Tennis - Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis says she is amazed by compatriot Roger Federer's ability to continue to be motivated to win Slams at the age of 38. In an interview to Metro, the five-time singles Grand Slam champion and one-time doubles partner of Federer at the Hopman Cup says, ‘It’s amazing, the efficiency he has and the experience he makes it so well that he knows his body and his routine and tennis is just so important to him and he wants to break all these records.
It’s amazing to see him play at that level still.’ While many questions whether Federer has a shot to win one more Slam, Hingis believes Federer's win over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals recently will give him the confidence that he can still beat the top two in tennis today - Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
‘It’s been two years [since Federer last won a Slam]. I mean last year, Jesus Christ! He must still think about it sometimes, I would. Probably. No, he’s had his revenge kind of now, he still sort of knows he can maybe beat him.
Sometimes that mentally helps. But I think he’s still one of the favorites, especially at Wimbledon I would say. He played so well those last three games until 40-15 up on serve. He hit three winners on his serve and the fourth one just didn’t come.
‘Novak is just not going to go away, right? Maybe somebody else under pressure would miss that cross-court winner passing shot but he didn’t. So I don’t know. Sometimes it’s just brutal. Tennis as a sport can be very mean and brutal.’