Her stated aim of breaking the top 30 would probably have been achieved had her body not betrayed her.
Federer’s wife comes - like those other famous Swiss tennis figures Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic - from a Czech background, only moving to a town on the shores of Lake Constance at the age of two.
"I had no idea who she was when I met her," said Federer, 33.
"I was introduced to her, the editor of The answer is that the two have became close friends, offered Federer: "She's very nice and gives us good advice," he says of him and wife Mirka, 36.
We might well have known Mirka Federer - or Vavrinec, to use her maiden name - as a tennis star in her own right had it not been for the crippling foot injuries that afflicted her five-year career.
Even despite those handicaps, she still reached a high point of No76 in the world in 2001, which is hardly shabby.
The strength of Mirka’s character has been evident since her early days as a tennis professional.
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caught up with the tennis great March 7 -- at a Moet & Chandon event at the Four Seasons to toast the brand ambassador's 1,000th career victory -- he was asked what people would be surprised to know about their relationship.
@Roger Federer now has 19 Grand Slams in total, and, at a time when most tennis stars have been long retired, feet on the couch, he heads into the #USOpen in New York as both the game’s legitimate and sentimental favorite.
But first, a celebration was in order for the world-renowned athlete's 36th birthday.