Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles quarter final match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2012 in London (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
WIMBLEDON, England (USA TODAY)- Pete Sampras is used to seeing Roger Federer chase down his records. Any why not? There aren't many left.
Federer defeated British hope Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to tie Sampras with 1880s player William Renshaw with his seventh Wimbledon crown on Centre Court Sunday.
The Swiss also extended his record of major titles to 17, though this was his first in 2½ years.
With the win, Federer returns to No. 1 on Monday and will share another mark with Sampras - 286 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Federer, who turns 31 in August, is the first Grand Slam winner over 30 since Andre Agassi at the 2003 Australian Open. Agassi was 32.
He's also the second oldest to hold the top ranking after 33-year-old Agassi.
Scotland's Murray managed the overwhelming expectations - no British man has won Wimbledon in 74 years - valiantly, but Federer had too many weapons on his favored grass. Murray joins his coach Ivan Lendl as the only men to lose their first four Grand Slam finals.
The stranglehold of the Big Three persists. Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won 29 of the last 30 Grand Slam championships