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Roger Federer's two sets of twins steal show at Wimbledon with cheeky antics – but he wouldn't have it any other way

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Roger Federer just claimed his eighth Wimbledon title. He's nothing short of a legend of the game – indeed, to many, he's the greatest male champion of all time.

Federer beat Marin Cilic in straight sets. At one point, Cilic, who was suffering from a slight injury, broke down in tears. It was a fighting performance, but Federer proved too much for the Croatian. 

Federer always gives graceful acceptance speeches in front of adoring Centre Court crowds. His younger set of twins, however, didn't look quite so interested.

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Roger and Mirka welcomed their two boys Leo and Lennart on May 6, 2014. Right now, they don't look totally enamoured by their dad's latest victory... despite their elder sisters' attempts to teach them some manners.

Federer and Mirka's two daughters, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, are also twins. They were born in July 2009 – just three weeks after he beat Andy Roddick to claim his sixth Wimbledon win. The match was one of the tournament's most memorable finals.

Federer, not far off 36, puts a huge emphasis on his family. Today, he said: "It's a wonderful moment for us as a family. This one's for us".

Federer and Mirka, who married in Basel in 2009, both competed for Switzerland at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

 “We spent two weeks together, that’s how we got to know each other and on the last day before we left, we kissed for the first time in Sydney,” said Federer in a 2015 interview. 

Mirka got to number 76 in the world at won three ITF single titles. But her career was cut short due to foot injuries. Still, Federer says that it's been hugely beneficial to have a former player at his side thanks to the knowledge and insight she brings. The couple even once played together at the Hopman Cup.

"I think it’s a great help that she actually played," Federer told the New York Times. "I think it really does help, because she knows in some ways what it takes".

“I would be unhappy on the tour without them,” he explained in a recent interview. “I would retire… It’s good for my mind, when I come back from a match and I’ve lost, they’re there and don’t care if you’ve won or you’ve lost. It’s great.” 

Fellow champion Novak Djokovic thinks a lot of Federer, who juggles being a loving father and a tennis great.

“I’m still far off from him,” Djokovic said, shortly after becoming a father in October 2014. “With four kids it’s pretty amazing to still play at such a high level as he does. I understand what an effort it is with one.”

Also, twins are a relatively common occurrence in the Federer family. Federer's sister Diana has a set of boy and girl twins, and their maternal grandmother was also a twin.

Federer's parents met in South Africa. His dad Robert moved from Switzerland to Johannesburg in the 1970s, where he met mum Lynette, a sporting star. She played hockey, but was forced to quit due to leg injuries, Heavy reports. 

The pair married in 1973 and returned to Switzerland, where had son Roger on August 8, 1981. It was clear from the beginning that he'd grow up to be a tennis player – though nobody could have predicted just how gifted he really was.

Federer's mum once said, according to Heavy: “Children have to put their hearts and souls into (playing a sport). They cannot be forced to do it, not by the mother, the father, the school or the coach.”

And Federer agrees. He said he won't force his kids into playing, and puts no pressure on them: “I don’t know if the kids are ever going to play tennis at a high level like that.

“Honestly, I think it all depends on how things are going to be when we settle in Switzerland, and what sport they are going to take up. But I think for any kid it’s important for them to enjoy what they’re doing, whatever sport that is.”


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