London - Roger
Federer dispatched Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to secure a record eighth
Wimbledon title - and a 19th overall grand slam - on Sunday.
subsequent press conference, Federer was calm and candid about many
aspects of his career: his childhood, his coaching team, his reasons for such a
high level of success, what keeps him going and his number one supporter.
“I was not
that kid who was pushed by his parents at the age of three. I was just really like
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.”
certainly paid off in a big way!
sees the relationship with his coaching team:
believed, you know. For me it was also important that my team believed it, as
like just me trying to carry the team; I need the team to carry me most of the
time because that’s the few percent that the team makes a difference.”
you’re doubting yourself, they reassure you. If you’re feeling too good, they
make sure you come back to planet earth and put you in your place.”
where I think I have a wonderful team.”
reasons does Federer attribute to his great success as a tennis player?
“I think at
this stage it’s really consistency. I’m not shying away from the big stage.
I’ve always been a big-stage player. I always felt like I played my best on the
like I dreamed pretty big as a kid. I believed that maybe things were possible
that maybe others thought were never going to be achievable.”
just think I trained really hard and really well and very clever over all the
wonderful, you know, amazing people around me in my wife today, my parents, who
always kept me grounded, you know, kept me the person I am still today.”
the game, I guess, yes, I was blessed with a lot of talent, but I also had to
work for it.”
“I love to
play. My wonderful team. My wife’s totally fine with me still playing. She’s my
number one supporter. She’s amazing.”
still love playing the big stages. I don’t mind the practice. I don’t mind the
I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in return.”
like I’m working part-time these days.”
this part-time tennis great continue to showcase his brilliance on and off the
court, bringing so much pleasure to so many fans around the world.