Murray targets slam after Olympic glory

06 August 2012 / 06:43

Andy Murray hopes winning Olympic gold can help him achieve grand slam glory at the US Open later this month.

The 25-year-old gained revenge for his heartbreaking defeat by Roger Federer at Wimbledon four weeks ago by storming to the Olympic title with a stunning 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory over the world number one on Centre Court.

The Scot, who will soon begin his US Open campaign knowing he has delivered when it mattered most, said: "I think it will help with the way I go into matches. (Coach) Ivan (Lendl) told me after the Wimbledon final that he was really happy with the way I played the whole tournament."

Murray added: "He's never been around a British player during Wimbledon, so he maybe didn't quite know what it was like. He was saying I'll never play in a match under that much pressure again in my life, so that's good news. I did feel much more relaxed today.

"It's good to know that after that match, which was a tough one for me to take, that I was still able to learn from it and not just look at it as I'd blown it in a grand slam final when I had my chances. I've actually used it in the right way to become a better player. I hope that showed today.

"Come US Open time, I hope this will have given me the confidence to go in there and believe in myself a bit more than I have in the past and give myself a shot at winning there. I've played very well at the US Open in the past. It's a surface I like playing on and I always enjoy playing on Arthur Ashe court. I hope I can have a good run there.

"I have to be careful over the next two weeks and not do too much because it's been a long couple of months already."

There was a certain irony in Murray finally winning a title on Centre Court and it not being Wimbledon, but the man himself was not complaining.

Murray said: "I would love to win Wimbledon. But this felt good. I wouldn't change this for anything right now, that's for sure."

There was no second gold, though, as Murray and Laura Robson lost their mixed doubles final to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi, while in the women's doubles final Serena and Venus Williams became the first tennis players ever to win four Olympic golds.