And after seeing the sun rise over Melbourne, then celebrating some more with his children as they woke up in his family's hotel suite, the man many call the greatest tennis player ever looked ahead from this stunning comeback title and spoke of adding yet another at this year's Wimbledon.
The 35-year-old Federer surprised himself with this victory, seeded No. 17 and in his first tournament back from a six-month injury layoff. So he wasn't going to let the achievement go without a fitting celebration.
"I was home by sunrise, which was good," the still-beaming Swiss star said a day after his five-set win over Rafael Nadal. "It was nice to see the sun rise over Melbourne and get into the room. It was a long night but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was in such a good mood. It was a special day, a special ... couple of weeks really, and it finished off in a great way — being silly and having fun and forgetting about everything. All of the pressure just went away and we were just all celebrating. It was great.
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