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Roger Federer Reveals His Inspiration For Record Breaking Wimbledon Win

Roger Federer Reveals His Inspiration For Record Breaking Wimbledon Win

Just 12 months ago, Roger Federer was watching the Wimbledon final from the sidelines.

During a semi-final exit at the hands of Milos Raonic, the Swiss picked up a knee injury which could have signalled the beginning of Federer's Farewell Tour™.

The future looked bleak for a legend of the game.

Of course, the 35-year-old didn't subscribe to any such nonsense and a return to the court this year has seen him lift the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon title this year.

Federer became oldest Wimbledon winner in the Open era and after his record-breaking performance, he revealed his drive to continue winning Grand Slam titles.

What keeps me going? I don't know, I love to play. Wonderful team. My wife's totally fine with me still playing. She's my number one supporter. She's amazing.

Yeah, I love playing the big stages still. I don't mind the practice. I don't mind the travel. 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.

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Heading into Sunday's final, Federer was keenly aware of the records that could be broken and the history that could be made.

To block some of that additional pressure can be tough for elite sportspeople, but Federer admitted the carrot of doing something that has never before been done was "a great extra motivator".

Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament, will always be my favorite tournament. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too.

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

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

You can see Federer's full post-final press conference here. The Swiss great hinted that he may not return to Wimbledon. What a way to bow out if so.

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Cian Roche

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