Hero's welcome for Murray

  • Last Updated: September 16 2012, 16:55 BST

Overwhelmed" Andy Murray admitted he is still coming to terms with winning his first grand slam title, as he returned to Dunblane on Sunday.

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The newly crowned US Open champion began his career at the town's tennis club and returned to celebrate his success this summer.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Murray beat Novak Djokovic in a time of four hours and 54 minutes to be crowned US Open champion and end Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Grand Slam singles title.

The win in the Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement and capped a special year for the 25-year-old Scot, who won gold at the Olympic Games after he beat Roger Federer in the final - a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final where the Swiss triumphed.

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Murray also won Olympic silver in the mixed doubles competition with Laura Robson.

"It's overwhelming and I've never had anything like that before," Murray told Sky Sports News, after around 15,000 people came to celebrate his return.

"I think it [the US Open win] will sink in over the next couple of days. It's been a bit of a whirlwind since the match with all the stuff the day after and travelling back, then all the stuff today with so many people.

"It's been a bit overwhelming and I think it will take a few days.

"I dreamt three days after Wimbledon that I had won Wimbledon and I woke up and was absolutely gutted that I hadn't.

"The other day I woke up after sleeping on the sofa and I was questioning whether it [the US Open win] actually happened.

"It was when I woke up and realised I had actually won the US Open that it all started to sink in."

Murray's walkabout in the town overran by an hour after he decided against travelling on the bus with his family and friends and instead spent time signing autographs and meeting his fans.

Murray's mother Judy, who travelled on the bus decorated by children from Dunblane Primary school, said: "I'm absolutely amazed. I thought it was going to be mobbed but I didn't realise it was going to be as mobbed as this.

"It's wonderful for Andy to come back and share the success of the summer with people of the town.

"Coming back to your roots and the town you grew up, he always gets such amazing support whenever he plays but particularly when he's in a final. It's amazing."