Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic says she only practiced volleys when she learnt that she was going to play with 20 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup. Bencic and Federer represented Swizterland in the Hopman Cup and won the event in 2018 and 2019.
Speaking with Czech tennis star Barbora Strýcová on her Instagram show, Bencic says, "When I found out that I was going to play with him, I only trained volleys. "I was already nervous in training with him, so I thought I would be in matches as well.
But more nervousness prevailed as I played the singles. "He coached me normally. He helped me a lot on the court, he basically took any ball that was around him, so I couldn't spoil much. He was a leader. "He said where to serve, the tactics of how we would play.
I'm more relaxed now. I already take it that we are more like friends than that I would be his fan." The World No. 8 Bencic says Federer is very normal and makes people comfortable around him off the court as well. "He's so incredibly normal, he makes people feel that everything is fine. Normally having fun, helping." The Hopman Cup has been cancelled after the 2019 edition.