See Roger Federer share tears and laughter with CNN’s Erin Burnett during the men’s final.
(CNN) Roger Federer has suffered a loss but says he will be back.
“I don’t feel lost,” he said.
Federer stunned Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours, 32 minutes to win a record 18th Wimbledon title.
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The Swiss said he is now focused on his next matches, including the US Open, and will miss the Open in London. But he said this week that he didn’t worry about making up ground in the rankings — he was proud of what he’d achieved and confident he could do more.
“I’m happy to be number one in the world,” he said. “Of course I’m happy to stay there. But I’m also hungry to win more, to go deeper on the circuit.”
This was Federer’s third year at Wimbledon, and his second appearance at the All England title at London’s All England Club.
“It’s been two years, it’s been so hard,” he said. “And to be there again, I’m really happy. I’m definitely happy to have come back.”
He is also proud of the way he came to terms with the disappointment of such a dramatic defeat.
“I’m very, very happy, I’m very happy. I’m very satisfied. I’m now 100-percent sure I will not forget about that,” he said. “I’m not sure that I can, but I’m sure that I will not forget about that.”
A loss and a smile
Federer had never before lost a grand slam final to a seeded player. And his reaction when Nadal eventually lost was nothing short of remarkable — and a smile.
Nadal had said he needed to win to regain his form after a long injury layoff and improve his chances of winning the Australian Open in January. But his form has improved since Wimbledon — winning the Shanghai and Mutua tournaments in China and Australia in January — and Federer was not about to let him down.
“It’s not nice to lose, especially in the final, when you have to come back to win,” he said. “And especially for me, and for the