“Gold Medalist Before Roger Federer” – Eugenie Bouchard Tags Belinda Bencic on Her Olympics Success

Published 08/25/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrate winning the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Roger Federer is arguably one of the most successful tennis players of this generation. With 20 Grand Slam victories, the 40-year-old established global superstar status during his 22-year professional career in the men’s singles category.

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However, one achievement that eludes him in this category is an Olympic gold medal. During a recent appearance, Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard pointed that stat out in a game.

Eugenie Bouchard references Roger Federer in a word game

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Although Bouchard will not take part in the upcoming US Open, she will still be at Flushing Meadows for the Grand Slam. She will feature as a studio analyst during the coverage from Tennis Channel.

Days before the hard court Grand Slam, she took part in a game titled ‘Word Rally’. Given a set of words, she needed to say the first word that came to her mind. One of those words was Federer, to which she simply said, “Roger.”

However, when Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic’s name came up, the 27-year-old noted her achievement straightaway. In addition, she referenced the medal eluding Federer’s illustrious career to mark the significance of the achievement.

When Bencic’s name came, Bouchard said, “Gold medalist in singles before Roger Federer! Amazing!”

Despite a rough start to 2021, Bencic etched her name in the history books at the Tokyo Olympics. She defeated surprise package Marketa Vondrousova in the final to become the first Swiss woman to win a singles gold medal.

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Federer is on a hiatus from tennis citing knee surgery

While Bencic will look to continue her good run of form in Flushing Meadows, her compatriot Federer will miss the rest of the 2021 season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected as he leaves centre court after losing to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the quarter finals of the gentlemen’s singles during Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

In two weeks’ time, the 40-year-old could fall behind Novak Djokovic in the record books for the most Grand Slam victories. Should he return in 2022, can Federer add more major titles to his name? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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