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Roger Federer becomes father of twin girls

Roger and Mirka Federer are the proud parents of two girls Keystone

Swiss tennis superstar and world number one Roger Federer and his wife Mirka have announced the birth of twin girls.

This content was published on July 24, 2009 - 07:46

In a statement released on his personal website, Federer said that the girls, born on Thursday night, had been named Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.

"This is the greatest day of our lives," Federer said. "Mirka, Myla and Charlene are all healthy and doing very well."

It was the first children for the couple, who were married in April.

Earlier this month, Mirka Federer sat courtside through the nerve-wracking Wimbledon final in which Federer beat American Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 to clinch his 15th grand slam title, breaking the previous record held by Pete Sampras.

The 27-year-old Federer met his future wife, who was born in Slovakia, when they were competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Mirka, who is 31, emigrated with her family to Switzerland when she was two, and after playing on the WTA Tour and retiring prematurely due to injury, she became one of Federer's managers.

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