Last year’s Miami tournament was a lowlight for Federer fans. Still smarting from that tough five set loss to Rafael Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open finals, we’d sat through Roger’s back injury layoff just to watch him flame out against rising nemesis, Andy Murray, at Indian Wells. Things couldn’t get worse, right? Wrong:
“Thank God the hardcourt season is over,” he told the press after that emotional loss to Novak Djokovic in the Miami semifinals. His fans agreed. But what we saw as putting us out of our misery, Roger saw as progress. The clay court season and his campaign for that elusive French Open title were about to begin.
Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald wrote a terrific piece on Roger Federer in advance of this week’s Sony Ericsson Open, wherein Roger reminds us all that he knows best:
Via the Miami Herald:
Once Federer hit the clay [last] April, everything came together. When he got to Madrid, he told the press he was going to win.
“They’re like, ‘It’s Rafa’s turf. OK, you’re crazy.’ But I knew my game was back. I won, and the rest is history. I never looked back.”
Of course, during that time Roger and Mirka were keeping it a secret that she was pregnant with twins. Federer admits that he and Mirka “were very worried” that it would be “twice as hard, twice as many problems” with twins, but the thought that Myla and Charlene would be “best friends forever” calmed their nerves. And like almost everything in Roger’s life, it’s all worked out perfectly:
“The press started asking questions because a father hasn’t won much before, but I am a master at blocking stuff out on the court. The marriage and kids inspire me. My relationship with Mirka was always very strong and intense, and we worried a little that if we have kids, can we keep that? Should we take that step? We decided it’s better sooner than later. Hopefully, they can see me play. That was important to Mirka. My life feels very balanced now, and my perspective changed. All of a sudden, I have children depending on me. It’s not all about me anymore.”