Switzerland's Roger Federer defeated Scotland's Andy Murray on Sunday in the final at Wimbledon 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, winning his 7th title at the All England Club and 17th major.

Federer, who tied American great Pete Sampras for most titles at Wimbledon in the Open Era, prevented the 25-year-old Murray from becoming the first British man to win the Grand Slam event since Fred Perry in 1936.

"It's amazing," Federer said after the match. "It equals me to Pete Sampras, who's my hero. It's just amazing."

The Swiss star will be the No. 1 player in the world, with 11,075 points, when the new ATP rankings come out on Monday, tying Sampras's record for most weeks in the top spot at 286.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who had held the No. 1 spot and lost to Federer in the semis, will be at No. 2, with 11,000 points.

Spain's Rafael Nadal, who lost to journeyman Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic in the 2nd round, will fall from No. 2 to No. 3, with 8,905 points.

"Everybody always talks about the pressure of Wimbledon, how tough it is," Murray, who had to compose himself before speaking, said. "But it's not for the people watching. The support's been incredible. So thank you."

The crowd was a factor throughout the match, trying to pump up Murray so he could end the 76-year drought for British men at the tournament.

Murray will remain the world No. 4, with 7,460 points.

The 30-year-old Federer, who was playing in his 8th final at the All England Club, also won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. His only loss in a final came at the hands of Nadal in 2008.

Federer won titles earlier this year in Rotterdam and Dubai, as well as at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Madrid.

The Swiss great took home a check for 1.15 million pounds ($1.78 million), while Murray had to console himself with the runner-up's prize money of 575,000 pounds ($890,675).

Wimbledon organizers increased the total prize money this year by 10 percent.

Wimbledon is the third of four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar and the only one played on grass. EFE