Two sets to love for Federer

Tue May 6, 2014 7:19pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The odds of the Federer twins winning a Wimbledon doubles title in the future have dramatically shortened after Roger Federer and his wife Mirka announced the birth of a second set of twins on Tuesday.

The Swiss tennis ace revealed the amazing news on his Twitter account just hours after he announced he was pulling out of the Madrid Masters to be at the birth: "Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening! #TwinsAgain#Miracle."

The two boys were born almost five years after the arrival of their twin sisters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in July 2009 triggered a flurry of good-natured jokes about future doubles champions.

Bookmakers even offered odds of 100-1 of the sisters emulating their famous father by teaming up to win at the All England Club but those odds paled into comparison with the chances of another set of twins.

While there was no conclusive agreement on the exact odds, the internet provided a wide variety on the chances of parents having two sets of twins, ranging from 3,000-1 to 700,000-1.

Federer has been defying the odds on the tennis court all his life, winning a record 17 grand slam titles, and the announcement of twin boys sent social media into overdrive with all sorts of predictions about mixed doubles and a new generation of Swiss precision.

Former world number one Boris Becker tweeted: "Congrats to Mirka and @rogerfederer on the new addition to the #family !

#Leo and #Lenny will partner perfectly their older sisters in mixed".

Former American tennis professional Justin Gimelstob added: "congrats to @rogerfederer #Mirka on the birth of #LEO and #Lenny the @Bryanbros @Bryanbrothers records could be in jeopardy!   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their semi-final tennis match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 19, 2014.   REUTERS/Patrice Masante