See Roger Federer share tears and laughter with CNN tennis correspondent Mark Murray as they discussed their recent tournament wins and how they feel about winning the Wimbledon title for the second year running
Roger Federer: “We have played like this for three years now. We have never played like this and never felt that we were going to win the championship. And so it has never been in our heads. I don’t think, in the first few weeks, that we really thought that we were going to win the Championships, never. And now we have finally done it.”
Federer has had an emotional year. He had an emotional return to competition in July as he helped Britain win the Davis Cup, as he made the Olympic men’s singles team, as he represented his country in the Davis Cup final against Spain at Wimbledon, and as he made it back to Wimbledon for the first time in eight years, having been suspended by the International Tennis Federation in May. (He lost that match, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.) And he was emotional in his victory over Rafael Nadal on Sunday. The crowd chanted “Federer” — his nickname — and Federer smiled widely and waved.
In their discussion this week, Federer talked as if he had a great game — one that has won him the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He said he’d take the win over Nadal if the Spaniard played him at Wimbledon again.
“I don’t think I should talk too much about the match,” he said. “I’m not going to be in any mood to tell you about the match.”
Murray: “The first set, I thought I was losing because I was tired. We’d played so much in the first set, I thought I was done. Then I started to see the way he was playing, and I started to believe he was back to his best.”
And then, in the first game of the second set, as Murray said, “he just changed it all for the next two sets.”
Federer: “I believe in change because in tennis it’s not about winning