Federer - It feels amazing
Swiss ace says Murray will win 'at least one grand slam'
Last Updated: 08/07/12 7:24pm
Roger Federer: Joined Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as a seven-time champion
Roger Federer couldn't hide his delight after winning a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown on Sunday.
The Swiss great shattered a tearful Andy Murray's dream of ending Britain's 76-year wait for an All England Club men's singles champion.
Federer, playing in his eighth Wimbledon final and 24th Grand Slam championship match, won in four sets 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 under the roof of Centre Court to join Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as a seven-time champion.
Federer, who has also regained the world number one ranking, is just the third man over 30 to win Wimbledon following Rod Laver in 1969 and Arthur Ashe in 1975.
"It equals me with Pete Sampras, who's my hero, so it feels amazing," said Federer, whose last Wimbledon title was in 2009 and was without a major since the 2010 Australian Open.
"I played some of my best tennis in my last couple of matches.
"It feels great being back here as the winner. It feels like it's never left me. I think I played some of my best tennis in the last couple of matches. I couldn't be more happy.
"It feels great being back here as the winner. It feels like it's never left me. I think I played some of my best tennis in the last couple of matches. I couldn't be more happy."
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"I started playing more even though I had a family. It all worked out and came together. It's a magical moment. It's a dream come true.
"It's nice. It's like it never left me. I've gone through some struggles and had a lot of changes in my life, so this one comes at the right time."
Federer also paid tribute to Murray, who broke down in tears during an on-court interview immediately after the match.
Murray had hoped to become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 76 years, but the world number four couldn't avoid his fourth defeat in four Grand Slam finals, three of which have come against Federer.
"He has done so well over the years. He has been so consistent and he shows he cares so deeply about tennis and this tournament," Federer added.
"He will win at least one grand slam. That's what I hope for Andy."