Roger Federer's speech after the Australian Open final left tennis fans worried

2018 Australian Open - Day 14

Roger Federer made history after defeating Marian Cilic in a five-set thriller to earn his 20th grand slam title. Since winning his first, way back in 2003 at Wimbledon, the Swiss master has endeared himself to fans all over the world.

He first put himself on the Melbourne honours list in 2004 when defeating Marat Safin.  

Today, he won his sixth Australian Open title to equal Novak Djokovic's record and was unusually emotional when giving his speech.

Whenever Federer wins a title (which is quite often), it's customary for him to finish his victory speech with a "see you next year". It's almost become his catchphrase. 

So much so, that, fans everywhere noticed a certain omission of his usual sign-off. After a lengthy thank you to pretty much everybody in Melbourne, from Rod Laver to the volunteers, he ended his speech in floods of tears.

"I’m so happy, it’s unbelievable. It’s a long day waiting for the finals. It’s easier in the afternoon," he said, watch his full speech below.

"I’m happy it’s over now but the fairytale continues for me after the great year I had last year, it’s incredible."

Federer's emotional speech

Nevertheless, there were plenty of Federer fans who spotted the glaring omission at the end of his speech and feared it could be the last time we see him in Melbourne.

After talking to AO Live, it turns out that the raw emotion, with which he finished his speech, got the better of him and apparently just forgot. 

It seems hard to believe Federer would just forget to say something like that and given the amount of emotion he showed it's understandable why so many feared the worst. 

Of course, only time will tell whether today was actually the last time the most successful player in the men's game took to the Rod Laver court.

Let's hope that two gruelling weeks in the Australian heat have left him in need of just a rest, rather than retirement. 

At the age of 36 and with an incredible 20 grand slam trophies now sat on his mantelpiece, finishing might not be far off. Yet somehow, he's still one of the best around and such a widespread panic shows that the world is not ready for him to finish yet. 

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An incredible tournament from the number two seed led to him only dropping two sets all fortnight, (both today in the final).

For now, at least, he's here to stay. Federer will head to Dubai in February, before going to Indian Wells and Miami.

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