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Game loser Andy a 17m telly smash; WIMBLEDON.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN

ANDY Murray may have failed to win Wimbledon at the weekend but he broke a record for viewing figures.

His valiant bid to beat the machine that is Roger Federer pulled in a peak TV audience of 16.9 million.

An average 11.4 million watched the four set thriller, a 58% share of total viewing that afternoon.

It was the highest viewing figure for a Wimbledon match involving a Brit since 13.1 million tuned in to watch Tim Henman's fourth round clash with Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil in 2002.

Fans were fuelled by the prospect of seeing Murray become the first home-grown player to lift the trophy since Fred Perry in 1936.

The huge number watching the game gave BBC1 its best viewing figures for a Wimbledon final since records began in 1990.

Back then, 9.8million saw Swede Stefan Edberg see off German ace Boris Becker.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2012
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