Wimbledon 2017: ageless Roger Federer pinpoints lighter schedule as key to grand slam revival

Tennis: Roger Federer has created even more history
claiming his eighth Wimbledon crown after cruising
past Marin Cilic.

The crowd rise to acclaim the new Wimbledon champion.

ROGER Federer has delivered the ultimate backhander
to his rivals — he’s working part-time and still winning
grand slams.

Swiss great wins eighth Wimbledon

Glorying in an eighth Wimbledon title, Federer attributed an
amazing renaissance to a lighter schedule.

Roger Federer expects to be back to defend his title in 2018.

Roger Federer expects to be
back to defend his title in 2018.

“I love playing the big stages still. I don’t mind the
practice. I don’t mind the travel,” he said.

“Because I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in
return. I feel like I’m working part-time these days almost,
which is a great feeling.

“What keeps me going? I don’t know, I love to play. Wonderful
team. My wife’s (Mirka) totally fine with me still playing.
She’s my No 1 supporter. She’s amazing.”

As Federer revelled in a 19th major, the Swiss artist struggled
to reconcile the magnitude of his achievement.

Wimbledon: Roger Federer was brought to tears after
winning his 8th Wimbledon crown.

“Winning eight (titles) is not something you can ever aim for,
in my opinion,” he said.

“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.

Roger Federer continues to set tennis records.

Roger Federer continues to set
tennis records.
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“I guess I dreamt, 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.”

Federer, 35, batted away suggestions he had contested his final
Wimbledon, just as he did at January’s Australian Open.

“Honestly, ever since I had the year I had last year, I do
think probably like a year ahead of time with my schedule,
fitness schedule, tournaments I would like to play,” he said.

Wimbledon: Roger Federer had stunned the Wimbledon
crowd by winning his 8th title with a straight sets win
over Marin Cilic, but the moment may have been lost on
his two adorable sets of young twins.

“So I totally see myself playing here this time next year.

“But because it’s far away, because of what happened (knee
injury) last year, I just like to take the opportunity to thank
the people in the very 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.

The moment of success for Roger Federer.

The moment of success for
Roger Federer.
Source:Getty Images

“Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament, will always be
my favourite tournament.

“My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here.
Because of them, I think I became a better player, too.

“To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me
just because of all of that really. It’s that simple.

“Funny enough, I didn’t think that much of it throughout today,
throughout the trophy ceremony.

“I was more just so happy that I was able to win Wimbledon
again because it’s been a long road, it’s been an exciting
road. It’s been tough at times, but that’s how it’s supposed to

Tennis: 35 year old Roger Federer has become the oldest
Wimbledon winner in the Open Era and the first man
since Bjorn Borg more than 40 years ago to go through
the entire tournament without dropping a set.

“So to be Wimbledon champion for an entire year now is
something I can’t wait to savour and just enjoy. So it was
super special.

“Eight obviously means a lot to me because at that level, to be
part of Wimbledon history, is truly amazing.”

Originally published as
Part-time Fed getting more out of playing less

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