It is often heard that every successful man has a great woman behind him. In the case of Roger Federer, this saying is perfectly consistent with reality. The wife of 20-time Grand Slam champion, Mirka, can be considered one of the main secrets behind the longevity and constancy of the former World number 1.
Mirka was a good professional player, reaching 76th position in the world ranking at most. However, a chronic foot injury forced her to retire at a very young age. The support of the family helped Roger to overcome the most difficult moments of his career, finding the strength to get back on track even when the predictions were not on his side.
Just think of the atrocious disappointment gained last year in Wimbledon, with Federer who seemed now projected towards his 21st Slam.
Roger Federer on his wife Mirka
“Mirka invested everything. She had bad surgeries and didn‘t return well from rehab.
She always had problems with her heels and never truly recovered from it. Until today she feels little there. It was easy for her this way though to decide" - Roger Federer told SportsPanorama. “I said to her: Don‘t you maybe want to stop?.
Then I won Wimbledon and when I look back, I once talked with her about it, it‘s incredible what you did and she said: No problem, She just put her career aside and said: This is more important for me. We can build something fantastic together.“ Federer added.
“She has incredibly supported me and put me back and so I‘m looking forward to everything is over. I would have stopped long ago when she wouldn‘t have said: Come on, continue.“ Or when she would have said: Please stop, I don‘t want this any longer.“ I would have stopped then.
We also have to find a balance with the 4 kids, it isn‘t the same anymore as 4, 8 or 10 years ago, that‘s for sure" - the Swiss Maestro concluded. Federer has been a central figure in what has arguably been the golden age in men's tennis, battling the likes of fellow superstars Djokovic (17 Grand Slam singles titles), Rafael Nadal (19 Grand Slam singles titles) and to a lesser extent Andy Murray (three Grand Slam singles titles).
That his era coincided with that of Serena Williams—winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and four gold medals, making her the greatest female tennis player of all time and arguably the game's greatest player ever, period—has been a real treat for tennis fans.