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Federer reflects on historic win

Roger Federer

Federer's historic 'morning after' (UK users only)

Roger Federer says he is still trying to come to terms with his record 15th Grand Slam win at Wimbledon.

He surpassed Pete Sampras's total of 14 major titles by defeating Andy Roddick in five sets in Sunday's final.

"I'm still processing the whole thing because a lot has happened in the last few weeks," the 27-year-old said.

"It was such a historic day in tennis and me being the main character in this... I have so many pictures going through my mind," he told the BBC.

Federer, from Switzerland, overcame Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 in a dramatic final on Centre Court - a victory which makes him arguably the greatest player in Grand Slam history.

It was his sixth Wimbledon triumph, having lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final, and restored him to the top of the world rankings at the expense of his injured Spanish rival.

More than 11 million viewers tuned in to see Federer's historic win on BBC One.

Federer admitted he had been trying to absorb as much of it as possible which, along with his responsibilities at the post-tournament dinner led to him getting little sleep.

I always get inspired by guys who did something at the highest of levels for such a long time and who are true champions and great ambassadors for their sport.

Roger Federer

"It's hard to switch off," he said. "I want to see the match point again, I want to read something about what the fans saw, how the media saw it.

"I had about two hours sleep, but it doesn't matter. I slept enough to last three weeks and I still feel great."

Federer acknowledged his celebrations were somewhat reserved after a marathon 30-game final set but this was partly out of respect for an opponent he has now beaten three times in Wimbledon finals.

"It was a combination of being maybe a little bit sad for Andy after seeing Rafa was sad for me at Wimbledon last year," he explained.

"I felt like it was such a gruelling match, everybody was tired and felt for Andy so I didn't want to make a drama about it but I knew the importance and that it was one of the greatest moments in my tennis career.

"Of course I always feel people should be happy for the guy who won and not for the guy who lost.

"I just kept it together after being so close to victory for so long, it was just a big explosion, and then after that it was all over and it sunk in and took me a while."

Federer was forced to dig deep against the in-form Roddick; in one pivotal moment coming back from four set points down in a second set tie-break to deny the American a two-set lead and instead give himself a platform upon which to build his success.

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"It's hard to change things, because the one whose serving is in control," he said. "We saw a classic example yesterday. He was unbreakable for such a long time.

"I didn't think I was going to win that break being down 6-2 but then at the same time I could have been up a break in the first set when I missed that forehand by very little.

"In a four hour match you're always going to go through good times and bad times and those were the bad times but you have to be able to turn those around."

Having secured his status at the top of the tennis world, Federer spoke of his admiration for other sporting greats and the inspiration they have provided to help him achieve his goals.

"I get inspiration from Tiger (Woods) and from Michael Jordan who was one of my childhood heroes," he said. "Also Michael Schumacher as well, he was at the top for so long.

"I always get inspired by guys who did something at the highest of levels for such a long time and who are true champions and great ambassadors for their sport."

Roger Federer

Highlights - Federer wins 15th Grand Slam (UK users only)



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