Quirky Sydney Olympics truth behind Roger Federer and Mirka meeting

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Roger Federer and Miroslava 'Mirka' Vavrinec (pictured) arrive at Wimbledon Champions Dinner in 2007.
A Swiss wrestling coach has detailed how he 'helped' Roger Federer and Mirka Federer (pictured back in 2007) meet at the Sydney Olympics. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Mirka Federer are one of the sports world's most famous couples, but a recent account has revealed how shy the 20-time Grand Slam champ was in approaching his future wife at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Friend and wrestling coach Ludwin Kung has revealed the story of how shy the tennis master was to approach Mirka during their meeting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Swiss wrestlers and tennis players shared a common lodge at the Sydney Olympic Games and some of them noticed an 18-year-old Federer had fallen for Mirka.

But Kung has revealed to Blick that Federer needed help approaching his future wife.

While Federer found a life partner, he was unable to clinch a medal at the Sydney Olympics as he fell to Arnaud di Pasquale in the beonze medal play-off.

“We knew Roger was into Mirka and then we helped him a little bit," he told Swiss site Blick, according to Essentially Sport.

Kung said the pair spent 15 minutes together before they emerged laughing.

“From then on, they were a couple," Kung added.

While Federer found a life partner, he was unable to clinch a medal at the Sydney Olympics as he fell to Arnaud di Pasquale in the bronze medal play-off.

But three years later, he managed to win the first of his 20 Grand Slams after he claimed the 2003 Wimbledon title.

Federer and Mirka married in a ceremony in Basel in 2009.

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Roger and Mirka have reportedly hit a snag in their plans to build a $92 million mansion on the shores of Lake Zurich.

The tennis golden couple are building a stunning new family home in Rappersil-Jona, a municipality in the Wahlkreis of See-Gaster in Switzerland.

The Federers had been hoping to move in by the end of 2021 but have since encountered a number of setbacks.

Local media in Switzerland reports construction has stopped because of contaminated land near the lakeshore.

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