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Federer overcome with emotion in victory

Switzerland's Roger Federer wept tears of sheer joy after creating history as his country's first grand slam winner.
PTI | By Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2003 09:39 PM IST

Switzerland's Roger Federer wept tears of sheer joy after creating history as his country's first grand slam winner with victory over Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.

"It's an absolute dream for me. I always used to joke around when I was a boy that I was going to win this and I have it," said the 21-year-old, cradling the famous Challenge Cup after his emphatic 7-6 6-2 7-6 win on Centre Court.

"It's such a nice trophy. I'm so happy with the way I played. It was the best two matches maybe of my career," added Federer, who demolished hot favourite Andy Roddick in three sets in the semi-finals.

"I kept it going in the final. It's just incredible right now. It's incredible, I don't know how I did it."

"A lot of people came from Basel and home, it's so nice to share this moment. Thanks to everybody, it's great," he concluded, his voice cracking with emotion as he broke down in tears.

Australian Philippoussis said: "Roger was too good I just congratulate him, it's his day definitely. I only had one break point. He returned a lot better than I did today. He took his chances.

"But I'm definitely proud, there are a lot of positive things to take away from these two weeks. I will definitely be back that's for sure," added the 26-year-old.

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