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Dad-to-be Novak Djokovic takes tips from father Roger Federer

London: Even as Wimbledon approaches its business end, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are busy indulging in baby talk.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, who is expecting his first child later this year with fiancee Jelena Ristic, has been picking Federer’s brains on what it is to be a dad and a full-time tennis player at the same time.

The 32-year-old Swiss ace is the father of two sets of twins with wife Mirka. Sons Leo and Lenny were born in May following the arrival of girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, four years ago.

“He just asked me how life was on the road, how it is to be a dad. I think it’s what like every soon-to-be dad goes through,” said Federer after reaching his ninth Wimbledon semi-final and 35th overall at the majors. “You want to get some information, something you can wrap your mind around. I think he’s super excited. He’s very happy. I’m very happy for them.

“So he’s going through that period, which is so cool. I think it’s some of the best moments now leading into it, and then right after where I am now.”

Djokovic said mum-to-be Ristic is thriving, but gave no hint when he and his family and friends would be lighting up the celebratory cigars.

“The date is coming closer. The stomach is growing. If you have kids, you know how that feels,” said the Serb. “For us, it’s a new chapter of our lives. It’s a new experience. We’re full of joy. We’re together almost nine years, and this is the crown of our relationship.”

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