Federer admits to partying too hard after Wimbledon win
A WEARY Roger Federer has returned to Wimbledon, slightly the worse for wear after admitting he "drank too many different types of drinks" while celebrating a record eighth triumph.
Bleary-eyed after getting to bed at 5am, the Swiss champion said: "My head is ringing. I don't know what I did last night. I drank too many different types of drinks, I guess."
Grinning broadly, Federer said the victory celebrations finished well after sunrise - just as they had in Melbourne after the Australian Open in January.
Only weeks shy of his 36th birthday, Federer said his 19th major was even more special because all of his family - wife Mirka and the couple's two sets of twins - were courtside for the straight-sets hammering of Marin Cilic.
"I had an amazing amount of friends and family who came from all over the world to support me," he said.
"There was almost 80 of us celebrating. That was a beautiful moment, celebrating away from the press and the world watching for about an hour."
Federer said his effort to move past seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras left him with mixed feelings.
"It's very special but it's borderline strange for me because he will always be my hero. Pete is still my guy," Federer said.
"After our match in 2001, there is no way I would have thought I could surpass him, I never thought that would be possible in my wildest dream.
"Yesterday was another incredible day for me here at Wimbledon. Wimbledon has been too kind, too nice to me all these years.
"To be the record holder is so special. Pete remains my hero for life, of course."
Federer said he drew inspiration from the longevity of other sporting greats, including Usain Bolt.
"I get inspired in a big way by the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Valentino Rossi or Michael Schumacher, guys who did things for a very long time at the highest of levels," Federer said.
"I would marvel at what they did when I was younger. I couldn't understand how they would get ready, day in, day out, practice, giving it 100 per cent.
"I struggled with that in a big way when I was younger.
"Eventually I have found my way to see what is possible and how to motivate myself.
"It's been really important in my life to be surrounded by inspiring figures. I take it mostly from sporting legends."
Federer will chase - and almost certainly regain - the No.1 ranking during the North American hardcourt circuit after he takes a short break.
"I hope to be No.1 again," he said.
"I think it's going to be a three or four-way race or two-way race between me and Rafa Nadal," Federer said.
"I hope it's me and not Rafa because it means a lot to me to get back to No.1."
Federer's latest victory pushed up to No.3 behind Andy Murray and Nadal.