Roger Federer has repeatedly made it clear that one of his highest priorities is the conquest of the Tokyo Olympics. It will be special for the Swiss to play there in 2021, as well as for Belinda Bencic, his compatriot. Both joined forces quite successfully in the Hopman Cup and according to Rene Stauffer, Roger's official biographer, they will re-pair with a clear objective: to achieve Olympic gold in the mixed doubles of the Asian event.
Roger Federer's compatriot Belinda Bencic feels that his injury came at the right time and that he will be back in shape.
Bencic on Roger Federer
"His timing with the injury was good, and I have no doubts that he will be back in shape," said Belinda Bencic.
In an interview with SRF, Roger Federer declared that he would do everything in his power to participate in the event next year. "Olympics are always special. I took an incredible amount with me. I’m excited to see what Tokyo will be like and hope the games can take place in 2021!" he had said.
Belinda Bencic had an incredible run at the US Open last year. She reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at the event where she lost to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu. “I would be happy to play a Grand Slam tournament again.
But New York and the United States are very special right now. We would be living in a bubble, but security no one can guarantee you. So, I personally think it would be a bit early to play there – although maybe I would also play.
I can think of but not really imagine that it really is the US Open through them. I am not too keen on getting on the plane under these rules and conditions. I’d rather go somewhere by car" - she told Tages-Anzeiger.
Most of the WTA professionals dream about playing mixed-doubles tennis matches partnering Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic is fortunate enough to share the court with him on multiple occasions, “playing with Roger Federer was incredible”, this is how she describes teaming up with him.
Roger Federer makes her feel comfortable on the court and he is an encouraging and a benevolent teammate. “On the court I just felt very good playing with him. He’s so supportive, he helps so much. It feels so easy being on his side of the net. And he makes it really easy for you to play with him,” she said.