Part-time Roger too good
Eight titles – and he wants more
TENNIS: Roger Federer has delivered the ultimate backhander to his rivals – he’s working part-time and still winning grand slams.
Celebrating an eighth Wimbledon title, Federer attributed an amazing renaissance to a lighter schedule.
“I love playing the big stages still. I don’t mind the practice. I don’t mind the travel,” he said.
“Because I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in return. I feel like I’m working part-time these days almost, which is a great feeling.
“What keeps me going? I don’t know, I love to play. Wonderful team. My wife’s (Mirka) totally fine with me still playing. She’s my No.1 supporter. She’s amazing.”
As Federer revelled in a 19th major, the Swiss artist struggled to reconcile the magnitude of his achievement.
“Winning eight (titles) is not something you can ever aim for,” he said.
“If you do, you must have so much talent and parents and the coaches that push you from the age of three on, who think you’re like a project.
“I was not that kid. I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour.
“I guess I dreamed, I believed, and really hoped that I could actually maybe really do it, you know, to make it real. So I put in a lot of work, and it paid off.”
Federer, 35, batted away suggestions he had contested his final Wimbledon, just as he did at January’s Australian Open.
“Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I do think probably like a year ahead of time with my schedule, fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play,” he said.
“So I totally see myself playing here this time next year.
“But because it’s far away, because of what happened (knee injury) last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in the very moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I’m back.
“There’s never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.
“Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament, will always be my favourite tournament.
“My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too.
“To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that really. It’s that simple.
“Funny enough, I didn’t think that much of it throughout today, throughout the trophy ceremony.
“I was more just so happy that I was able to win Wimbledon again because it’s been a long road, it’s been an exciting road. It’s been tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.
“So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is something I can’t wait to savour and just enjoy. So it was super special.
“No eight obviously means a lot to me because at that level, to be part of Wimbledon history, is truly amazing.”
AGE DOES NOT WEARY HIM: Federer holds the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy again.