Originally Posted by vernonbc
He does speak English quite fluently. It's just heavily accented but for someone who just learned it in his teens, he speaks it quite well.
As for the rest of the big three, English IS Fed's mother tongue. His mother is from South Africa and it is the first language he learned to speak. It is also the language he and Mirka use with their girls. I don't know what Djokovic's background is in relation to the English language but credit to him because he does speak it very well. I'm guessing that he learned it quite young.
No, Federer's first language is Swiss German. That is his mother tongue. He also learned English because his mother is from South Africa but he lived in and was raised in Switzerland and his mother tongue is Swiss German:
"Federer speaks three languages: German, French and English, although his mother tongue – but not his mother's tongue – is Swiss German."
Re Federer's language with his twins, he just stated in an interview that his girls understand English, Swiss German and Slovakian but they speak Swiss German:
"Q: How many languages do your three-year-old daughters speak?
RF: They understand three - English, Swiss-German and Slovakian (wife Mirka's native tongue) - and they speak one (Swiss-German)."
Stick to your obsessive knowledge about Nadal, you are lousy at Federer facts.