And finally he made Andy Murray cry.
Fourth-seeded Murray, who is 0-4 in Grand Slam tournament finals and has been beaten by Federer in three of those, tried to speak to the sympathetic Centre Court crowd after the final shot.
"Getting closer," Murray said before breaking down.
As he tried to regain his composure he said, "I hope I can get through this," and then he congratulated the champion. "Not bad for a 30-year-old."
Federer had a more fierce reaction that was filled with fist pumps and yells.
As he got further and further from his 2010 Australian Open title, his last major title before Sunday, Federer paid attention to the sounds of doubt, to words written and spoken that he might be too old.
But Federer said he never considered them.
"I knew how close I was the last few years and some people didn't quite see that," Federer said. "But I knew and I think the belief got me to victory today."
Performing in front of a Royal Box populated with British Prime Minister David Cameron, soccer great David Beckham and his wife Victoria and the Dutchess of Cambridge, more familiar as Kate Middleton, and her sister Pippa, Federer was relentless in taking away hometown hope, never more so than in the sixth game of the third set.
Murray served through 10 deuces and saved five break points, but on the sixth it appeared Federer used every shot he knew until Murray could only lunge with a forehand. The ball landed in the net and Murray hung his head. That gave Federer a 5-2 lead, and about four minutes later he served out the set, the winning shot coming with an authoritative ace.
As if gathering energy by the moment, Federer grabbed the first break of the fourth set with a breathtaking backhand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead, and from there Murray could not even earn a break point.
With the win, Federer will return to being ranked No. 1 in the world Monday, his 286th week at the top, which ties Pete Sampras. Sampras, who last won Wimbledon in 2000, and William Renshaw, whose last Wimbledon win was in 1889, also have seven titles here.
There was a 40-minute rain delay in the third set, and after that the Centre Court roof was closed, making the final the first to be played both outdoors and indoors.
When play resumed, Federer came out aggressively.
"I played some of my best tennis the past couple of matches," said Federer, who upset defending champion and soon-to-be-formerly No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
A more composed Murray, who hadn't won a set in his first three major finals appearances, said he found positives to take away from the emotional loss.
"I played better this time in the final," he said. "That's the main thing. It's not an easy tournament for British players in many ways, but I think I dealt with all the extra things better than maybe I had done in the past."
The 25-year-old Murray also said Federer should now be considered one of the greatest athletes in history, along with Pele and Muhammad Ali and another tennis player, Rafael Nadal.
"And he's still playing amazing tennis," Murray said. "A lot of people have been asking me, 'Has he started slipping? Is he not playing as well? But if you look at the matches he lost the last couple of years, some were very, very close, matches he could have won. He could be sitting on 20 Grand Slams if one point or a couple of inches changed here or there. He's still playing great tennis. I don't think you get to No. 1 unless you deserve it."