Age-defying Roger Federer stated after successful his third Grand Slam title in a yr and a file 20th title, that retirement from tennis isn’t but on his thoughts.
The 36-year-old Swiss marvel continues to defy the years and attrition price, reaching his 30th Grand Slam decider and claiming his sixth Australian crown.
The world No.2 received back-to-back Australian Open by beating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-Three, Three-6, 6-1 on Sunday, dropping his solely units of a stress-free event.
Federer, who downed nice rival Rafael Nadal in a traditional five-set Australian last final yr, eased via this yr’s occasion with 5 of his seven matches ending on or underneath two hours and he spent only a complete of 13hr 53min on courtroom.
Asked after his Melbourne triumph how for much longer he can proceed on the summit of males’s tennis, he replied: “No concept. Honest, I don’t know. I don’t know.
“I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself. I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.”
Federer stated his age didn’t come into it when questions had been raised about his persevering with longevity.
“I don’t think age is an issue, it’s just a number,” he stated.
“But I must be very cautious in my planning, actually resolve beforehand what are my targets, what are my priorities.
“I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.”
But he added: “Exciting times ahead. As a professional, it’s what we do. But I’m happy I’m in that position right now.”
His emotional victory in Sunday put him alongside Novak Djokovic and Australian Roy Emerson with essentially the most Australian titles at six.
While his long-time rivals Nadal, Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray have damage issues heading into the brand new season, not solely did Federer blaze on into the ultimate however he completed stronger than Cilic, who’s seven years youthful, within the fifth set.
Federer was the oldest man at 36 to succeed in the Australian Open last since Australians Ken Rosewall (37) and Mal Anderson (36) performed within the 1972 decider.
He defined his circumstances which allowed him to play on.
“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible. I enjoy practice. Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible,” he stated.
“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.”
Federer is the daddy of two units of twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and Leo and Lenny with spouse Mirka, a former participant he met on the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Despite his win Federer will stay world No.2 behind Nadal whereas Cilic has climbed from six to a career-high three.
Cilic overcame Federer on the best way to successful the 2014 US Open last, but it surely stays his solely win in 10 encounters.