Swiss paper Blick has posted a short but sweet interview with Roger Federer on the subject of fatherhood and family. (But can future interviewers please stop with the tired nappie changing questions?) Click here for the original piece. Here’s my computer-assisted translation:
Beaming over his whole face, his eyes sparkling with happiness, Roger Federer talks with Blick about his two girls Myla and Charlene, now over six months old.
Q: At the tournament in Basel, you said you had amazing technique when it comes to changing diapers. . . (click here)
FEDERER: That was just in fun!
Q: Do you have to do it at all?
FEDERER: It’s not about having to do it, it’s more like can I do it. So it should be. Changing diapers should not be unpleasant. Nowadays, it’s a breeze. If you do it right, you’re finished within one and a half minutes. The more often you do it, the better you get – it’s the same for all fathers and mothers, too. I do it willingly – so I can relieve Mirka and do something good for the baby.
Q: And you do it in one and a half minutes?
FEDERER: (smiles) Yes, I can hold my own.
Q: Do you remember a particularly beautiful moment with the babies?
FEDERER: Of course there are countless moments. Now is the time when they are constantly doing things for the first time.The first time they really look at you. The first time that they turn from back to tummy. The first laugh. These are very casual moments that you don’t want to miss. They make a lot of fun, I can’t pick just one.
Q: Do you want any other children?
FEDERER: Right now we are enjoying our time with Myla and Charlene. We have learned much over the last few months, and have received an incredible amount of help from the outside, as well as numerous gifts from fans. For the time being we don’t want to change anything, but who knows: Maybe Mirka and I will think in a few years, we still want one. At the moment we are just very happy that we have two healthy children.
Papa Fed’s been all business so far at the Qatar Open in Doha – with two dominating performances taking him into the quarterfinals, where he’ll face Ernests Gulbis.