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Murray eyeing top spot and more grand slam titles

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Andy Murray is targeting a shot at the world No. 1 ranking after breaking through for his first grand slam title at the US Open.

Murray's watershed moment came on Monday evening in New York as he overcame defending champion Novak Djokovic in five sets. Having had time to reflect on the triumph, Murray admitted his attention had turned to passing Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to rise to the pinnacle of the ATP Tour.

"All players, once you get near to the top of the game, one of the goals is to try to get to world No. 1," Murray told the BBC.

"I can't say this year it's necessarily possible for me to do it because I didn't have a particularly good clay-court season and I didn't do well in the Masters Series in Cincinnati and Montreal and also in Indian Wells.

"But that is the next step. To do that, you need to be consistent throughout the whole year. That's something that Novak and Roger and Rafa have done incredibly well the last few years. I'm definitely going to try. It's something I'd love to do, to get to number one. It's a very tough thing to do."

It has been a summer to remember for Murray, who also claimed gold at the London 2012 Olympics before his victory at Flushing Meadows. The Scot says he is hungry for more grand slam titles after tasting success this week.

"I want to keep improving," said Murray. "I know how it feels to win a grand slam and winning the Olympics. I think I'll get a better feel when I get back on the court and start practising again, I'll feel what it's like to have a bit more belief in myself and my shots.

"I could have won Wimbledon this year, I was very close. I know if I'm in that position again I'll take the same chances, I'll go for my shots again, and a little bit more confidence and experience of taking my chances in big matches will help me."

Murray revealed the words of coach Ivan Lendl - an eight-time grand-slam champion - helped calm him as he moved in on his maiden grand-slam crown.

"It's something that will probably take a bit of getting used to. [Attention] is not something I've always been that comfortable with.

"I spoke to (coach) Ivan (Lendl) a couple of times during the year and he asked me, 'What worries you?'. And I said that I worry what might happen if I win a major, how my life might change, because I want it to be the same.

"He said he felt the same thing but all that happens is you get more people congratulating you, you get nicer tables in restaurants and to play on all the good golf courses for free," Murray said.

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