Belinda Bencic was proclaimed Olympic champion in Tokyo 2020 and she did so with the impulse of Roger Federer, her great idol. The 24-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world number 12, remembered her compatriot after her victory in the final of the Olympic Games over the Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
“Roger wrote to me today. He told me that it was a perfect day to achieve my dreams. I was very happy and he was right. It's amazing in that sense. He always supports Swiss players. The support he gives me is wonderful and this victory is also for him”, said the new Olympic monarch.
“If my career ended here without winning anything else, I would be happy. What I have achieved today no one can take away from me. I am very grateful to all those who have helped me”, added the Helvetian. Bencic could still add another medal in Tokyo, as she will compete in the final of the women's doubles together with Viktorija Golubic: “It is impressive to get two medals, one gold and the other still to be decided.
I'm going to fight Viki and enjoy the moment because these are the memories that always remain." Although she at the start of the competition she was not one of her favorites, but her performance on the court made her clearly the best player in the competition.
But without a doubt, beyond her actions on the court, one of the keys to her was the support at the distance of the winner of 20 Grand Slams. How much do you think the call of her idol Roger Federer could have helped Belinda Bencic?
Belinda Bencic on Roger Federer
Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic has spoken on how she feels her triumph is not just for her and her nation, but also for Swiss greats Roger Federer and Martina Hingis.
“I think I accomplished it for them,” she told the Associated Press of her gold. “I think they did so much in their careers. I’m not sure I will ever be able to do what they have done. But maybe I could help them to accomplish this one by giving them this Olympics.
So it’s both for Martina and for Roger”. Martina Hingis’ best Olympic result came at Rio 2016 with a silver medal in the women’s doubles, while Federer has a singles silver from London 2012 and men’s doubles gold from Beijing 2008 to his name.
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