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Murray's win touches national nerve

The Andy Murray frenzy since winning Wimbledon runs deeper than a championship. It was about restoring an empire.

Updated: July 9, 2013, 5:41 PM ET
By Sameer Pandya | Special to ESPN.com

In a piece on Michael Jordan's return to basketball after his baseball detour in Birmingham, occasional sports writer David Remnick writes, "part of why we cleave to sports and fandom (besides the sheer escapism) is that excellence is so measureable, so knowable in numbers." Collectively as sports fans, we seem obsessed with numbers of all types. This obsession has been front and center in the frenzy surrounding Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon on Sunday.

The number in question?

Seventy-seven: ...

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