The tennis great spoke of the support he has from his wife Mirka that allows him to have a settled family life despite being on tour much of the year ahead of his next showdown
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Roger Federer took an apparent dig at bed-hopping fellow players saying that having a “wife a year” is distracting for their career.
The tennis great, 38, was talking of the support his wife Mirka has been able to give him on the way to winning 20 Grand Slams.
It comes as Federer knocked huge rival Novak Djokovic out of the ATP Finals in straight sets and he now moves into the semi-finals.
While Federer is a globally recognised figure, Mirka has kept a low profile and looks after their family.
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The two got married in 2009 and have two sets of identical twins who travel on tour with Federer.
The Swiss star claimed that his settled family life has been a big help for him.
He told Spanish newspaper As: “As a player it’s always good to have her because some players have a wife a year and then change her. Anything can make you happy but it can also distract you.
“My life is perfect like that. I’ve always been in love with the same girlfriend, from the same wife, running the family and protecting them from the press.
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“She hasn’t had an interview for 12 to 15 years so people don’t know what she does.”
Federer also revealed how Mirka, a former tennis professional, is a big support for him psychologically.
He continued: “If I talk about tennis she has a great impact not on my game but on my personality, because she was professional before me, I had more experience when I entered the circuit.
“I worked hard. It made me grow and mature in my early years. Her support is incredible, it always helps me, it makes my life easier no matter what I win or lose.
“She is a born worker. She is amazing. I hope she doesn’t change. I am always for her and vice versa.”
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