16/09/2012 14:54 BST | Updated 16/09/2012 15:49 BST

Andy Murray Receives Hero's Welcome In Hometown Of Dunblane, Scotland

Andy Murray was given a hero's welcome in his home town of Dunblane in Scotland on Sunday, following his historic five-set victory at the US Open Championship on Wednesday against Novak Djokovic.

He spent hours signing autographs and posing for photographs for his fans, young and old, who lined the streets in their thousands.

Murray, 25, once waited hours for his hero Andre Agassi's autograph as a boy, only to be brushed aside, and since then always swore that he'd never deny anyone his signature - so the event has been slow moving.

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Ace: The entire town of Dunblane turned out to greet their tennis-playing hero

The tennis star's mother, Judy, and various other relatives were also in the town for the celebration.

Murray seemed extremely relaxed and cheerful, and well he might, after enduring four grand slam finals without a win before seeing off the No2 seed in America.

His victory came weeks after he beat Roger Federer to take the Olympic men's title at the London 2012 Games.

Cameron Reid-Thomas, 11, from Dunblane, was among those who waited to welcome the champion.

He said: "We're Andy's biggest fans, we all came here to see him and say well done.

"It's huge for all his fans to see him back here. He doesn't get back often because he's always training and playing tournaments."

Johnathan Beher, seven, from Dunblane, said: "Andy's my hero, I want to be just like him."

Neil Yarwood, 41, travelled from Perth with his wife Rhona and daughters Robyn, seven, and Iona, nine.

He said: "I've never seen Dunblane High Street like it. The atmosphere is fantastic.

"We're here to see Andy and give him the respect he deserves. He's had a great year and we're so proud of him."

Fiona Benny, from the Dunblane Tennis Club where Murray's career began, told BBC Scotland: "Everybody's really excited about him coming back, the children were playing last night until about half-past-nine, practising just in case they get a hit with Andy. I think there will be some children very tired this morning because they were too excited to sleep."