THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer. Questions, please.
Q. Back to 2001, beating your idol Pete Sampras, to this day lifting your eighth trophy, can you imagine ever doing this?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I didn’t think I was going to be this successful after beating Pete here. I hoped to have a chance maybe one day to be in a Wimbledon finals and have a chance to win the tournament.
Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for, in my opinion. If you do, I don’t know, you must have so much talent and parents and the coaches that push you from the age of three on, who think you’re like a project.
I was not that kid. I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour. I guess I dreamed, I believed, and really hoped that I could actually maybe really do it, you know, to make it real. So I put in a lot of work, and it paid off.
The other question was?
Q. The changes you made to be back on this stage after leaving the tournament here last year with a lot of doubts.
ROGER FEDERER: Honestly, it was all based on health. It wasn’t about the game itself, how I should play when I come back to Wimbledon this year. It was all just put myself in a good physical state that I could compete with the best and play seven times five sets. That was my goal.
I achieved that. When I showed up here in Wimbledon, I was actually already very happy.
Q. In your on-court interview, you said, I hope to be back, I hope this is not my last match. What assurances can you give, barring any bath-related incidents?
ROGER FEDERER: We never know what happens (smiling).
to be continued..