Ever noticed how exhausted new parents seem? It's very demanding physically. I'm sure Federer and Mirka will have a nanny on hand to help, but show me that person who has a newborn and manages to get enough sleep every night. Not to mention that physicality and mentality are arbitrary categories; the two are difficult to separate in real life. Should Mirka have any complications with her pregnancy or the baby any problem when it is born (knock on wood
), how could it not have both a mental and physical impact on Federer? I do think it's possible that fatherhood could have a negative effect on his tennis. But a joyous contribution to his life.
As for golf being as mentally demanding as tennis, I disagree. But please, I don't want to start an argument.
I said golf
was much less demanding physically, not raising a child. I did say having a child may affect Roger mentally more so than physically and that is of course debatable but I will give you my reasoning if you like. Physical and mental aren't two arbitrary concepts at all, they are quite clearly defined with aspects that differentiate each.. and yes of course they can both affect him as well and the state of one can affect the other, I never claimed contrary.
As for golf versus tennis, I don't care you can pick whatever sport you want, football, basketball, team or solo; you have the weight of your own expectations, your fans, and the world on you and you have clutch moments that you better perform. What sport at the highest level in the world isn't mentally demanding and how can you weigh the demands of one against the other?