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Wimbledon Results, Swiss and American Take Singles Titles - 2003-07-07


Roger Federer of Switzerland has won his first Wimbledon championship, while Martina Navratilova has taken the mixed doubles title -- her record-tying 20th title at the grand slam tennis event in London.

Federer, the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam event, played almost a perfect game in his three-set victory (7-6, 6-2, 7-6) over the hard-serving Mark Philippoussis of Australia.

He blasted 21 aces past Philippoussis, who had 14 aces of his own in the exciting match. Not intimidated by the larger, powerful Australian, the agile Swiss remained cool on the court, playing an intelligent, finesse game.

Upon winning, the 21-year-old dropped to his knees on the court, and cried tears of joy. Federer's style of play has been compared to his childhood idol, Pete Sampras, as well as Andre Agassi.

Navratilova's mixed doubles victory with partner Leander Paes of India ties her with legendary fellow-American Billie Jean King for the most Wimbledon championships. At 46 years old, she also is the oldest player to win a Wimbledon title.

Navratilova and Paes defeated Anastassia Rodionova of Russia and Andy Ram of Israel n straight sets, 6-3, 6-3).

On Saturday, defending champion Serena Williams of the United States won the Wimbledon omen's title.

Serena beat her older sister Venus in three sets, (4-6, 6-4, 6-2). Venus struggled throughout the match with a strained abdominal muscle.

Serena and Venus have faced each other six times in the finals of a Grand Slam event. Between them, they have won the last four Wimbledon championships, two apiece.