9 Jul 2012

Federer claims seventh Wimbledon title

9:48 pm on 9 July 2012

Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's singles title in London on Sunday, beating Briton Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his seventh Wimbledon title.

The win returns the 30-year-old Swiss to the world No 1 ranking and he is now level with Pete Sampras of the United States for the record of Wimbledon titles. It is his 17th Grand Slam and first since January 2010.

Play was stopped for 40 minutes due to rain on Sunday before resuming after the centre court's roof was closed.

The turning point was a marathon sixth game in the third set, when Federer eventually broke Murray's serve and took control. The match lasted three hours and 24 minutes.

Federer is also the oldest men's champion since Arthur Ashe in 1975.

His wife Mirka and their twin daughters were at Wimbledon to watch him win.

''The victory today is a dream come true today for me and my family, seeing them there,'' Federer said afterwards. ''It's big.''

Murray, 25, from Scotland was attempting to become the first Briton to win the title on home soil since Fred Perry in 1936.

Oxfam benefits from bet

A bet placed on Roger Federer nearly a decade ago has netted more than £100,000 for Oxfam.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, made a wager of £1520, at odds of 66 to 1, that the Swiss would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019, the BBC reports.

Mr Newlife died in 2009 but had left the betting slip to Oxfam in his will. The 59-year-old from Tackley had written to William Hill requesting the bet in 2003.

Federer's defeat of Andy Murray means the charity will now collect a payout from William Hill of £101,840.