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2009 is a legendary year for Roger. He marries his longstanding girlfriend, Mirka, in April. Almost two months later, he wins the French Open in Paris – accomplishing his career Grand Slam and equalling Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. With his sixth Wimbledon title, he becomes the sole record holder just a few weeks later. His personal happiness is completed by the birth of the twins Myla Rose und Charlene Riva on July 23rd.  

At the beginning of the year, Roger reaches the final at the Australian Open for the fourth time and fails to win for the first time. His rival, Rafael Nadal, celebrates his first Australian Open title after five sets of thrilling tennis. Roger takes revenge in May in Madrid by defeating Nadal and winning his first tournament in seven months.

On April 11th, Roger says "I do" to his fiancée, Mirka, within close family circles at the Marriage Registry in Basel. Roger informs his fan and the public about the event via his website, since no one caught wind of the secret marriage. The surprise and joy are immense, and the bridal couple is overwhelmed with congratulations.

Mr and Ms Federer travel to Paris and experience a nerve-wracking tournament. Roger is close to being eliminated in the round of the last 16 against Tommy Haas as well as in the semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro and has to play the full length of five sets. With luck, skill and nerves of steel, he eventually manages to reach the final against Robin Söderling, who defeated Nadal. On June 7th, in his fourth final in Paris and long due, Roger completes the task of winning the French Open and thereby accomplishes his career Grand Slam. Prior to him, only Perry, Budge, Laver, Emerson and Agassi won the four most important tournaments in tennis. With his victory Roger also equals Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Barely a month later, Wimbledon spectators too can witness tennis history being written. Roger has to go all the way in the final against Andy Roddick. He defeats the American 16:14 in the longest fifth set ever in a Grand Slam final. With his 15th title in the highest category, Roger becomes the sole record holder of Grand Slam victories – a truly historic moment!

Roger and Mirka will not only remember this match, but also July 23rd. The twin sisters Myla Rose und Charlene Riva are born healthy on this summer day. The Federers' family bliss is complete.

Roger, as first-time father and world number 1, takes on the US Open. Only in the final does Juan Martin del Potro prove too strong for him and defeats Roger in the fifth set. Roger thereby reaches the finals in all Grand Slams, wins two titles and loses twice in the fifth sets only. Despite being eliminated in the Masters in the semi-finals, he ends the year in position 1 for the 5th time – however, for the first time as a husband and father.