During the presentation ceremony, with Rod Laver present, the emotional Federer could not get his words out and stepped away from the microphone. Once Nadal had received the trophy, he consoled the Swiss and encouraged him to return to the microphone to share his thoughts with the crowd – before later doing so himself.
“I love this game. It means the world to me, so it hurts when you lose,” said Federer. “This is one of the matches in my career where I feel like I could have or should have won.
“But you can’t go through your whole life as a tennis player taking every victory that’s out there. But they hurt even more if you’re that close, like at Wimbledon or like here at the Australian Open. So that’s what’s tough about it. But I have no regrets.
“In the first moment [afterwards] you’re disappointed, you’re shocked, you’re sad then all of a sudden it overwhelms you. The problem is you can’t go in the locker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You can’t. You’re stuck out there. It’s the worst feeling.”