Roger Federer has exclusively told CNN that he was so excited after his historic Wimbledon victory over Andy Roddick, that he could not sleep on Sunday night.
Federer’s sixth Wimbledon title in seven years gave him his 15th grand slam victory — surpassing the watching Pete Sampras’ record of 14 — and thr Swiss has admitted he still cannot believe he has been able to achieve such an histhoric feat. “It’s going to take some time to digest what I’ve done because it was such an historic day for me and for tennis. “It’s unbelievable that I am the main character in such a wonderful journey and I could not go to bed on Sunday night because I was still so excited by what I had achieved,” said Federer — whose victory also lifted him above the injured Rafael Nadal to the top of the world rankings. Federer profile: The greatest ever “I have never been part of a match that has ended 16-14 in the fifth set so it was a special moment, although everything still feels pretty crazy.”
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Federer also revealed that he likes to savor each big tournament victory as much as possible, by reading media reports and looking at recordings of the match. “I try to read how the fans viewed the match to get their perspective. I like to view as many videos and photos as possible just so I can understand how the match went. “Sometimes you can walk off the court and not remember anything of the match you have just played in, but I like to relive the moments which helps me digest and understand what happened.”
The Wimbledon champion also revealed that good friend Tiger Woods loves it when the Swiss maestro wins tournaments. “Tiger wants me to dominate. He loves it when I go on court and show them who’s the man — because that’s what he likes to do. “It’s good to have friends on a similar level in sporting terms. Tiger always sends me messages of support and is really enthusiastic about my career. It gives me a big boost.”