Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann, 24, has expressed her hope to see Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka back to regularly playing on the ATP Tour as she feels that having those two is good for the game. Federer, 40, underwent a knee surgery last August and he hasn't played since.
On the other side, Wawrinka returned to action this past March after being sidelined for 12 months because of a foot surgery. "Federer and Wawrinka is of another generation, so I know that we are not here to stay forever, but I hope that the two will be back to play at the tournaments, because they are very good for Swiss tennis and international tennis," Teichmann said, per Sportskeeda.
Teichmann edged out Victoria Azarenka in a thriller
In the French Open third round, Teichmann was down by a set and a break but recovered to beat former world No. 1 Azarenka 4-6 7-5 7-6 (5). "I knew I was going into a battle," Teichmann said after the win.
"One of the best qualities of Vika is being a fighter, as am I. I have been coming up with some great matches on clay, long matches. I knew I will have my chances, I will have to keep calm and do my part." The match lasted over three hours and Teichmann thanked the Parisian crowd for making her feel like at home.
"The atmosphere was incredible today. I have the impression I'm at home. The crowd was here, supporting me, cheering me. They gave me energy. That was very important to stay throughout the match, which was a long match," Teichmann added.
It wasn't looking good for Teichmann when she fell down by a set and a break but she slowly worked her way back into the match and won in three sets. Teichmann made her first-ever Grand Slam round-of-16 on the clay courts of Roland Garros.