Roger Federer: 'My wife Mirka has always been super helpful'

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Roger Federer: 'My wife Mirka has always been super helpful'

In an interview, Roger Federer commented on how much of a factor his wife Mirka plays on his career. They met each other for the first time 19 years ago and they got married in 2009. "She has been important she has been with me since the Sydney Olympics in 2000 so it's been a long time, she has been super helpful throughout.

In the difficult times but also in the best of times she was always there and maybe in the practice or in the matches especially in the very beginning of our relationship and my biggest success in 2003, '04, '05, she has always been around and she has been very helpful", said Federer.

The Swiss also reflected on his ups and down at the beginning of his career: "Either I would sometimes win a tournament or I would lose in the first round so for me it was hard to find the balance, the consistency, the everyday work ethic that every match, every practice was important.

That every press conference was important. I did not understand everything that went with becoming a champion. And then when I came to Wimbledon in 2003 after losing in the first round of another tournament, the French Open the week before, I wasn't really sure about where my game was anymore.

I did not know if I was going to be great or terrible. I just did not know what I could rely on in my game, because my serve could be good on one day and the next day it could not be there. The same with my backhand, forehand, so I really tried very hard to push myself, I didn't read any press for a month.

Won Wimbledon in 2003, it was a huge relief and it relaxed me and then after that, I started to play more freely, that's why I think I became more successful in the process."