Roger Federer pays tribute to his late Australian coach

Toby Graves
January 31, 2017

It was nice to see the sun rise over Melbourne. It was a long night but it was a lot of fun.

Having tuned up possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, Jasika said he never had a doubt the Australian public was in for an incredible match. All of the pressure just went away and we were just all celebrating. I don't know how much I slept if I even did sleep.

"I just started seeing flashes of me with the trophy, flashes of me winning and normally I only get that when I start feeling good and I'm in the right mindset".

Federer also had the time 'To look at some highlights again to remember again how close the match was and to go through some emotions again.

"I think I was able to shuffle all those things around in my head and believe until the very end I could actually turn it around and the last four games were just epic, so I couldn't be happier". "This one is going to feel extra special".

"I was aware it was a big match but maybe not quite like this".

Commenting about his physical condition, Roger admitted that was exhausted. I am very exhausted right now, my legs hurt like mad and my back's stiff too because I didn't take any treatment, plus I was dancing last night. Eventually I made it.

And Federer also spoke highly of Tony Roche, another former coach of his.

"She was there when I had no titles and she's still here 89 titles later".

Federer, who confessed to being more of "a fun dancer" than a good one, said he was thrilled his two-year-old twin boys Leo and Lennart got to experience their father winning a Grand Slam for the first time, while seven-year-old daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva were "super excited" to see his trophy.

"It did a little bit potentially". After that he'd play Indian Wells and Miami before a European clay court schedule he hadn't yet fully planned.

'Wimbledon over Roland Garros yes, then the US Open.

"I learnt a lot off him and hopefully I'll get to hit with him again next time he's here and in the future". So I guess Wimbledon, I know I have a better shot there.

Federer had lost six of the previous eight Grand Slam finals he'd played against Nadal and was 11-23 in their career meetings.

'But if I think back to how I played in December in practice in Dubai with (French top 20 player) Lucas Pouille and all the other guys, I was playing so well in practice.

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