Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer did not participate in this edition of the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. Both the physical problems of both and the difficult pandemic situation in Tokyo has totally changed the plans of Switzerland, which has certainly started the Olympics with less hope of success.
Expectations, on the other hand, were better than expected with Switzerland winning the women's medal. If in the doubles she had to surrender in the final to the Czech Republic, Belinda Bencic achieved a great feat and became the first Swiss female tennis player in history to win a gold medal.
A wonderful week of consistency and playing to the maximum in the decisive moments (and in the decisive sets) have given the gold medal to Bencic who thus enters the history of her country. This is the third gold medal in tennis in the history of Switzerland: the first came in Barcelona 1992 with Marc Rosset and the second in Beijing 2008 in the doubles made up of two champions of this sport such as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
Now world number 12 Belinda Bencic has rewritten history again during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The hard-fought three-set final victory against Czech Marketa Vondrousova will remain in the annals and several colleagues and compatriots congratulated the Bencic.
Among these could not miss the Swiss tennis legend and his great admirer Roger Federer who created a post on social media to celebrate the victory of his compatriot. In the message Federer wrote "History" to celebrate Bencic along with the Swiss flag and an emoji with the medal.
In addition to this, the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments attached the message by writing: "Every day is a good day to make your dreams come true" The 24-year-old tennis player dedicated the victory to all her compatriots and especially to her idols Martin Hingis and precisely Roger Federer: "This medal is also for Roger and Martina, I won it for them", concluded Belinda.
Medvedev on Roger Federer
Ahead of his 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev spoke at length about a number of topics, right from the conditions in the Olympic Village to the controversial scheduling at Wimbledon.
While speaking to Telesport, Medvedev stressed he has no qualms about the arrangements in the Village even though he is used to much better conditions when playing on the regular tour. But at the same time, the Russian pointed out that he had experienced much worse when playing lower-level Futures events.
"To be completely honest, we, tennis players, are used to living at cool tournaments in five-star hotels, if you are high in the rankings, the organizers provide you with a suite," Medvedev said. "But almost all of us went through "Futures", where you are looking for a room for 40 euros, not 50.
And in order to save those 10 euros, sometimes you live in small rooms with a shower on the floor. Many of us found ourselves in such situations, so I did not see anything new for myself." Medvedev did not play a full match on Center Court despite being the second seed at the tournament.
On the other hand, every match of Roger Federer was scheduled on the showpiece court. "Naturally, there is resentment (on not being given a chance to play on Centre Court)," Medvedev said. "I wanted to play on the that court being the second-ranked player, but there is a logical explanation for everything, so I don't worry too much. Roger is ten times...what is ten - a hundred times more legendary than I am. So it's okay."