Federer reminds us who’s the daddy


Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:40

Roger Federer quickly got back to winning ways on his return to the ATP World Tour at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Tuesday and declared afterwards that life as a new dad is going smoothly.

Federer, wife Mirka, new baby twin daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose and a private nanny arrived in Canada by private jet on last weekend and the 15-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed a straightforward first outing at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

Federer was playing his first match since capturing his sixth Wimbledon title last month and came through 7-6, 6-4 against Canadian veteran Frederic Niemeyer.

“I was happy with that performance today,” Federer said. “After five, six weeks without a match you’re just a little bit slow on your reaction, your return.

“Mirka is great, she handles it all well. Me too, I’m quite laid back and hands on [with the kids]. It seems to be working so far.

“Today all-in-all I thought it was okay. I wish I could have gotten some more balls back on the return but that again was due to him serving [well].

“I’m very happy with my game. I reacted well in my first match back. I played the big points well. I’m very pleased. I’m happy to be back after the long break. We played at a very high level. Frederic has a big serve and is tough.”

The world No.1 will take on either compatriot Stan Wawrinka or Andrey Golubev in the third round on Thursday.


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