But he said the modern era meant players were under more pressure to chase records.
"I don't feel better than anyone, because we need past champions to pave the way for our generation and we have become very professional," he said.
"They have led the way and inspired myself and other players to chase the big records out there.
Top Grand Slam title winners
17: Roger Federer
14: Pete Sampras
12: Roy Emerson
11: Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver
10: Bill Tilden
"Back in the day they weren't doing that, they were just playing to play tennis. Things have changed dramatically with the press reminding us 'you should do this and win that and you'll be considered the greatest of all time'.
"And anyway I don't think you can compare different eras in tennis."
Victory means Federer has emulated Pete Sampras and William Renshaw by capturing seven men's singles titles at the All England Club.
And it took the 30-year-old back to the top of the world rankings, defying critics who had suggested he was past his best.
"I knew how close I was for the last few years but some people didn't quite see that," he said.
"I think the belief got me to victory today, and almost two other ones in the last couple of years as well."
Federer had endured a 30-month wait for his 17th Grand Slam title, having last won a major at the 2010 Australian Open, where he beat Murray in straight sets.
"I think it was a time where I just had to believe that things were going to turn around for me," he said.
"I think I'm playing some of the best tennis of my life right now."
Last year's showing at the All England Club was a low point for Federer, going out in the quarter-finals to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Tom FordyceChief sports writer, BBC Sport
Murray, having had a shot at sporting immortality, will be haunted by this one for a while. But while it will be of little comfort to him now, another rather different battle might finally have been won.
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