Family-guy Federer mulls the miracle of motherhood
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.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his secondround victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.