Fam­ily-guy Fed­erer mulls the mir­a­cle of moth­er­hood

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — He’s won seven Wim­ble­dons, 18 Grand Slams, earned over $100 mil­lion and been lauded as the great­est player of all time.

How­ever, even Roger Fed­erer can’t give birth, although that hasn’t stopped him think­ing about what it might feel like.

The Swiss star is fa­ther to two sets of twins with his wife Mirka.

He was asked if he ad­mired the fact that former world No 1 Vic­to­ria Azarenka had re­turned to the tour just six months after giv­ing birth to her son Leo.

“It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent ball game what she’s go­ing through than what I did. I was just there sup­port­ing my wife,” said Fed­erer.

“I didn’t go through it my­self even though that would be quite an ex­pe­ri­ence, I guess.”

Fed­erer has been praised for jug­gling his ca­reer and for be­ing a dad of four.

But Azarenka said that it’s the women who have the tough­est job — for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

“Roger def­i­nitely has not in­spired me,” said Azarenka.

“No dis­re­spect to him, and I think it’s amaz­ing, you know, but it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for him.”

Fed­erer didn’t take of­fense and was all praise for the 27-year-old Be­laru­sian.

“I al­ways ad­mire what they have to go through and, you know, just imag­ine go­ing into prac­tice right away shortly after that,” said the 35-year-old.

“It’s what she knows best. The body tells her when she’s ready to do it again. I find it un­real that she’s back play­ing. I ad­mire her courage.”

While ap­pre­ci­at­ing the phys­i­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences, Fed­erer still pleaded the case for ten­nis dads.

Andy Mur­ray and No­vak Djokovic are both fa­thers, with an­other child each on the way, while Stan Wawrinka has two chil­dren.

Mur­ray’s third-round op­po­nent on Fri­day, Fabio Fognini is also a re­cent dad with former US Open cham­pion Flavia Pen­netta.

“Hav­ing fam­ily and play­ing at the same time is pos­si­ble. I’ve shown it,” said Fed­erer. “And I’m not the only one. In the top five we have other guys who do it ex­actly like I do, as well.

“Maybe they don’t have as many kids as I do. But it doesn’t change. One kid can scream as much as four kids some­times.”

Fed­erer, a seven-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion, was speak­ing after reach­ing the third round for the 15 th time with a 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2 win over Dusan La­jovic of Ser­bia.

The third seed will face Ger­many’s Mis­cha Zverev, who is ranked 30th in the world, for a place in the last 16.

Fed­erer boasts a 4-0 ca­reer record over the left­handed serve-and-volleyer, in­clud­ing a straight-sets win on grass in Halle last month.

REUTERS

Switzer­land’s Roger Fed­erer in ac­tion dur­ing his sec­on­dround vic­tory over Ser­bia’s Dusan La­jovic.

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