Roger Federer Admits That He Never Thought To Be A Wimbledon Champion:- Ace Tennis Champion Roger Federer made some remarkable comments about his victory in the Wimbledon Champion Trophy.
Federer admitted he never dreamed to be an Wimbledon Champion and would even have laughed if he was told he would win two majors in 2017.
The Swiss star, an eight-time Wimbledon Champion, will turn 36 in three weeks’ time. He eased past the mark of seven All England Club titles he had shared with Pete Sampras since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win over injury-hit Marin Cilic in the final yesterday.
To announce himself as a star in the making, it was 16 years ago when Federer famously defeated Sampras at Wimbledon.
However, it was not until 2003 that he captured his first All England Club title. On the all-time list, now Federer has 19 majors, four clear of closest rival Rafael Nadal.
“I did not think I was going to be this successful after beating Pete here,” said Federer who also won a fifth Australian Open in January. “I hoped to have a chance maybe one day to be in a Wimbledon final and have a chance to win the tournament. Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for. 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 are like a project. I was not that kid.”
Federer as a faded force, had been written off when he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the semi-finals by Milos Raonic last year. Immediately, he shut down his season, to rest a knee injury. The decision that he took for the first time he took in his professional career, meant he would go through an entire campaign without adding to his trophy haul.
Before he skipped the clay court season, his Australian Open triumph led to back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami. On Sunday, his record triumph in south-west London took his career trophy collection to a staggering 93, followed by a ninth Halle grass court title. Since Bjorn Borg in 1976, Roger was the first man to win the title without dropping a set in the straight-sets cruise of Sunday.
He is also the oldest Wimbledon men’s champion of the modern era.
“I a m incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I’m feeling, how I’m managing tougher situations, where my level of play is on a daily basis,” added Federer.
“I am surprised that it is 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 would not believe me if I said that. I also did not believe that I was going to win two this year.”
Despite delivering what many fans fear sounded like a farewell speech to Centre Court, Federer also insisted he fully intends to defend his Wimbledon title in 2018.
“We never know what happens,” said the Swiss star, who had told the crowd in his victory speech: “I hope to be back, I hope this was not my last match”.
He later clarified his remarks, telling reporters: “Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I think a year ahead of time, you know, with my schedule, fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play.” “So I totally see myself playing here this time next year.
“There is never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.”