'Roger Federer was always interested in other people', says expert

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'Roger Federer was always interested in other people', says expert

A stainless couple: Roger Federer and Miroslava Mirka Vavrinec met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when Roger was not yet famous, while she is already a tennis player with a good career. Her love and Mirka's presence are hidden behind the successes of Roger Federer.

Mirka stabilized the private life of the Swiss teacher, giving him emotional serenity and building a beautiful family, with her four children. Roger himself revealed in the past the importance of Mirka for his life and career: "I had no particular request, all I wanted was to spend time with me.

Mirka has always been a fantastic wife, she is important to a man and obviously my case is not is different. She has been talked about a lot in my career and she has done a great job. She has been coming to all my training sessions and all my matches for years.

She has been very important in my life, not only in tennis but in general. She has always lived thinking about my interests and what is best for me and she has never let go." When the two met, Roger still hadn't won any titles: "When I got engaged to Mirka, she hadn't won any titles yet.

She is a strong and intelligent woman, who had a huge impact on me both on and off the track. She trusted me and taught me to always give my best. Also, she has been close to me after every loss. She has never allowed my professional activity as a player to interfere with our daily lives.

Mirka has kept our friends and family together, as well as teaching me how important it is to go your own way without paying too much attention to the media or naysayers."

McCarvel on Roger Federer

Nick McCarvel hailed Roger Federer's demeanor off court, saying that he is always thoughtful and a good listener.

"He once told me I had pretty good shoes on, so I'll take that. You know, I was the newspaper reporter, tennis reporter for USA Today for two years, did a few one-on-ones with Roger. Always class, always thoughtful, always a good listener, always someone who looks you in the eye and said 'Hello', and that's what great champions do to set themselves apart," he said.

"I think that the greatness that he achieved on court was unmatched, but the fact that he would just meet you at the human level, he was always interested in other people. And he said in that retirement message that you open with, it's the people that's gonna stick with him the most from his illustrious career and I think for a lot of folks it's gonna be Roger and the way he treated them off the court that will stick with them," he added.