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July 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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Federer bests Murray for Wimbledon title

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- Swiss superstar Roger Federer rallied for his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, outplaying Britain's Andy Murray in four sets.

Federer tied Pete Sampras for the most career Wimbledon crowns after dropping the first set but then rebounding for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Scotsman.

The 30-year-old Swiss icon, who made the final after dispatching Novak Djokovic in Friday's semifinals, regained the world No. 1 ranking from the Serb while collecting his 17th career Grand Slam title, the most of any player in history -- but his first since 2010.

"It feels great being back here as the winner ... it's a great moment," he said during the trophy presentation.

Federer reached seven straight Wimbledon finals from 2003-09, winning six of them, and was the 2008 runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

He capped a lengthy rally in the second set with a drop volley, breaking Murray in the 12th game to even the match before rain forced a 40-minute delay at 1-all in the third set.

Centre Court's retractable roof was closed and after play was resumed, the Swiss again broke Murray for a 4-2 lead to cap a marathon game and closed out the set with an ace.

Federer broke for a 3-2 lead in the fourth set with a cross-court backhand past Murray and cruised to the victory -- his 75th career title and his fifth in 2012.

Murray, meanwhile, fell short in his bid to become the first Briton to win a Wimbledon men's title since 1936.

The 25-year-old dropped to 0-4 in Grand Slam finals but broke a streak in which he had failed to win a set.

He also lost to the Swiss in the 2010 Australian Open final -- Federer's most recent Grand Slam title until Sunday -- and in the 2008 U.S. Open finale.

France's Pinot wins Tour's Stage 8

PORRENTRUY, Switzerland, July 8 (UPI) -- France's Thibaut Pinot claimed Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France Sunday while Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey indicative of the overall lead.

Pinot of the FDJ-BigMat team steadily moved up from the back of the field and grabbed the lead 550 yards before the top of the final of seven climbs along the 97-mile trek from Belfort to Porrentruy in Switzerland.

He held off Jurgen van den Broeck and defending champion Cadel Evans for the stage victory, clocking in with a time of 3 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.

Australia's Evans claimed second place, just ahead of Britain's Wiggins, 26 seconds behind Pinot.

Wiggins hung onto a 10-second lead over Evans in the race for the overall championship.

Siem takes first Euro win since 2004

PARIS, July 8 (UPI) -- Germany's Marcel Siem collected his first European Tour victory since 2004 Sunday, firing a 4-under 67 to claim the Open de France.

Siem, whose last victory came eight years ago at the Dunhill Championship, didn't record a bogey until the final hole, finishing at at 8-under 276.

That was good for one-stroke victory over Francesco Molinari, who carded a 7-under 64.

The German essentially sealed the victory with a 4-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole.

France's Raphael Jacquelin stumbled to three bogeys over his last 10 holes, ending with a 2-under 69 for third place at minus-6.

Knotted for fourth place at 5-under 279 were third-round co-leader David Howell (72), David Lynn (68) and Ian Poulter (69).

Webber catches Alonso for British GP win

SILVERSTONE, England, July 8 (UPI) -- Red Bull's Mark Webber passed Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the late going Sunday and went on to claim the British Grand Prix.

Thanks to fresher tires, Webber was able to catch up with pole-sitter Alonso, who led for most of the 52-lap event, pass him, and beat him to the finish line by 3.1 seconds.

Webber notched his second win of the season, the ninth of his Formula One career and his second British Grand Prix victory in three years.

Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel grabbed third place. Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus completed the Top 5.

Webber used the victory to reduce Alonso's lead in the world championship standings to 13 points.

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