Stars come out in force to see Roger serve up a tennis classic

Match point won at last: the tennis golden boy is jubilant after over four gruelling hours on court
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A clutch of Hollywood heavyweights watched in awe at the weekend as Roger Federer played his way into the history books.

Russell Crowe, Woody Allen and Ben Stiller were at Wimbledon to see the Swiss champion lift the All England Club trophy for a sixth time - and surpass Pete Sampras' tally of 14 major tournament victories.

After an epic battle with America's Andy Roddick – lasting over four hours and talking 77 games over five sets – the Basle-born ace claimed a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title.

On clinching match point he leapt off the ground, punching the air with joy.

Pete, who still holds the record for Wimbledon wins with seven titles, looked on from the royal box. "For me, Federer would go down as the greatest of all time," he said.

Also caught up in the excitement was the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and her boyfriend England rugby star Mike Tindall, as well as designer Ralph Lauren.

In the next few weeks Roger faces another momentous event, this time of a personal kind. He is due to become a father when his wife Mirka gives birth to their first child.

The couple wed three months ago in an intimate spring wedding, which he announced on Twitter.

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