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I never stopped believing says Federer after Wimbledon win number seven

The Swiss maestro cherished the ‘great moment’ of his record-breaking 17th Grand Slam and praised Andy Murray.

Roger Federer with Wimbledon title number seven.
Roger Federer with Wimbledon title number seven.
Image: EMPICS Sport

ROGER FEDERER LINGERED as long as the cameras had flashes on centre court as he soaked up the acclaim following title number seven in a remarkable Wimbledon career.

The 30-year-old’s win saw him take home Grand Slam number 17 and meant, Federer joked, that he would be off babysitting duty for the night.

The arrival of twin daughters, Charlene and Myla, were a bright point in Federer’s life amid a period of high profile defeats in major tournaments.

He dropped from number one in the world as he was overtaken, first, by Rafa Nadal and then Novak Djokovic but, Federer claimed, he never lost faith in regaining the top spot.

“I never stopped believing,” he declared. Federer added:

I played some of my best tennis in the last few matches. I seem to play my best tennis in the semi-finals and finals here and it happened again.

“I couldn’t be more happy. It is a great moment.”

A word for Andy

Federer had some words of consolation for an emotional Andy Murray moments after the Scot had been defeated in his fourth Grand Slam final appearance.

He said, “He has done so well over the years and has been so consistent. It shows how important tennis and Wimbledon is to him.

“He will win at least one Grand Slam, that is my hope.”

Federer and Murray show off their new ornaments. (EMPICS Sport)

Murray, for his part, took a while to compose himself and remarked ‘I’m getting closer’ before receiving a rapturous applause from the crowds inside centre court.

He said, “I’d like to congratulate Roger. I was asked the other day, after my semi-final, if this was my best chance to win. Roger is 30 now and a great player for a 30-year-old. He showed some fight, especially after he had some struggles with his back earlier in the tournament.” Murray added:

Everyone talks about the pressure of Wimbledon and how it isn’t easy to play but it is not easy watching. You (the crowd) have been incredible. Thank you.”

Federer’s win equals the Wimbledon Mens’ record of Pete Sampras.

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