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He’s won the Grand Slam singles title 15 times, but when Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Sunday — bringing his total to 16 — it was the first time he did so as a dad. For the new father, taking home the trophy has been that much sweeter now that he is able to share it with his 6-month-old identical twin daughters, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.
“Having kids and being a father now and being married enhances everything,” the tennis star, 28, tells ESPN. “I’m such a happy person today to see how well everything is working out for me. It just makes me extremely happy, extremely relaxed and it allows me to play good tennis, and I couldn’t ask for more.”
After celebrating his win with close friends — and champagne! – at his hotel, Roger called it a night and headed back to his room at sunrise. Before he hit the pillow, however, he spent some quality time with a bright-eyed Myla, much to his delight.
“I quickly was able to see her, even though she’s got obviously no clue what happened,” he says.
“She couldn’t care less, but I still felt it was a special moment to hold her in my hands, in my arm after what happened, and it was nice.”
And while it certainly was a momentous occasion, being greeted by his baby girls isn’t anything new. Since Roger and his wife Mirka welcomed the girls last July, the doting dad has never spent a night away from his daughters.
“I feel like I’ve always had a good distance from the game,” he notes.