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British TV stations camped out early Tuesday at the modest Dunblane tennis courts where Murray got his start as a young boy, interviewing youngsters who said they were inspired by his triumph.

Murray and Lendl are the two men in the Open era, which began in 1968, to have lost their first four Grand Slam finals. Murray fell to Djokovic in the 2011 Australian Open, and against Federer at the 2008 U.S. Open, 2010 Australian Open and this year’s Wimbledon.

It was Murray’s decisive, straight-sets victory over Federer in the Olympic final in August on Centre Court at Wimbledon — less than a month after the Wimbledon defeat — that lifted his belief in himself and provided the platform for his Grand Slam success.

“Ever since he won the Olympics he has walked around with a lot more confidence,” said Murray’s former coach, Leon Smith. “After winning yesterday, it’s going to do even more so now.”

Former British player and U.S. Open finalist Greg Rusedski said Murray can only go higher.

“Having won this, he can go on to win many majors and maybe end the year as … No. 1,” he said.

Murray is ranked No. 4 but is close behind No. 3 Nadal. Djokovic is No. 1 in this week’s rankings, with Federer dropping to No. 2.

“We are all delighted for Andy,” Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook said. “Winning your first Grand Slam has to be a very special moment in a player’s career, and it was a fantastic performance in an epic final to cap a truly memorable summer of tennis for him personally, and for British tennis.”

Next challenge: Winning Wimbledon and ending the Fred Perry questions for good.