Roger Federer secured a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title to dash the hopes of Andy Murray and a partisan Centre Court crowd.
Federer made it 17 Grand Slam titles to his name after a two-and-a-half-year drought and matched the haul of American Pete Sampras at the All England Club.
The Swiss will return to the top of the world rankings as a result of his 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory.
The game was closely followed by a section of tennis enthusiasts in Rwanda at MTN Centre Nyarutarama and the majority cheered the winner-Federer.
For Murray, the first Briton to reach a men’s singles final at Wimbledon in 74 years, it represented his fourth defeat in major finals, his pain acutely felt by a fervent crowd at Wimbledon.
Federer’s triumph was his first at Wimbledon since 2009, his last major win coming at the Australian Open in 2010, when he also beat Murray.
Federer’s victory means he is only the second player in the men’s game to have held the top ranking over the age of 30, alongside Andre Agassi.
Meanwhile, in the ladies section, Serena Williams fended off a stirring fight back from Agnieszka Radwanska to win her fifth Wimbledon singles title with a 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory Saturday.
Williams, who wins $1.78 million, is the first woman over 30 to win Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova in 1990 and has now, matched the Wimbledon singles tally of her elder sister Venus.
They later paired up to win their fifth Wimbledon women’s doubles title, beating Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 7-5 6-4.