Federer Claims 7th Wimbledon Title

Charles E. Sutton | 7/9/2012, 8:42 p.m.

Win ties Sampras' record

Roger Federer captured his seventh Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday, ending Britain's chance to have a Wimbledon champion for the first time since 1936. Federer came back to defeat Andy Murray 4-6,7-5,6-3,6-4 indoors on Centre Court for a record-tying championship at the All England Club.

"It feels nice," Federer said, as he held the gold trophy that only Pete Sampras has held as often in the modern era. "It's like it never left me."

After being stuck on No. 16 for two and a half years, the victory increased Federer's record total to 17 major titles, and sealed a return to the No. 1 position in the ATP rankings, surpassing Novak Djokovic, after an absence of just over two years. Federer's 286th week at No. 1 ties Sampras for the most in history.

"He doesn't want to stop now. He knows he's going to continue to play well and try to break seven, and he could very well end up with eight or nine Wimbledons," Sampras said. "I just think he's that much better than the other guys on grass, and he loves the court the way I loved that court. He's a great champion, a classy champion, and I'm really happy for him."

Each of the prior three years Murray lost in the semifinals, and this year, he was the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938, and was trying to become Britain's first men's title winner since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray is now 0-4 in grand slam finals, with three of those losses coming against Federer. "I'm getting closer," Murray told the audience afterward, as his tears flowed and his voice cracked.

"Everybody talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon, how tough it is," he said. "It's not the people watching; they make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible, so thank you."

On August 8, Federer will turn 31. He is the first male player in his thirties to win Wimbledon since Arthur Ashe in 1975. Federer, Sampras, and most tennis analysts feel that Federer can continue to win and add to all of his records.

"I'm at a much more stable place in my life. I wouldn't want anything to change," Federer said. "So this is very, very special right now."