Roger Federer cried when he won Wimbledon for the first time, cried when he equalled Bjorn Borg's five successive All England Club titles, cried when he received the Australian Open trophy from Rod Laver and cried when he lost to Rafael Nadal in Melbourne three months ago.
It was no surprise, therefore, when he admitted yesterday to shedding "a few tears" at his wedding.
“I got very emotional yet again," the former world No 1 said here on his first public appearance since marrying Mirka Vavrinec, his girlfriend of the last nine years, in Basel on Saturday.
“It was just nice to know that she loves me so much and that I love her so much. It was just a very nice day. We had perfect sky, perfect weather.”
On a similar day here on the Cote d'Azur — Andy Murray, a straight-sets winner over Victor Hanescu, was among those who thrived on a glorious afternoon at the Monte Carlo Masters — Federer talked about how much his life had changed even since the weekend.
“It definitely changes your mindset,” he said. “I didn't think it was going to make that big a change for me, but it does feel great. It's nice to be calling Mirka my wife and not my girlfriend. That's just a big change for me and maybe takes a bit of getting used to. It's good. I'm here, introducing her: 'This is my wife.' It just sounds so much better.”
Federer would not reveal where the marriage had taken place and said he had asked the small number of guests — “I didn't want a huge wedding”— to keep the occasion secret. “If you want to get married in private, you have to go to Switzerland,” he said.
“They actually want to give you peace and privacy.”
Asked how Mirka felt about his playing again so soon after the wedding, Federer said: “She was completely relaxed about whatever decision I took. I feel like I've been on honeymoon for the last few years, so I don't feel necessarily I need to go somewhere, to a special place, to celebrate."
Federer plays his first match against Andreas Seppi today.