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Andy Murray surprised by Brexit, says time to unite

MurrayMania has gripped the United Kingdom yet again. Andy Murray lived up to the sky-high expectations when beating Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, telling CNBC the day after that he felt "really good, a little tired but very, very happy". After a long two weeks the celebrations included attending the players' ball and going out for drinks with family and friends, Murray added.

Murray's chances of adding to his trophy collection were greatly increased when No 1 Novak Djokovic saw a shock defeat in Round 3 to Sam Querrey.

With Djokovic's phenomenal winning streak coming to an end as wells as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal being well off their peak performance, some believe this victory might herald a reshuffle within the so called 'Big Four' tennis stars in which Murray can claim a bigger piece of the tennis pie. The Scotsman though stays cautious when asked if he can become the new number one.

"It's going to be difficult but I have a chance. I need to maintain the form I've had the last couple of months throughout a whole season, you know, I've never done that in my career before. I've been able to do it the last five tournaments I've played but we play 18 or 19 tournaments a year so, I need to find a way to try and maintain that," he said.

The father of one has also enlisted his former coach and tennis legend Ivan Lendl after losing the 2016 French Open final, explaining:" I wanted to work with him again, he's given me help at these events, and whether it's 5 percent, 10 percent, 2 percent, he does make a difference to me."

Murray is now a three-time Grand Slam Champion, holding two Wimbledon titles and one U.S. open title. He also won the Davis Cup with Great Britain last year and counts an Olympic gold medal as his own. And defending that, the Scotsman says, is his next big focus.

"lt is huge to be involved in an event like that, you know, it's the biggest sporting event in the world and I know what it was like when I lost in the first round in Beijing. I know how much that hurt me, and I know how good it felt when I won a gold."

Time to unite

With the country deeply divided over the Brexit vote, Murray's convincing victory in Wimbledon on Sunday gave Brits a reason to be a unified - at least in their cheering for the British No. 1.

Murray says he was "surprised about it (Brexit) for sure" but adds that "now it's important that everyone comes together to make the best of it. It was such a close vote that everyone talks about because we left that (and) there's a lot of people that are unhappy, but had we stayed, it was going to be half the country that would be unhappy with that as well. It's time to unite and make the best of it."

When asked by CNBC if Scotland should serve up another referendum in order to remain in the EU, the tennis pro chose to stay on the sidelines, however.

"I don't know. I think we've got to wait for the next few years to see what happens with Brexit first, and then take it from there. Murray had come under fire for voicing his support for the "Yes" camp during the Scottish referendum on Twitter.

While Murray is taking home another hefty £2 million paycheck from Wimbledon, he claims he is not fazed by the dramatic fall of the pound owing to Brexit. "I haven't thought about it too much over the last few weeks. I listen to it on the news and on the radio, and I drive myself in to Wimbledon every day and drive myself home, so I listen to what's going on and I know a lot of people around London especially are very concerned about it but I think we've got to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what happens and then make our move from there."

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