Roger Federer became the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beat Andy Roddick in five dramatic sets for a sixth Wimbledon and 15th major title.
The Swiss won 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14 in four hours and 16 minutes to surpass Pete Sampras's 14 Grand Slam wins and regain the title he lost to Rafael Nadal last year.
And Sampras was back at Wimbledon for the first time since 2002 to watch from the Royal Box as Federer made history.
Federer, 27, will now return to the top of the world rankings ahead of Nadal.
But he had to dig deep against an in-form Roddick, who had four points for a two-set lead and then battled back to force an epic fifth set as the match became the longest men's singles final ever in terms of games played.
"He played unbelievable," Federer told BBC Sport, adding: "It feels great. It was a crazy match with an unbelievable end and my head's still spinning, but it's an unbelievable moment in my career."Federer, who claimed a first French Open title last month, has now won Wimbledon six times, the US Open five times, the Australian Open three times and Roland Garros once.
Sampras was the last man to set a new mark in Grand Slams when he beat Pat Rafter in an emotional final at Wimbledon in 2000, and the American chose to return to the All England Club to witness Federer's achievement.
GRAND SLAM TITLES
15 - Roger Federer
14 - Pete Sampras
12 - Roy Emerson
11 - Rod Laver
11 - Bjorn Borg
10 - Bill Tilden
8 - Ken Rosewall
8 - Ivan Lendl
8 - Andre Agassi
8 - Jimmy Connors
8 - Fred Perry