- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Roger Federer married longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec on Saturday in a small ceremony in his hometown.

The second-ranked tennis player announced the wedding on his Web site, saying the couple got married “surrounded by a small group of close friends and family.”

“It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous occasion,” he said.

The couple announced last month they are expecting their first child.

Federer is set to play in next week’s Monte Carlo Masters after accepting a last-minute wild card invitation Thursday. Federer is a three-time finalist at the clay-court tournament but has never won.

After struggling with his form last year and losing his No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal, Federer is aiming for his sixth Wimbledon title this summer. He lost to Nadal in the Australian Open final, the year’s first major.

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