17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has officially taken the decision to withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open to help take care of his pregnant wife Mirka. He posted a message on his official website on Tuesday morning.
“I’ve decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family. I apologize to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I’ll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon!”
Federer began his 2014 season with a finals appearance in Brisbane, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt. He would win his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a three-set semifinal in the process. He would meet Djokovic a second time at the Indian Wells final, but would lose a close three-set battle. He would later lose a surprising quarter-final match-up to Kei Nishikori in Miami, before moving onto the European clay court portion of the season.
The 32-year-old would arrive in Monte Carlo, where he would work his way to the final, beating Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic before losing to first-time Masters 1000 winner Stanislas Wawrinka. His 28-5 record overall this season boosted him back to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Federer is still expected to take part in the Rome Masters event next week.
UPDATE: Federer revealed on twitter that his wife Mirka gave birth to another set of twins on Tuesday.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 6, 2014