Congratulations to Andy Murray. I thought he was done. I didn’t think that he could break through. I was wrong. He is really playing great, smart tennis. He was pulling off Roger Federer-type shots.
Andy Murray wins Wimbledon.
Andy Murray won Wimbledon, of course, the first British man in 77 years to do it. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic. He won last year’s U.S. Open, too. And an Olympic gold medal.
Yet he still sits at No. 2 in the ATP rankings. That’s all fine by him.
A day after his historic victory at the All England Club, Murray said he is far more interested in winning additional Grand Slam titles than reaching No. 1. He has played in the finals of the past four major tournaments he entered.
Asked Monday whether moving up to the top spot is his next goal, Murray replied: “I don’t know. It’s a tough one for me, because right now I’ve won two Slams and … and [won] the Olympic gold, and I’m nowhere near being No. 1. I don’t know exactly why that is.”
He noted that perhaps he needs “to be more consistent in the other events,” and is aware that skipping this year’s French Open because of a bad back did not help his ranking points. But Murray added that he’d be OK with never reaching No. 1.
“I would rather not get to No. 1 and win more Grand Slams,” he said, “than never win another Grand Slam and get to No. 1. I’d rather try to win more Slams.”
He narrowed the gap in the standings but still trails Djokovic, the man Murray beat 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 for the championship Sunday. The previous British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936.