Roger Federer beat Andy Murray on Sunday to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title - and in the process earned over £100,000 for charity Oxfam.
Federer beat Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to match the mark set by Pete Sampras, reclaiming the world No. 1 ranking with his 17th Grand Slam title.
While most of the United Kingdom were cheering on Murray, Federer's win over a tearful 25-year-old at the All-England Club will have been welcomed by Oxfam, who will now pocked a six-figure windfall as a result of a bet placed by a gambler who is now DEAD.
A gambler spotted the Wimbledon-winning potential of Federer nine years ago and staked a hefty bet with bookmakers William Hill.
Nick Newlife of Oxford had staked a £1520 bet in 2003 at odds of 66/1 that before the year 2020 Federer would win Wimbledon on seven occasions.
Mr Newlife died in 2009 at the age of 59, bequeathing his entire estate, including the Federer bet placed in 2003, to Oxfam.
Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe told Crunchsports.com: "Nick Newlife was a keen gambler on sports, and in particular a great tennis fan, whose two favourite players were Roger Federer and Andy Roddick - he staked bets on each of them to become multiple Wimbledon winners, but sadly did not live to see Roger land perhaps the most spectacular bet we have ever taken on tennis."
The bet returns £101,840 - to add to the £37,000 he also won from bets on the Swiss winning 5 Wimbledons, 12 and 14 Grand Slams.