Roger Federer hails "surreal" Australian Open title defence, quashes retirement rumours

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Roger Federer described the successful defence of his Australian Open title as "more surreal" than his triumph in Melbourne last year, and quashed rumours regarding his impending retirement.

The 36-year-old Swiss defended a Grand Slam title for the first time since the 2008 US Open by retaining his trophy at Melbourne Park with a five-set win over Marin Cilic on Sunday night.

It landed Federer a record-extending 20th major and he was moved to tears during the trophy ceremony as the magnitude of what he has accomplished dawned on him and the crowd went wild during an extended standing ovation.

"Still a little bit confused that it's all over and that I was able to do it, reach number 20, number six here, it's just a lot you know - it's a lot trying to take it in," Federer told reporters

"But I don't know this year it seems more surreal. I can't believe I was able to defend my title, after all these years that I could do it again. It's very special. Maybe this one is going to take longer to sink in, I don't know, this is how it feels right now."

"I'd love to come back," Federer assured on Monday. "I know I forgot to say that during the match, at the end, because I don't remember what I was saying at the end. Of course I hope I come back again next year."

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