Federer's Wimbledon win boosts charity coffers


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Roger Federer's win over Andy Murray has won more than £100,000 for charity.

A gambler who died three years ago wagered the Swiss maestro would win seven or more Wimbledon titles, and the star has now achieved that feat.

Nick Newlife, from Oxford, placed £1,520 on odds of 66/1 with Bookmakers William Hill.

He died in 2009, aged 59, leaving his entire estate - including the bet - to Oxfam, who can now collect £101,840.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “Mr Newlife told me he had identified Roger Federer as a future serial winner at Wimbledon and wanted to place a 'sizeable' long term wager on him, which we were happy to allow him to do.

“This is one of the most remarkable bets we have ever accepted.”

The bookmakers has already paid out £16,750 to the charity from another bet placed by Mr Newlife which wagered £250 at 66/1 that Federer would win 14 Grand Slam events.

The charity estimates around 12% of its income is from legacies.