A WEARY but elated Roger Federer has lived up to his Australian Open promise, revelling like a rock star until sunrise.
The Swiss magician fronted a huge media throng in Carlton Gardens today, unsure if he has actually slept after last night's epic Melbourne Park win over Rafael Nadal.
The 35-year-old stayed at Melbourne Park until the wee hours before returning to his hotel.
"We made it home by sunrise, it was nice to see the sun rise over Melbourne," he said.
"It was a long night, but a lot of fun.
"Everybody was in such a good mood - it was a special day, a special couple of weeks.
"We celebrated in a great way, being silly, having fun, chatting about everything. All the stress went away.
"I don't know how much I slept if I even did sleep."
Federer said his 18th title was extra special because it was the first time of his children - two sets of twins, Myla and Charlene and Leo and Lenny - had experienced him winning a major.
"It was amazing half-hour (with them)," he said of the celebrations.
"I had to look at some highlights again to remember again how close the match was and to go through some emotions again.
"What makes me most happy is when I see my friends and family happy, all my support team was there.
"When I saw how they were celebrating again really made me emotional when I saw how happy people were for me that I won a slam again.
"Especially this one, it was a bit of a fairytale to comeback this way.
"On some many levels I felt that a lot of people were happy and that's almost than me being happy that I was able to do it for the 18th.
"Of course it was always going to be super special being Nadal in a final.
"I was aware that it was a big match but not quite like this."
Vowing to return to defend the title - fitness allowing - Federer praised his wife Mirka's support.
"She knew me when I had no titles and she's still here 89 [career] titles later," he said.
"She had a big part to play in it - she knows it, I know it, everybody knows it.
"She's a mum, number one, and a wife and only then later does she become a supporter now.
"She stepped away from it a little bit after being super involved in 2003-4 when she was right in the centre of the storm really."
Federer will take a month off before resuming in Dubai.
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