Roger Federer: I hope I give other people the chance to believe that at 37 it’s not over yet

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Roger Federer Wimbledon runner-up

“I gave it all I had and I still feel alright, I still stand,” was how a Roger Federer reacted after he lost a marathon Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.

It was a match that will last long in the memory, a four-hour and 57-minute classic, but for a 37-year-old Federer certainly gave as good as he got against his younger opponent.

He put his experience to good use and often made Djokovic run more, but in the end he came up short as the world No 1 triumphed 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3).

“I hope I give other people the chance to believe. At 37 it’s not over yet. I feel great, obviously it is going to take some time to recover physically, but it’s all good,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said.

“I couldn’t give more. I gave it all I had and I still feel alright, I still stand. I wish the same for all the other 37-year-olds.”

Asked about his family attending the final on Centre Court, he replied: “They won’t be excited with the plate, they’d rather take that golden thing, but it’s nice to see them, we had a great week here. I love them and now it’s back to being dad and husband.”

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