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The pretty faces behind Roddick and Federer’s success

Roger Federer credits his wife Mirka for helping him end his youthful, on-court tantrums while Brooklyn Decker talked Andy Roddick out of walking away from tennis.

sports Updated: Jul 04, 2009 23:11 IST

Roger Federer credits his wife Mirka for helping him end his youthful, on-court tantrums while Brooklyn Decker talked Andy Roddick out of walking away from tennis.

When Federer and Roddick meet in Sunday’s final, both will acknowledge the debt they owe to their wives looking nervously on from the players’ box on Centre Court.

Federer and Mirka are expecting their first child later this summer.

As Mirka Vavrinec, Federer’s wife was a regular player on the women’s tour until serious injury pushed her out of the game.

“She helped me considerably, as a person. I developed faster, grew faster with her. Thanks to her I was calm in the important moments in my career. She is always supportive. I owe her a lot,” said Federer.

Roddick, who ended home hope Andy Murray’s dream of a final appearance, was at his lowest ebb here 12 months ago when he suffered his earliest Wimbledon exit, a second round loss to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic.

Many saw that as overwhelming evidence that the big-serving American, whose one and only Grand Slam title came back at the 2003 US Open, was a spent force, his game a relic in the new age of Federer-Rafael Nadal.

But marriage to swimsuit model Decker has helped transform the American's life and his game.

“Last year after I played here, that was a hard, hard couple of weeks,” admitted Roddick.

“Brook and I had a lot of talks on if I still thought I could play and at least be towards the top of the game. I definitely openly questioned it at that point.

“So this off-season, we said if you're not going to be up there, let's at least not wonder. Let's prepare yourself and give yourself every opportunity.

“I did work real hard and have been committed from everything to diet to sleep to everything. I certainly gave myself every opportunity to succeed.”

Like Federer, Roddick believes marriage has helped give him a new perspective.