Roger Federer has learned not to take anything for granted.
That's why he said what he did during the trophy presentation after his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship: "I hope this wasn't my last match. And I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title."
Some wondered whether that meant Federer was considering retirement.
Hardly. What he meant, Federer explained Monday, was simply: "I can't think too far ahead."
"I didn't think about what I was going to say. It just came out that way, to show the people that, yes, of course I hope to defend my title and, of course, I wish to be back here next year. But we...