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Nine years ago British tennis fan Nick Newlife wagered £1,520 (that’s pounds) at 66-1 odds that then 21-year-old Roger Federer, who had just won his first Wimbledon title, would win at least seven Wimbledon titles by 2019.
Newlife died in 2009 at the age of 69. He left the betting slip to Oxfam, a global confederation of organizations devoted to eradicating poverty and responding to famine.
Sunday, after Federer beat Andy Murray in four sets (ending Murray’s bid to become the first British man in 76 years to win at the All England Club) to take his seventh Wimbledon title, Oxfam cashed in the betting slip and added £101,840 to its coffers.
The late Nick Newlife’s faith in Roger Federer resulted in a handsome donation to Oxfam.
Gavin Cowan, a one-time neighbor of Newlife, told the Daily Mail that Newlife placed a series of long-term bets, intending to give the proceeds to charity.
Yesterday’s victory was Federer’s 17th career Grand Slam singles title. No one else has won mo...
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer The morning after Roger Federer won a record-tying seventh Wimbledon championship, he returned to the site of his latest triumph to conduct interviews in various languages and, while there, ran into All England Club Chairman Philip Brook.
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Roger Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title in typical Federer fashion.
The debate of whether Roger Federer is indeed the best tennis player to ever pick up a racquet will inevitably resume, most likely in Roger’s favour, in the coming days. Comparing players across generations often leads to great discussion but it’s a fruitless debate. No one can truly be right...
WIMBLEDON – On Sunday No. 3 Roger Federer will play World No. 4 Andy Murray for the 2012 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s singles title.
Federer is seeking a record tying seventh title and a return to the No. 1 ranking which will tie him for a record number of weeks at the top spot with Pete Sampras.
Murray in looking for his first major title. Should Murray win, he’d be the first British...
What a fortnight. Roger Federer capped off what was arguably the best Wimbledon since at least 2008, and while he's deservedly claimed center stage for the time being, the tournament brought us many memorable moments that will endure in tennis lore. With all of the history that was made at this year's Championships, it's tough to isolate the five best stories, but that...
Wimbledon Boxscore By The Associated Press Sunday At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Wimbledon, England Men's Final Roger Federer (3) def. Andy Murray (4), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Federer Murray
1st Serve Percentage 69 56
Aces 12 16
Double Faults 3 1
1st Serve Winning Pct. 76 69
2nd Serve Winning Pct. 49 48
Fastest serve (mph) 130 133
Average 1st serve speed...
By tying Pete Sampras with a record seven Wimbledon titles,
Roger Federer also has tied the American's career mark of 286 weeks
at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
By tying Pete Sampras with a record seven Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer also has tied the American's career mark of 286 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
In Monday's new rankings, Federer jumps from No. 3 to the top, overtaking Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Federer last was No. 1 in June 2010.
Djokovic, who'd been No. 1 since winning Wimbledon last year, lost...
Andy Murray took on Roger Federer at Wimbledon today and it looked like Murray had a chance. Murray was winning at first and then Federer started to take control of the game. After a rain delay, Roger Federer completely took control of the match and finished off Murray.
Murray got the chance to make his very emotional post game speech at Wimbledon to the crowd and everyone watching...
It seems like all of Wimbledon is cheering for Andy Murray over Roger Federer today except for Murray’s girlfriend. She gave the golf clap a few times. Meanwhile, they are showing Murray’s hometown bar with a line of people out of the door going absolutely bat **** crazy. Federer almost took a ball to the face. Just look at all of these photos of everyone going freaking crazy...
Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, but he took the loss like a man. Just kidding, he cried like a little *****. The post-game breakdown was complete with awkward silences, blubbering, and tears during his trembling speech.
Men 7 - Willie Renshaw (1881-86, 1889); Pete Sampras (1993-95, 1997-00); Roger Federer (2003-07, 2009, 2012)
5 - Laurie Doherty (1902-06); Bjorn Borg, Sweden (1976-80)
4 - Reggie Doherty (1897-00); Tony Wilding, New Zealand (1910-13); Rod Laver (1961-62, 1968-69)
Women 9 - Martina Navratilova (1978-79, 1982-87, 1990)
8 - Helen Wills Moody (1927-30, 1932-33, 1935, 1938)
7 - Dorothea...