Promising Swiss player Dominic Stricker reveals record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer texted him to congratulate on winning the French Open boys' singles event. Stricker, 18, handed a straight-set defeat to fellow compatriot Leandro Riedi 6-2 6-4 in the final to lift his maiden junior Grand Slam title.
"Roger and Stan both texted,” Stricker told the ITF website. “Roger texted the coach of Leandro and said to pass on his congratulations to both of us, telling us to enjoy what we’d achieved. Stan also messaged both of us yesterday in a chat to wish us good luck.
“It feels amazing to be on a list of Junior Grand Slam winners with players like that. I cannot really describe how that feels, my feelings are overcoming me to be honest. It is amazing, but it is also unbelievable at the same time.
“Right now, I am proud because I know what I have done to get here. During the lockdown, it was hard to find the motivation at times to do it every day, but I found that motivation from somewhere and it has paid off.
“We’re going to celebrate together this evening, the whole Swiss team. Both Leandro and myself had a great week and I’m looking forward to us all having a meal together and enjoying the moment”.
Stricker thinks his level caught Riedi off guard
After easily winning the first set, Stricker had a more difficult job in the second set as Riedi battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead.
However, Stricker kept his focus and won the following three games to win the second and seal a straight-set win. "We were both pretty nervous and it was difficult to start well but I did that pretty well,” Stricker said.
“I then just tried to do my thing and I think he was pretty shocked with how I played. We both played a good match but I am happy to be taking the trophy home”. Meanwhile, Riedi admitted Stricker was simply better than him in the final.
“He was just so aggressive and he played really good tennis,” Riedi said. “It was really hard for me to get any rhythm. I was not playing my best, but I wasn’t playing my worst either. He was just too good for me today.
I tried my best but he was just better. “It was a tough match but Swiss tennis fans have been so excited about today. For two of us to be the final, that is such a cool moment and I’m still really happy to be part of such a historic day for Swiss tennis”.