Murray targets US Open title

Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray has turned his sights towards winning his first Grand Slam tennis tournament at the US Open in three weeks' time.

The 25-year-old Scot said he hopes to be rested enough for success after coming so close at Wimbledon last month.

"I've felt close to Grand Slams before, and obviously this is the biggest title of my career," he told the BBC. "I've got the US Open in three weeks' time, so I'll have to get myself rested."

He added: "I'm leaving for Toronto later today, there's a tournament starts there. I play my first match on Wednesday. I've got three weeks to get myself ready for the US Open, and I hope that can be the first one."

Murray, from Dunblane, beat Roger Federer in the men's singles at the London Olympics on Sunday, winning nine games in a row at one point and dominating virtually throughout to triumph 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Murray, who described it as the "biggest win of my career", said wider success among British athletes helped to spur him on.

"I think it's just being part of the Olympics, the success of the other athletes and watching them, being inspired by that and wanting to try and be part of the medal tally and try and contribute to the team as much as I could," he said. "The support and the atmosphere at Centre Court yesterday was unbelievable.

"After Wimbledon, the four or five days afterwards, it was very tough and the support I had from people around me, just people I was seeing in the streets, I hadn't really experienced that before and it really gave me a boost to go on and work hard and get ready for the Olympics.

Murray also hopes younger people will be inspired to enter the sport, telling BBC Radio Scotland: "The support through the whole event was unbelievable, a real feeling of togetherness which I hadn't experienced before, and I hope more kids start playing tennis and we can get more tennis courts around the country and make it easier for kids for play.

"That's really what the plan is. You get more kids playing, you get more chance of having future success."

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