning and I just kept working as hard as I could."

Murray could now become one of the top earning British sportsmen of all time following his historic victory.

The Scot is likely to land a raft of new sponsorship deals after his win and stands to rake in up to £15million a year.

The boost to his finances could put him just behind Lennox Lewis and David Beckham as one of the top earning British sports stars in history.

The Scot, who won his first grand slam at the US Open last year, was ranked at number 32 in The Sunday Times Sports Rich List 2013 with an estimated fortune of £32million.

Nigel Currie, director of the sports marketing agency brand Rapport, said the British number one will be likely to profit from a series of lucrative new contracts.

He said a Wimbledon win proved Murray is not a one-hit wonder. He said: "It is as a global superstar where the major earnings potential exist.

"Tennis is one of the few truly global sports. Along with golf it is played and followed in almost every country in the world.

"Even sports such as football or Formula 1 have struggled to win over the vital American market.

"Also being an individual sport rather than a team sport makes it much more lucrative."

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