Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic backs Murray ambitions

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says British number one Andy Murray has the talent to win a Grand Slam title.

Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in four sets to claim his third Grand Slam title, while Murray lost in the semi-finals for the third year running.

Djokovic said: "Andy has proven he has the quality of being one of the best. He just needs to make that final step.

"I know it's not easy, winning my first one was a big relief for me and I'm sure it would be for him."

Djokovic, who beat Murray in the Australian Open final in January, became world number one after his performance at Wimbledon, continuing a fantastic 2011 for the Serb.

And he is now targeting a period of rest before embarking on a bid to win his third Grand Slam of the year.

I will taste the grass every year I win - it's going to become a tradition

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon champion

"I think I still haven't had enough time to realise the success I've had," he told BBC Sport's Joe Wilson the morning after his triumph. "I slept overnight but I'm about to celebrate - I haven't had time to celebrate the right way.

"Now, I think I'm going to dedicate some time to myself and rest because it's been a great, great seven or eight months but very exhausting and I will have some weeks to relax and celebrate and then prepare for the upcoming hard court season."

Djokovic is one of only four men to win a Grand Slam title in the past six years, but he believes Nadal and Roger Federer, who have dominated the sport over the past few years, will come back even stronger.

He added: "I don't see it as the end to Federer and Nadal or their rivalry. They are still the two most dominant players in the game - Federer is still playing great, he showed that in the French Open.

"I'm sure Federer wants to come back and win more majors. Nadal is still on top of his form and Murray in the last three or four months has been a real contender for a Grand Slam title.

"Now, more than in the past five years, more players are able to win majors and are candidates for the top spots. It feels good for the sport to have so many faces."

Djokovic celebrated his win by kneeling down and eating some of the grass on Centre Court - and he hopes it is not the last taste of success he has at Wimbledon.

"I will taste the grass every year I win - it's going to become a tradition," he said.