- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MADRIDRoger Federer withdrew from the Madrid Open on Tuesday to welcome the birth of his second set of twins.

Federer said on his webpage early Tuesday he was pulling out of the tournament “to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family.” The fourth-ranked Swiss player, who already has twins, said he would “rejoin the tour soon.”

Later, Federer tweeted: “Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening! #TwinsAgain #Miracle”

Federer and his wife Mirka are already parents to twin daughters.

Federer had said last month he was prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when she gave birth.

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 file photo shows Mirka, wife of tennis player Roger Federer, with their twin daughters Myla and Charlene to watch an exhibition match during the Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Four-year old daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva have blissfully enhanced the lives of the 32-year old tenis superstar. With 17-time Grand Slam titles under his belt, family life bodes well for him. Federer even takes the kids on tour with him. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
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The 32-year-old Federer did not specify if he would return for the Rome Masters next week, with the French Open beginning on May 25. Federer, a three-time winner in Madrid, hasn’t missed a Grand Slam tournament since 2000.

Federer’s 28-5 record on the season is the ATP’s best, with the former No. 1 having won a title in Dubai.

Polish player Lukasz Kubot took Federer’s place in the Madrid draw, and will face Gilles Simon of France in a second-round match.

Second-ranked Novak Djokovic also withdrew from Madrid because of a long-term wrist injury.