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Federer 'surprised' by 2017 success after Wimbledon win

From BBC - July 16, 2017

Roger Federer said he always believed he could win Wimbledon again, after ending a five-year wait for his eighth title with victory over Marin Cilic.

The Swiss, 35, won 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the most successful man in Wimbledon singles history, and claim a 19th Grand Slam title.

Federer's previous triumph at the All England Club was in 2012, and he has since lost in the 2014 and 2015 finals.

"It's special, Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament," he said.

"I truly believed. For me, it was also important that my team believed it, as well.

"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."

Fourteen years after his first Wimbledon triumph, Federer added to his lengthy list of achievements:

Federer has lost just two matches in 2017, and held match points in both of those, collecting titles at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Masters, Halle and now Wimbledon.

His success is all the more remarkable after he left the All England Club 12 months ago and chose to miss the rest of 2016 to fully recover from a knee injury.

The Swiss returned to win his 18th major title in Melbourne, sparking a superb run of form, but then skipped the clay-court season and took a 10-week break.

"Honestly, I am incredibly surprised how well this year is going, how well I am feeling," said Federer.

"I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level. I guess you would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year. People would not believe me if I said that.

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