“This is match is crazy,” tweeted J.J. Watt.
If it was insanity for the Houston Texans player, it was downright agony for Mirka Federer as she watched Roger Federer, for whom she is all things: coach, adviser, wife and mother of their four kids. As Federer battled Novak Djokovic on the court in a “Thrilla in Manila” of a Wimbledon singles final, she squirmed. She buried her head in her hands. She frowned. She picked at her nails.
She was, in short, all of us.
It only got worse in the fifth set, when we were reminded that Wimbledon’s final goes to a tiebreaker only when the score is tied at 12 games apiece.
Mirka Federer has more than most sports wives invested in Federer’s success, particularly with his 38th birthday approaching. A former player whose career was ended by injury, she may be the heart of Team Federer, overseeing his training schedule, diet and basic existence. She’s also the mother of their two sets of twins.
Born in Slovakia, she and her family moved to Switzerland when she was 2 and she met Federer at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Since then, Federer has won 20 Grand Slams, more than any other player, with Djokovic moving to 16 with Sunday’s win. “Here we are, 17 years later, and we did it all together,” Federer told GQ two years ago.
They couldn’t quite get there Sunday, with Djokovic winning, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3), and admitting that his feelings, too, were “quite turbulent.” Afterward, a composed Mirka watched the ceremony with daughters Myla and Charlene and sons Lenny and Leo as their father was presented with the second-place trophy.
“They won’t be excited with a plate,” Federer joked to the crowd. “They’d rather take the golden thing.”
At least they can relax now.
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