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Federer's 'dream' of a child comes true

ROGER Federer is going to be a father.

The second-ranked Swiss tennis player said in a message posted on his Website on Thursday that girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec is pregnant with the couple's first child.

"This is a dream come true for us," the 27-year-old Federer said.

"We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well."

The baby is due sometime in the summer, he said.

"We are so happy to be starting a family together," said Federer, who met Vavrinec at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The 13-time grand slam champion is playing in Indian Wells.

Federer, who lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets in the Australian Open final, pulled out of Switzerland's Davis Cup series against the United States and withdrew from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of an injured back, but he said it is better.

"I arrived in Indian Wells earlier this week and I am eager to get back out on court," Federer said.

"My back is feeling much better and I am ready to go."

Federer is seeded second behind Nadal at Indian Wells, a tournament he won from 2004-06. He will open against either Marc Gicquel or Simone Bolelli.


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