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16.9m tune in to see Roger Federer defeat Andy Murray in Wimbledon Men's final on BBC

The Wimbledon final which saw Roger Federer win his seventh Men’s title at the competition, beating Andy Murray, brought in a peak audience of over 16m for the BBC.

The highest audience was 16.9m over a 15 minute period, while the BBC had previously told The Drum that the BBC One coverage had received a peak audience of 11.9m viewers, over a five minute period.

This is the largest audience for coverage of the Wimbledon final since 1990.

The UK audience is expected to have grown for the final of the tournament, with Andy Murray peaking interest around Britain as the first British male finalist in 74 years.

This figure is not expected to be the largest the final has drawn in history however.

Federer equaled Pete Sampras’ record of seven titles at Wimbledon with his victory yesterday (8 July), beating Murray by three sets to one.

Updated: The BBC has apologised to The Drum for the earlier confusion over the final audience figure.

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