Federer reveals wedding details

15th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Roger Federer discusses marriage and tennis at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.

MONTE CARLO - At the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday Roger Federer revealed details of his weekend wedding.

A relaxed and smiling Federer said his marriage over the weekend in Basel to longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec left him hungry for tennis as he seeks his first trophy of the season.

But the Swiss kept a few details to himself of his marriage to the mother-to-be of his first child, due over the summer.

"It's a very special moment," he said of the wedding.

"It was a bit more relaxed because we've been together for so, so long (since 2000).

"Once you get married, there's not a whole lot that changes. But it definitely does change your mindset, your life."

The Swiss said he was practising the social niceties of his new life around the grounds of the elite Country Club.

"It's nice to be calling Mirka my wife and not my girlfriend," he explained. "That's just a big change for me; it takes maybe a bit of getting used to.

"'This is my wife' just sounds so much better. It does feel great."

The world’s second-ranked tennis player said the wedding was spontaneous.

"Thank God the places where we got married were ready to take us on board, because it was still Easter Saturday, many things were closed.

"But they made exceptions for us, which is very nice. Basically 95 percent of the people we invited could come; they changed their schedules around for us. Everything really worked out really well for us.

"Otherwise we would have waited and done it maybe one month down the road or maybe one year down the road. But everything worked out for this last weekend. Things move quickly."

The second seed behind Rafael Nadal opens against Italian Andreas Seppi, whom he beat four times.

"I was the second best clay courter for a long time now," said the Swiss finalist at the last three Monte Carlo and last three Roland Garros editions against Nadal.

"Of course, I hope I can win the big one, the French Open, down the road. That's what the focus is here."

AFP / Scott Williams / Expatica

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