Federer battled four-day hangover after wild drunken night celebrating epic win

Tennis legend Roger Federer is set to retire from the sport following next week's Laver Cup and the 41-year-old will end his career as a 20-time Grand Slam winner.

Despite his reputation as someone who keeps himself in top shape and is completely dedicated to tennis, Federer has been known to let loose after some of his Grand Slam victories. One notable occasion came after he won the US Open for a fifth consecutive year in 2008, with the Swiss star getting so drunk it took him almost four days to recover from the resulting hangover.

Recalling the night in a 2019 interview with Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Federer said: "Now I only drink water. I'm from the old school.

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"I've never had a diet in my life. And I like to celebrate a victory with a good glass of champagne. Once I got drunk too.

"One happened after winning the US Open. It took me three and a half days to recover completely. The tournament was finished on Sunday evening and I only recovered on Thursday.

"I remember everything: the bar was about to close, so we ordered drinks in advance for the following hours. We realised that we had ordered too many."

Federer also ended up with a hangover after partying until 5am to celebrate his 2017 Wimbledon win. "Yeah, my head's ringing," a hungover Federer told a press conference that same day.

"I don't know what I did last night [after the Champions' dinner]. I drank too many types of drinks, I guess. After the ball we went to – what would you call it? I guess it's a bar – and there were almost 30 to 40 friends that were there.

"We had a great time. Got to bed at five, then woke up, and just didn't feel good. The last hour or so I'm somewhat OK again. I'm happy with that."

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