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Full interview: Andy Murray on the big moment for tennis

Andy Murray holds the US Open trophy after his grand slam win. Photo: ITV News

Andy Murray hugged his Mum. He posed for the cameras in Central Park with a Manhattan backdrop. He said very little.

And we all understood why. He had issued his emphatic statement for nearly five hours inside the Arthur Ashe stadium last night. What else was there to say? The tennis had done the talking.

New Yorkers will take a bit of time to get used to Andy Murray. They love his tennis, his variety of shot, his guile. But they're puzzled by his temperament. Reporters last night kept asking him: Why aren't you happier? Why don't you smile?

Andy Murray holds the US Open trophy after his grand slam win. Credit: ITV News

He patiently explained he was happy, internally. His overwhelming sense was not of joy but of relief.

Murray had no desire to be the first man in tennis history to lose five Grand Slam finals. Now that fear has been lifted.

He also spoke of the long wait Britain has endured for a men's tennis champion. Murray wants his breakthrough at the US Open to leave a legacy. As he put it, "I hope to see another British Grand Slam champion in my lifetime."

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