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Happy 38th Birthday, Roger Federer!

As Roger Federer today celebrates his 38th birthday, the Swiss great is still going strong and is set to return at next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where he is a seven-time champion.

At an age when professionals are calling time on their global adventures, World No. 3 Federer continues to excel in 2019 with a 38-5 record and three trophies. He has lifted silverware at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Tsitsipas), which marked the 100th title of his illustrious career; his 28th ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Isner) and a 10th Noventi Open (d. Goffin). He reached his 12th Wimbledon final (l. to Djokovic) and finished runner-up at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Thiem).

In his 22nd season as a pro, and with 102 titles and 1,222 match wins, Federer is also closing in on Jimmy Connors’ all-time records of 109 crowns and 1,274 victories.

Federer isn’t the only ATP Tour star celebrating a birthday on 8 August. Canadian #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime turns 20 today and plays sixth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

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Stealing the show! One of Roger Federer’s VERY cheeky twin sons distracts his mother Mirka from the action on Centre Court – before his doting big sister steps in

  • Roger Federer, 37, played South Africa’s Lloyd Harris on day two of Wimbledon
  • Cheered on by children Myla Rose, Charlene Riva, nine, Leo and Lennart, five
  • Swiss tennis ace was also supported by his wife Mirka, 41, who wore all white

Roger Federer was cheered on by his wife and children ahead of his first round match on the second day of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The Swiss tennis ace, 37, is playing South Africa’s Lloyd George Harris at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.

He was supported by his twin girls Myla Rose, and Charlene Riva, nine – but his sons Leo and Lennart, five, appeared unimpressed as their father took to Centre Court.

Leaning against the railings with their hands on their face, it took one hug from their doting big sister to make them break into a smile.

The cheeky five-year-old distracted his mother, 41, who planted a loving kiss on his left cheek during the match

Federer’s son put his hands on his head as he watched from the crowd as his father competed in the Men’s Singles first round match

Watching from the crowds, Federer’s son was seen screaming from the sidelines, while Mirka took a more relaxed approach to the game

Roger and Mirka’s children played in the background as she intently watched on to see how the game unfolded

Roger Federer’s son appeared fascinated by the game in between playful moments spent distracting Mirka, 41

Meanwhile, the athlete’s wife Mirka, 41, donned a smart white suit to watch her husband battle for a place in the next round of the prestigious competition.

Mirka, who is spotted cheering her husband on, accessorised with a silver over-the-shoulder bag and wore her hair loose which fell below her shoulders.

Clutching a bottle of water to keep her cool in the summer temperature, she added a pair of pink-tinted sunglasses to complete her outfit.

The identical twins girls both wore matching denim jackets with white t-shirts underneath, while the boys looked cool in a white and blue polo neck top and cap with their initials on.

The family are close friends of the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, who was also in attendance earlier today, and were both guests at Kate and younger sister Pippa’s weddings.

Roger Federer’s son (pictured) stuck his tongue out to mother Mirka as the Swiss tennis ace played on day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Roger Federer’s children (pictured) larked about in the stands as he prepared to take centre court ahead of his first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday

Identical twin girls Myla Rose, Charlene Riva, eight, donned matching denim jackets and a white t-shirt as they played around with their younger brother today

Taking front row, Federer’s children watched on along with his wife Mirka as his much-anticipated match got underway

Two of Federer’s children messed around during the prestigious event today, which is being held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London

Mirka Federer (pictured) looks on ahead of her husband’s first round match between South Africa’s Lloyd George Harris

Switzerland’s Roger Federer serves to South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in a Men’s singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

The athlete is currently ranked as world no. 3 in men’s singles and has won Wimbledon an impressive eight times.

Mirka, who is also from Switzerland and wed Federer in 2009, was once a professional tennis player and competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where she first met her husband.

Roger has previously told how they shared their first kiss on the last day of the Olympics.

Earlier this year, Roger paid an emotional tribute to his wife. as he spoke during a prize ceremony at the Miami Open.

‘I’d also like to thank my team who are also unbelievable,’ he said. ‘They are fantastic people, they are the back rock of the foundation of letting me still play at this level.

‘I’d like to thank my wife who enjoys all the travelling, the packing, the helping, just the support. Without her, it would not be possible.’

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Roger Federer shares what his typical day at home is like

In an interview to Al Jazeera Balkans, Roger Federer revealed how his typical day off the competition is like at home in Switzerland or Dubai where he resides during the European winter time. Federer is married to Mirka Vavrinec and they share four children together: nine-year-olds Myla and Charlene and four-year-olds Leo and Lenny.

“Every day is totally different because you don’t know what the kids are gonna do every day, if you are gonna wake up and they are going to be crying along the way, or they are going to be crying right away or they are going to be happy.

You don’t know”, admitted Federer. “I am just managing more their feelings, educating the older kids look at the girls. The boys are just wanting to play left right, so I am just trying to help with everything they are doing and really enjoy spending time with them and then I try to practice at some stage during the way.

It’s usually pre-organized and usually I practice in the afternoon time so I have more time in the morning with the kids, and in the evening when everything works over, massage is done, I spent time with my family and kids I usually go out to dinner with my friends and my wife either with my friends and my wife.

We always try to go out for dinner, have a nice time and then I fall into bed extremely tired.” On Federer, the writer Thomas Sotto said: “If he wants to see the Pope, he sees him… wherever he puts his foot in the world, there is a red carpet opening up.

I believe a lot in education. And in his case, he never forgot where he came from.”

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Family will remain priority post retirement, says Federer

Roger Federer is looking forward to having more freedom and more time with his family when he eventually leaves behind the sport he has dominated, the Swiss master said on Wednesday.

The evergreen veteran won his landmark 100th career title in Dubai during the weekend but told reporters that while he is not yet ready to hang up the racquet, he can see himself enjoying his post-career life.

“I want to keep it as flexible as possible when it is all said and done,” the 37-year-old Swiss said at a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

“My priority will always be, as it is now, my family, my kids and my wife. I just want to have enough flexibility in our lives to decide how much is too much, how much is not enough, and how much is good for everybody.”

He said his wife Mirka has kept up ties with some close friends amid his hectic travel schedule and he plans to engage more fully with that group after quitting playing.

“From that standpoint I’m really looking forward to that moment when it comes about,” he said.

Another post-career priority will be his foundation, which supports children’s education programs around the world.

“The foundation will only continue to grow in terms of time that I am going to be putting into it but then again, how much more time remains to be seen,” he said.

“But I cannot sit still. I always want to travel and I always want to do stuff but there’s a way to go about it and to prioritize.”

Federer acknowledged that he is the face of the sport and said while he tries to be the best ambassador for it, he also needs to think about himself sometimes.

“If I can make the game more popular, if the fans can enjoy the sport more through me and you guys like to talk to me, that’s great,” the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion told reporters.

“In the end I want to be happy and please people. But I know and can’t please everybody and if that’s my goal, I will forever be unhappy.”

Federer, who is a five-time champion at Indian Wells and made the final last year, will face either Peter Gojowczyk or Andreas Seppi in his first match of the tournament on Friday.

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Tommy Haas reveals why Roger Federer’s wife ended her tennis career

In an interview to Sport.cz, the former world No. 2 Tommy Haas commented on how Mirka Federer plays a key role in Roger’s career. ‘As a former tennis player, be understands a professional athlete’s life.

Injuries didn’t allow her to continue her career and she always loved Roger. She appreciates him. It would be much more difficult without her‘, said Haas. Haas added: ‘Mirka has been in his team since the beginning.

In the 2000 Sydney Olympics semifinals, Roger was overtaken. He then lost the silver medal match, he left with no medals, then he and Mirka came back together.’ Haas commented on the world No. 4 Alexander Zverev’s potential: ‘His family has a lot of experience since also his older brother Mischa Zverev is a very good player.

Alexander already confirmed his enormous potential. He is tall, he has amazing shots from the back of the court and he is self-confident. And he can still improve a lot. He will definitely win Grand Slam titles.’ About the successful co-operation between Marian Vajda and Novak Djokovic, Haas concluded: ‘Marian has a lot of knowledge on tennis.

He and Nole have built a relationship based on big confidence. They achieved unbelievable things together. Djokovic delivered consistent performances and some of his seasons stayed in the tennis history. Marian is like (Dominic) Hrbaty, both give their best on the court.’

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Wife Mirka helps Roger Federer in taking major decisions

Roger Federer is a great tennis player, but he is definitely also a great family man. In April 2009 the Swiss got married to the former world No. 76 WTA singles player Mirka Vavrinec, then in August of the same year they became parents of two daughters, Myla and Charlene, and in May 2014 of two boys, Leo and Lenny.

In an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA, Annacone explained how having Mirka next to him helps Federer in tennis. ‘She is extremely smart‘, Annacone admitted. ‘She knows tennis very well and most importantly she knows Roger.

So she helps him in taking very important decisions. She has played a huge, huge part in his success.’ Annacone also reflected on how Federer is as a parent: ‘It helps him to play tennis because he relaxes a little bit.

He handles the two things very well.’ Federer also has two great parents, father Robert and mother Lynette. They attend all the Grand Slams Roger plays, as well as the Swiss Indoors in Basel and, rarely, Indian Wells and Miami like in 2017.

Robert also made an exception last year going to the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart just to see the final won by Roger over Milos Raonic. Sometimes are clearly nervous during their son’s matches, but for Annacone that’s obviously normal: ‘I am a parent and I have children and when they do wrong things I get nervous for them.

I can only imagine how difficult it is when your son is on the world’s stage. Like with any parent, they are nervous when he plays, but they are very well understanding, they are very well-balanced and they are very appreciative of all what Roger has done in his life.’

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Roger Federer: ‘My boys are more interested in tennis than girls’

In a recent interview, Roger Federer recalled when his son Lenny watched his third round match live against Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open last month. Federer was asked if Lenny is the child out of the four who is more interested to tennis.

“It’s difficult to say, they are still very young. Boys are more interested to ball sports than girls, who are less interested to tennis. I did not know that Lenny would come, but I am always happy when kids are watching.

Most of the time I play at night when kids have to sleep. But Lenny wanted to stay with Mirka” he said laughing. Federer also reflected on the importance of long breaks: “If you give a lot of time to your body and you take a longer break, you give your body the ability to get healed.

You are fresher in your mind after. And when you come back you feel see things in a clearer and more relaxed way.” On the ATP Cup, Laver Cup and Davis Cup coinciding each other, Federer added: “There is a lot to do and I think that thinking in an innovative way is nice.

These are interesting times, but I would not say they are bad. There will always be someone who is not satisfied. Davis Cup and ATP Cup were already existing at the time and at the time no one complained about it, you have to wait and see how things will go.

At the Laver Cup we showed it was a big occasion.”

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Federer Talking About a Time Of Ten Years Ago When Everything Could End

A shocking detail to surprise all his fans was revealed by Swiss tennis player Roger Federer in a media interview from his country.

The Swiss who long ago gained the status of a tennis legend could have been excused from an active player a decade ago. However, in 2009, he won Roland Garros, and then Wimbledon, which was his 15th Grand Slam trophy in his career. He managed to overtake the record of Pete Sampras, which also led him to continue playing tennis.

 

At that moment, I won everything, so I could already retire,” Federer revealed, and he also told. – I think I’m a totally normal man. I find it very important that people often come, they ask me for autographs, they say they are following me for 20 years. In private life, I’m not that person. I’m a normal man who grew up in Basel. I am the husband and father, the son of my parents. I’m not just a tennis player. Mistakes are part of life. I could do some things differently, but I do not know exactly what. Perhaps in some matches I could play something differently, on some break balls. But, in the end, I do not regret it too much. It would mean that I live in the past, and that would not be good. 

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A new video shows Roger Federer playing the piano, and he says he wants to practice so he can surprise his wife and ‘play a song for her’

  • Roger Federer’s latest appearance in a Uniqlo ad showcases his piano skills.
  • Federer played piano as a child, but it was not long before tennis took over.
  • Regardless, he wants to learned to play again so he can play a song for his wife, Mirka Federer, as a surprise.
  • You can watch Federer play the piano in the advert below.

Roger Federer is renowned for his forehand, but how is his Bach?

Luckily, tennis fans can find out by watching Uniqlo’s latest advert campaign, which features the 20-time Grand Slam champion playing the piano.

At the start of the ad, Federer can be seen holding a cup of tea and opening a black piano lid. He then settles onto the stool and plays a Johann Sebastian Bach melody, specifically the Prelude No 1 to Well Tempered Clavier.

Later, we find out that this is not the first time Federer has tapped away at the keys of a piano.

“My parents asked me to play the piano when I was younger,”he said in the Uniqlo ad published on YouTube. “Of course my head was stuck in tennis. For me, piano was always a bit more complicated but being back today was a lot of fun.

“I still feel like I have it to some extent,” he added. “I still need some practice and honestly I can’t wait until I have more time again to start playing the piano, because I’d like to surprise my wife one day and play a song for her.”

Of course, tennis remains Federer’s primary focus and the 37-year-old is currently preparing for the Dubai Tennis Championships, a 500 Series hard court event held in the United Arab Emirates later this month.

Federer will be looking to bounce back following his failure to win the 2019 Australian Open, the year’s first major, having lost in the fourth round to Stefanos Tsitsipas in January.

The Dubai Championships begin on February 25.

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Roger Federer’s wife: Who is Mirka Federer? Federer REFUSES to sleep in bed WITHOUT her

ROGER FEDERER is due to face off against Dan Evans in the Australian Open, but who is his wife, Mirka Federer? Why does the tennis star refuse to sleep in a bed without her?

Roger Federer began his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Uzbek Denis Istomin on Monday. The Men’s number three is looking to maintain his winning rhythm as he aims to reach the Melbourne third round for what will be the 20th consecutive year. He’ll take on Britain’s Dan Evans in the next round.

“I think I can be happy how I got out of the blocks from the off-season,” Federer said.

“If you don’t get broken much… you have so little pressure on the return games, you can really try out different things.”

The 37-year-old has won 20 Grand slam titles, and six Australian Opens in his career.

He also holds the record for the fourth-most titles – 9 – won at a single tournament by a male player.

Who is Roger Federer’s wife Mirka Federer?

Federer is married to a fellow tennis player, former Women’s Tennis Association player Miroslava (Mirka) Federer, a Slovak-born Swiss.

They met whilst both competing for Switzerland during the 2000 Sydney Olympics and married at Wenkenhof Villa in Riehen near Basel on 11 April 2009.

In total, the pair have four children – two sets of twins.

Identical twin girls Myla Rose and Charlene Federer were born in 2009 and identical twin boys Lenny and Leo Federer were born in 2014. 

Federer spends much of his time away from the family home in his native Switzerland. 

However, he takes his family with him insisting his four children and his wife are his top priority. 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the sports star said changing “a ton of nappies” between matches was worth it to live his “dream” with Mirka, 40.

But he also revealed an interesting fact about his family life – that he will not sleep without wife Mirka beside him.

He said: “I refuse to leave the bed with my wife. We always wanted to have kids, but my dream was to be with [her] and not in another bedroom on another floor.

“I’d rather sleep with kids screaming than away from my wife.”

To accommodate his travelling family, Federer takes his children’s nanny and teacher with them on tour.

The tennis champion told the Sunday Times his focus was on his “wife, children and friends”.

He added it would be “fantastic” if he won more tournaments, but “all good” if he did not.

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