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Breaking News: Roger Federer Gets Married

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 03:  Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face while playing against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's semifinal of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2009 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Thomas VazquezCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

Roger Federer has reported on his official Web site that he and longtime girlfriend Mirka were married in a small ceremony in Basel, Switzerland.

This is really cool news as Mirka has been a long-time visible supporter of Roger and their union was not a matter of “if” but “when.”

Roger accepted a wild card entry to the Monte Carlo tournament, which is set to get underway next week.

Analyzing this news could prove to be quite difficult as I don’t think this will affect Federer in so much as the new baby will, but I think Federer will benefit from this.

Firstly, this is a sign of stability for Federer. Mirka has always been there for Federer, by his side at every tournament and every public outing.

She is probably the most influential and stable relationship that Federer has in his life. Since the death of his long-time coach Peter Carter, Federer has carried on without a full-time presence in the coach’s box.

Save for Mirka, the dynamics of Federer’s box are continually changing.

Secondly, it may allow for Federer to move on and find a full time coach. Many have insinuated that to get to Federer one must pass through Mirka, a problem that was thought to have thwarted a Cahill and Federer union.

Now with Mirka as a full-time wife and mother, it may pave the way for a full-time coach to become that stabilizing figure in the coach’s box.

Thirdly, Federer is setting up his life for after tennis. This is a good thing, Pete Sampras squared away his marriage and went on to win another title; Andre Agassi went on to have a successful career after his nuptials. Having stability leads to greater confidence.

Federer will benefit from this. At a time where Federer is searching for stability, this is a move in the right direction.

His on the court play has suffered since Wimbledon. His aura of invincibility has been shattered, and Federer needs to get back to basics and get back to playing his opponents, not himself.

Lately, save Nadal and possibly Murray, Federer is battling his own demons on the court. Andy Roddick does not push Federer to three sets, no matter what the circumstances, in a world where Federer is content with his surroundings.

His discomfort is evident by all of his errors, and his need for stability is evident.

Federer’s game has always been the one thing that he can count on, lately not so. Now he has a stable home life to count on.

This is a step in the right direction.

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