“Depends on the Daily Moods”: Roger Federer Reveals Who’s More Difficult to Parent, Girls or Boys

Published 06/03/2021, 8:43 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Fresh from marking his return to Roland-Garros with a resounding win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, Roger Federer sat down to some fan questions ahead of his second-round battle against former Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic on Thursday.

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When not playing tennis as was the case for close to 14 months when the champion was away from the Tour, recovering from a second knee surgery he underwent last year, he has his hands full tending to the four children that he parents with partner Mirka.

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To a question on which set of twins he finds more difficult to parent – daughters or sons – Federer, after a moment’s pause, picked “the girls”.

However, he was quick to add that it hasn’t always been this way with his daughters but as of now, they are proving to be tougher to parent. “I’d say, right now, the girls. But it hasn’t always been like this,” Federer said.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The eight-time Wimbledon champion added that it depends more on the kind of mood his daughters wake up with.

“I think it depends on the daily moods. There are some serious mood swings going on from time to time. So, it’s a battle, but a good one,” the 39-year-old Swiss.

Federer came into Roland-Garros with just one win from three matches

Coming into Roland-Garros with just one win from three matches, Federer wasn’t expected to hit the ground running in his tournament opener. However, he seemed to have taken home some hard lessons from his only previous match on clay, a defeat to veteran Spaniard Pablo Andujar in his maiden appearance at the Geneva Open.

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Recovering well after dropping the first set, the Swiss won the second and was up a break in the third when an uncharacteristic slump, marked by a wave of unforced errors, saw him lose the plot and the Spaniard secure a double break to record the biggest win of his career.

Wary of taking his foot off the pedal in his Roland-Garros opener, Federer profited from Istomin’s wayward serving in the opening game and went from strength to strength, producing some stunning winners on his way to a facile win.

Speaking courtside after the victory, the Swiss attributed his win to confidence.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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