Roger Federer: 'I dreamed, believed and hoped. I'm incredibly surprised'- View: 20392 by Gatto Luigi
Roger Federer won five titles including two Grand Slam titles and 32 matches on 34 played, which was something unthinkable after that he took a six month break after Wimbledon last year. 'Honestly I'm incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I'm feeling, as well, how things are turning out to be on the courts, how I'm managing tougher situations, where my level of play is on a daily basis', admitted the Swiss player after beating Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4.
'I am surprised that it's 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 wouldn't believe me if I said that.
I also didn't believe that I was going to win two this year. But, yeah, it's incredible. I don't know how much longer it's going to last. I have no idea. But I just have to always remind myself that health comes first at this point.
If I do that, maybe things are actually possible I didn't think were.' At the beginning of the season he was doubtful about an eventual come back at his best level. 'I did ask the question sincerely, to everybody on my team, if they thought I could win majors again or if I could win the biggest tournaments or if I could win against the best on a regular basis.
Basically the answer was always the same from them: that they thought if you're 100% healthy and you're well-prepared, you're eager to play, then anything's possible.
But if those things, those components are not working, it's going to be extremely difficult.' No one won eight Wimbledon titles, no man won 19 Grand Slam titles in the tennis history. He did it. 'I didn't think I was going to be this successful after beating Pete here [in 2001]', Roger revealed. '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.' In the prize ceremony he said that he hopes to come back next year. Why is he not so sure? 'Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I think like a year ahead of time with my schedule, fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play.
So I totally see myself playing here this time next year. But because it's far away, because of what happened last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank the people in every moment, and make them understand, yes, I hope that I'm back.
There's never a guarantee, especially not at 35, 36. But the goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.' Federer finally spoke about his short term plans. He said that he is not sure he will play Masters 1000 Montreal in three weeks: 'I'll sit down with my team tomorrow and we will decide.
I definitely plan to play Cincinnati and US Open obviously.' ALSO READ: Michael Chang: 'There is a reason why Federer wins the FairPlay Award' .