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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Roger Federer 'surprised' by 2017 success after Wimbledon victory .



The 35-year-old has been back to his best this year after taking six months off following defeat in the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2016.
He started the year with victory at the Australian Open before winning Indian Wells, Miami and Halle, and then his 19th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon .

Speaking after winning Wimbledon, Federer said: "Honestly I'm incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I'm feeling, as well, how things are turning out to be on the courts, how I'm managing tougher situations, where my level of play is on a daily basis. I am surprised that it's this good.
"I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level. So I guess you would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two slams this year. People wouldn't believe me if I said that. I also didn't believe that I was going to win two this year.

"But, yeah, it's incredible. I don't know how much longer it's going to last. I have no idea. But I just have to always remind myself that health comes first at this point. If I do that, maybe things are actually possible I didn't think were."



Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for, in my opinion. If you do, I don't know, 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."
"So I totally see myself playing here this time next year. But because it's far away, because of what happened last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in every 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."


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