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Hero's welcome: Murray given rousing reception in Dunblane

The Olympic and US Open champion brought thousands to the streets of the Scottish town.

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Dunblane, Scotland (AP)

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have lined the streets in gloomy Scottish weather to give Andy Murray a rousing welcome to his hometown of Dunblane as he celebrated his Olympic and U.S. Open victories.

Britain’s first Grand Slam winner in 76 years arrived on an open-top bus before walking slowly through the town’s streets, signing autographs as the crowds chanted his name, waved Scottish flags and lifted homemade placards.

Murray says “so many people, so much support, it’s been a bit overwhelming — it will take a few days to sink in.”

The 25-year-old Murray beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the U.S. Open on Monday to end his agonizing wait for a major title, five weeks after he routed Roger Federer in the final of the Olympic tournament.

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