Federer reveals career debt to wife Mirka

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Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, attempting to win a career Grand Slam, says his wife helps him succeed.

Paris -- Roger Federer, who is close to winning a career Grand Slam, believes his success is partly due to his wife Mirka.

The couple, who met at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, married in April and are expecting their first child in the summer.

Mirka Vavrinec, Federer's wife was a regular player on the women's tour until serious injury pushed her out of the game.

"She helped me considerably, as a person. I developed faster, grew faster with her. Thanks to her I was very calm in the important moments in my career. She is always supportive. I owe her a lot," said Federer.

His wife is a regular spectator at matches and will be watching on Wednesday when he competes with Gael Monfils for a place in the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Many in the game believe the defeat of four-time champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated Federer in the last three finals, will allow the Swiss to achieve his dream of winning another Grand Slam.

But his wife and other supporters are not pressuring him.

"Mirka and the others have not come to me saying, 'Now you have to win this match, otherwise you will never do it, ever'."

AFP / Expatica

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