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WIMBLEDON, England -- There were no tears this time, correct?
''No, not this time,'' Roger Federer confirmed as he sat on a couch at the All England Club on Monday, his unfurrowed brow and languid movements indicating that his long-planned vacation from the joys and pressures of tennis had already, in a manner, begun.
''It was a little bit emotional later maybe when I saw my whole team again, Mirka and the group,'' he said, speaking of his wife. ''But on the court, it wasn't a day for tears. I think it was more one of those moments where I was feeling like, I did it! Kind of an energetic, crazy moment. Because when I saw the footage again, I was like: 'Oh my God. I'm jumping like a boy who can't believe he won.' ''
That feeling was understandable Sunday, considering how historically deep Federer and Andy Roddickplayed into the fifth set of the latest Wimbledon summit meeting suitable for downloading.
Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, with its affinity for tradition, has a new tradition of producing classic men's finals. Federer needed five sets to defeat Rafael Nadal of Spain in 2007, five more sets to lose to Nadal last year and then required the longest fifth set in terms of games in the 132-year history of Grand Slam finals to beat Roddick, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14.
Though Federer often made it look easy to win major trophies in the early years of his career, no one can accuse him of making it look easy anymore. He had to fight through two five-setters this year to get to the French Open final, where he won his 14th Grand Slam singles title.
On Sunday, he had to serve, serve and serve some more to hold off Roddick and win his record-breaking 15th.
It is a men's record with an asterisk in the sense that, before the open era, many of the game's luminaries played in only a few Grand Slam tournaments before turning professional. For a better sense of where the record may stand, it is useful to look at the numbers for women, who rarely left the amateur ranks. The record for singles titles there, held by Margaret Court of Australia, is 24.
But Federer, all caveats aside, has passed the target available, and it could have been expected that when he did pass it, he would drop to his knees on the grass. Instead, Federer stayed on his feet and met Roddick quickly at the net.''It was an amazing moment in my career, but I know the pain Andy must have gone through, and that's also I guess one of the reasons I didn't go overly crazy about the victory on the court,''
His 15th came at the same place he won his first, in 2003, when Federer had thick stubble on his face and wore his hair in a short ponytail.''It definitely feels like it's come full circle for me, starting it here and ending it here,'' Federer said Sunday. ''Of course, my career is far from over.''
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Federer has made that point repeatedly in the wake of his sixth Wimbledon title, beginning with his decision to arrive at his postmatch news conference wearing a T-shirt that read, ''There is no finish line.''
The logical assumption is that a tennis player who now has just about everything and is about to become a father is ripe for a motivational lapse. But Federer argues that he takes too much pleasure in the game and, perhaps just as important, the nomadic life of a tennis professional, to start winding down quite yet.
That said, he does not plan to play again for five weeks, with Mirka expected to give birth during that span. He intends to return for the World Tour 1000 tournament next month in Cincinnati, where Nadal also plans to make his return after missing Wimbledon with tendinitis in his knees.
''I definitely have to regroup after this victory and put my mind in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season,'' Federer said. ''I definitely want to finish the year at No. 1.''
Parenthood could, of course, change matters, for a champion who will turn 28 on Aug. 8. But Federer -- a multilingual global villager with a former tennis player for a spouse -- is better equipped than most of his predecessors to endure.
''I can't just be at home for the next six months; I want to travel,'' he said. ''Mirka said she has no problem traveling with me, so we'll see how possible that will all be. It's good times, you know, and I'm not worried. I'm not going to be like: 'What now? I've reached everything, and there's no more point of playing, it's better to just retire.' ''