Swiss champion Roger Federer added to his family’s entourage this week, with wife Mirka remarkably giving birth to the pair’s second set of twins. The Fed Express now has a boys double pairing named Leo and Lenny to go along with his two four-year-old girls.
And after the blessing of his wife, Federer was back on court within a week competing at the Italian Open, which is last clay court warm-up event before the French Open. The world No.4 could be forgiven for being a little distracted however, after he went down to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round.
The 17-time grand slam champion had previously had a strong start to the clay court season by reaching the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Despite his new family arrivals Federer isn’t worried about his preparations for Roland Garos which begins in less than ten days.
“Everything is under control,” Federer said. “I still feel good, my body is good, my mind is good and it’s just unfortunate for one passing shot today I don’t get another opportunity to play this week.”
Federer was referring to the fact he had a match point in the second-set tiebreaker but Chardy saved it with an improbable crosscourt forehand on the run when it looked like the 32-year-old was about to close the match out.
“That passing shot is a tough one for me to take, because he’s not going to make that very often,” Federer said. “But it happens and credit to him to fight his way back into the match and get it.”
You might not be able to reproduce the technique of the seven-time Wimbledon champion on the court (actually given his recent family additions you might struggle to match his form away from the court also) but we want to show you how you can try.
The French Open commences on Sunday 25 May and you can catch Federer along with the world’s best live from Paris on the big screen at Strathfield Sports Club.