Federer shares his feelings on marriage

Roger Federer was more nervous than he expected to be when he got married to his long-term girl friend Mirka Vavrinec, he told journalists on Tuesday.

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Speaking publicly for the first time about his wedding last Saturday, he said that although he and Mirka had been talking for years about getting married, "it wasn't easy to find the time." They had set the date only a few weeks previously.

He explained that they had not wanted a huge ceremony, and that only family and close friends were present. There were no tennis players among the guests.

"Being married changes your life," he said. "It's nice to see how much we love each other. And it's nice to be able to present Mirka as my wife, and not just as my girlfriend."

The couple, who met in 2000, are expecting their first child this summer.

Federer, who had previously only revealed the news of his wedding on his website, was speaking ahead of the Monte Carlo tournament, which starts on Wednesday.

He admitted that he had not played well in his last two semi-finals, but said he now felt fresh physically and mentally.

He looked forward to winning the French Open at Roland-Garros this year, the one Grand Slam title which has always eluded him.

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