On Sunday, Andy Murray became the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles trophy since Fred Perry’s victory in 1936. Breaking the 77-year non-Brit streak, the Scotsman’s final against Novak Djokovic was watched by a peak audience of 17.3M in the UK on BBC One, according to overnight data. That beat last year’s final peak of 16.9M when Murray lost to Roger Federer. It was also higher than all Olympic sporting events last year except the 100 meter final which peaked with 20M viewers, according to Overnights.tv. Until Sunday, Murray’s Friday semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz was the most watched TV moment of the year in Britain, peaking at 13.2M viewers and scoring an average of 10.4M. The Sunday final had an average 12.09M viewers for a 72.8% share. The BBC has calculated that there were 120,000 tweets sent at the climax of Sunday’s final. That beat a high during last year’s Olympics of 116,000 tweets per minute during a performance by the Spice Girls. Murray is being hailed as a hero in Britain today where even the Queen sent him a congratulatory message. The BBC will continue the tributes with an updated version of documentary Andy Murray: The Man Behind The Racquet to air tonight.

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