“Honestly, I never thought I’d be able to win this tournament,” Federer said. “That’s what stands out to me three days later. I still can’t believe I was able to make it all happen. This one has a very special, different taste than all the other Grand Slams I ever won. Coming back, getting older, and people have written me off maybe, makes this one so unique.”
Federer also talked about his incredible comeback from 1-3 down against Nadal.
“I told myself, ‘You have one more set to play, pal.’ It’s so easy to get down on yourself, and say, ‘Look, it was a great run, it is a great comeback, be happy with the final. It’s fine. It’s all good.’ I didn’t allow that to creep into my mind. I told myself, ‘It’s one more set, give it everything you’ve got. He’s in pain. I’m in pain. Everyone is fighting out there, just try to play offensive tennis and take it to him. Go for your shots. Play free. Enjoy it out there. Play the ball, don’t play the opponent. Try everything. Hopefully, that’s enough.’ And it was.”
And the post-match party? He partied!
“I [left the tournament] at like 3:00 a.m.. And I went straight o the bar with my friends. We partied and danced all night long, we had a DJ. We got back at 6:30 a.m., the kids were just getting up as I came back with the trophy. One after the other, the kids came over to look to look at the trophy. It was an epic 12 hours.”
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