Andy Murray to take a break

Andy Murray has said he will take a break from the tennis court after losing out in his bid to make Wimbledon history. Roger Federer beat Great Britain's Andy Murray in four sets in Sunday's final.

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Murray: 'The last thing you want is to cry on court'

A tearful Andy Murray addresses the Centre Court crowd yesterday. Credit: PA

"The last thing you want is to cry on court, but there we go," says Andy Murray, talking about his emotional post-match reaction yesterday.

Writing his BBC column on the day after his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer, the world number four describes the match as "the best I've played in a Grand Slam final and the best I've felt on the court."

He says he didn't join the rest of his team yesterday evening, but instead "went home and thought about stuff, worked things out in my head."

Wimbledon final draws largest tennis TV audience since 1990

Fans watch the Wimbledon final in a sports centre in Murray's hometown of Dunblane. Credit: ITV News

Almost 17 million people shared Andy Murray's tears after he lost his dramatic Wimbledon match yesterday - the highest figure for any final at the tournament for more than 20 years.

It is thought to be the biggest tennis audience since at least 1990 as the nation united to watch the Scot's nailbiting Centre Court battle with Roger Federer.

At the peak of the match, an audience of 16.9 million was tuning in, overnight figures showed today. That amounted to two-thirds of the TV audience at that time.

The figure compares to 20.3 million for England's Euro 2012 quarter final and 4.2 million for Sunday's British Grand Prix.


Federer: Murray is 'only going to get stronger'

"For me, playing against a Brit in the final is something that can never be taken away, and I don't take it for granted," Wimbledon champion Roger Federer told ITV News.

On Andy Murray, Federer said:

"He's got a great team around him, and I think that they're all going to take the right decisions for him to move up from here - because that's where he's going, he's not going down from here."

"He's only going to get stronger - he's at the perfect age right now to have success," he added.


Federer win nets Oxfam more than £100,000

Roger Federer's win over Andy Murray has won more than £100,000 for charity.

A gambler who died three years ago wagered the Swiss maestro would win seven or more Wimbledon titles, and the star has now achieved that feat.

Roger Federer with his winners trophy Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Nick Newlife, from Oxford, placed £1,520 on odds of 66/1 with Bookmakers William Hill.

He died in 2009, aged 59, leaving his entire estate - including the bet - to Oxfam, who can now collect £101,840.

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