Emotional Roger Federer on his wife Mirka: 'She could have stopped me long time ago'

“She could have stopped me a long time ago”

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka have been together for over 20 years. Born in Slovakia, she ended her tennis career and became the main person behind Roger’s success, taking care of everything and allowing him to focus on his game.

Roger and Mirka have four children and their marriage has been solid and respectful. Federer ended his incredible career on Friday night at the Laver Cup in London and started a new chapter in his life with Mirka at his side. Unable to hide her tears, the Swiss woman honored her wife with beautiful words, called her supportively and thanked her for allowing him to compete for so long.

Roger has been struggling with a knee injury for almost three years, has undergone three surgeries and has done his best to come back and prolong his career. The Swiss has only played six tournaments since the start of 2020, made a final nudge last year but hasn’t played since Wimbledon.

After much deliberation, the 20-time Major winner ended his tennis journey at the Laver Cup in London, helped by his biggest rivals Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Roger stepped onto the court alongside Rafa on Friday night, making his final appearance in the most emotional tennis match in history.

Federer and Nadal faced Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe and fought to the last point. The Americans saved a match point and prevailed 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 in two hours and 13 minutes to level the aggregate at 2-2. After eight sovereign holds on both sides, Federer and Nadal fended off a break point in the ninth game and stole Tiafoe’s serve a few minutes later to make it 6: 4.

Roger Federer praised his wife Mirka after his last career match.

Jack and Frances recovered in the second set and broke Nadal in the third game to forge the lead. Team Europe broke back in game six to level the score at 3-3 before taking on the ultimate challenge in game 11.

Nadal faced six break points and he and Federer erased them to stay in contention. The set went into a tiebreak and the Americans went 7-2 to give themselves a boost. Nadal provided the first three points in the match tiebreak before Team World scored four straight points to make it 4-3.

They stayed neck and neck and Rafa and Roger earned a match point 8-8. Federer failed to serve and the Americans took three points in a row to prevail 11-9 and start a huge celebration. “My wife is so supportive.

She could have stopped me a long, long time ago, but she didn’t. She kept me going and allowed me to play. Thank you,” said Roger Federer.

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