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Slams not rankings the focus for Murray

ESPN staff
July 9, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Andy Murray has insisted his focus is on grand slams as opposed to hunting down Novak Djokovic and world No. 1 ranking.

Murray ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon champion when producing a blistering display to beat Djokovic in straight sets in Sunday's final.

The win means Murray holds two of the four grand slams, having won the US Open last year, and there are many who feel he will overtake Djokovic and become world No. 1 in the months ahead.

Murray, though, is not being distracted by talk of the world No. 1 ranking as he feels his legacy in the sport will be built on the number of majors he wins.

"I need to try and improve and use this hopefully as a springboard to try and get better," Murray said. "I may never win another slam, I don't know, but I'm going to try as hard as I can and keep working hard and not worry about all of the other stuff that comes along with winning Wimbledon, and after a few days I will enjoy this and get back to work.

"You have to be so consistent throughout the whole year. Right now I hold two slams, the Olympic gold and the final of another slam and I'm still nowhere near No. 1 in the world.

"The goal for me is to try and win the grand slams, win those tournaments and not worry too much about the ranking.

"My goal is to win more grand slams. You are remembered for the slams you win."

The rankings may state Murray is No. 2, but his coach Ivan Lendl believes the Scot is the best player in the game at the moment.

"Under pressure right now Andy has two majors and a gold medal," Lendl said. "Novak is a great player, don't get me wrong. He has had a phenomenal last 12 months [and] basically since the start of 2011, so the rankings look at all of that.

"[But] if somebody has two majors and an Olympic gold medal, and everybody else [holds] only one major, everybody can make their own opinion on that."

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