08/07/2013 15:09 BST | Updated 09/07/2013 07:36 BST

David Cameron Photobombs Andy Murray (PICTURES)

As the nation basked in his history-making Wimbledon victory, Andy Murray spent Monday contemplating becoming Sir Andy and celebrating with the Prime Minister.

David Cameron hosted celebrations for the champion in Downing Street this afternoon after fuelling speculation the tennis star would be recommended for a knighthood.

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David Cameron photobombs Andy Murray outside Number 10

The Prime Minister said Murray "lifted the spirits of the whole country" after he became the first Briton to win the men's singles title for 77 years.

He said honours were decided independently but added: "I can't think of anyone who deserves one more."

Questioned whether he deserved such an accolade, modest Murray, 26, said he really did not know.

"I think it's a nice thing to have or be offered," he said.

"I think just because everyone's waited for such a long time for this, that's probably why it'll be suggested, but I don't know if it merits that.

"I don't know."

The Prime Minister said Murray's Downing Street visit was causing a great deal of excitement among his staff.

Murray, exhausted after his gruelling triumph and even more gruelling celebrations, was ushered through the famous black door by Mr Cameron.

Inside applause rang out from the assembled staff and waiting guests - made up of politicians from across the spectrum including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour's Ed Miliband and members of the SNP.

The Dunblane-born superstar chatted and mingled, sipping water in the baking afternoon heat after a heavy night partying - with the intention to enjoy a second night's celebrations with his team

The World Number Two had arrived at the All England Club this morning to fulfil post-tournament duties after little more than an hour's sleep following the Wimbledon Champion's Ball.

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Andy Murray tries to catch up on some sleep surrounded by politicians

Murray has been inundated with messages of support since claiming the coveted trophy which eluded him for several years.

Among those who offered their congratulations were former England football skipper David Beckham and former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Murray said he and Beckham exchanged messages: "He was just getting back from Singapore and he called me this morning... just to say 'Well done, congrats and enjoy it'."

He joked on Twitter about sleeping with his trophy and has said he plans to take a well-earned holiday and to return to Scotland.

"I do want to go back, I'm not sure about when it will happen," he said.

"I haven't had much time to think or co-ordinate things.

"I want to go away on holiday and try to get rest because the last few weeks have been pretty stressful for me."

His home town will be desperate to welcome him back.

Today, fans queued to have their photographs taken posing next to a postbox painted gold in the wake his 2012 Olympic victory.

A celebratory cake was displayed outside the local bank and the butcher produced special strawberry flavoured sausages to mark the Grand Slam triumph.

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Stewart McClymont (second left) with fellow butchers celebrate in in Dunblane High Street

Stewart McClymont, 26, of Bennetts the butcher said: "The effect that Andy has had on the town is unbelievable.

"Anywhere you go, on holiday or whatever, when you say you're from Dunblane people always smile and say 'that's where Andy Murray's from' and you get a great buzz from that."

Murray, who almost forgot to hug his ever-present supporter mum Judy in the victory's aftermath, wowed Centre Court with his tennis.

Moments after defeating Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4, sweat-drenched Murray broke down in tears of joy as a wave of celebration reverberated across the country.

Victory followed a thrilling match.

Supporters backed him with such enthusiasm that noise levels reached volumes never previously witnessed at the All England Club.

The win made Murray the first British man to take the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936 and pundits were quick to suggest he would be a shoo-in for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Murray said later that the success would "take a little while to sink in" and admitted: "I don't really know what to say just now."

"Winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis," he said.

"The last game almost increased that feeling... I worked so hard in that last game. It's the hardest few points I've had to play in my life... I still can't believe it.

"Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it."