'Wife Mirka keeps Roger Federer's shoulders free' - Mats Wilander

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'Wife Mirka keeps Roger Federer's shoulders free' - Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander recently praised Roger Federer for his off-court life that makes him being focused and ready when it comes to play tennis. Federer got married to the former tennis player Mirka Vavrinec in 2009, they now have four children.

'He has a great environment and a wife that keeps the shoulders free. As for his tennis, the most important thing is that he understands it as a game. Tennis will never bore him. After an exhibition, he often plays with a guy.

Once I asked him why he does it. He told me: Because I like to see the ball fly', Wilander said. The seven-time Grand Slam winner also spoke about Federer's future: 'I think he will play much more longer than what we think.

Personally, I think that he should play until when he can win matches. If he stops, I may stop as well. It's more important for tennis than what anyone can imagine. I do not know how to continue when he retires. Really.' Wilander also spoke about Federer's improvements: 'The key was to realize what he had to evolve.

It impresses me that he recognized it. He changed his racquet and hit the backhand earlier and stronger. It surprises me that he did it, because Roger is testard. But it is his strength as well: if he wasn't testard, today he could not play anymore.

You see more than ever that he is fighting. He is trying to become a more complete player. Winning is still important to him, but not only. Federer is a learner of this game'. His backhand? 'Yes, but not only. His serve was amazing before, but now he is even better.

His consistency is notable. My thought is that he can't keep the step with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with Alexander Zverev in the long term as well. He serves well, it gives him air.' ALSO READ: 'I am trying to be better than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ' - Zverev