Gold medalist Andy Murray has set his sights on winning the US Open, and feels prepared to mount a challenge following yesterday’s Olympic victory over Roger Federer.
25-year-old Murray brushed past Wimbledon champion Federer, beating the Swiss in convincing straight sets of 6-2 6-1 6-4 in yesterday's singles final, and came within two tie-break points of securing gold in the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson. With the US Open to begin in just three weeks time, the Scot feels that he is now prepared enough to challenge for his first grand slam, now free of pressure after winning the adulation of the British public yesterday.
"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 told Sky Sports.
"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,” he continued.
"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.
Murray is due to travel to Canada for the Toronto Masters on Tuesday, but may choose to pull out following a hectic summer season for the Scot. With the US Open just three weeks away, the 25-year-old may choose to divert all his focus onto winning his first major.