“A Rock in My Career”: Belinda Bencic Acknowledges Roger Federer’s Support

Published 10/11/2021, 9:05 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)


Belinda Bencic made sure the Swiss flag flew high at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Belinda had an absolutely breathtaking run in Tokyo where she grabbed the gold medal in the women’s singles event, defeating Marketa Vondrousova in the final. Along with that, she also grabbed a silver medal in the doubles event partnering with Viktorija Golubic.

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Following her achievements at Olympics 2020, she revealed the support she received from her compatriot, Roger Federer. Bencic said that Federer encouraged her a lot throughout her Olympic run, and especially before the nerve-wrecking final match.

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Belinda Bencic acknowledges Roger Federer’s support

On her path to the Olympic gold, Bencic defeated some of the top names in women’s tennis like Barbora Krejcikova and Elena Rybakina.

In the finals, she faced Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Both the players looked fearless as the match went to the deciding set. However, Belinda Bencic dominated the third set right from the start to clinch the victory and claim an incredible Olympic gold medal.

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrate winning the Hopman Cup against Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber of Germany on day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Following her remarkable achievement, she acknowledged the well-wishes received from people. She particularly mentioned the legend, Roger Federer. Bencic said, “I am happy for Roger’s support because he has been a rock in my career and someone who I can always ask questions and ask for tips.”

Bencic is forever grateful for all the support she has received from Federer and also dedicated this victory to him. Unfortunately, the maestro himself has never won an Olympic gold medal in his career.

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Bencic withdrew from Indian Wells

After having a good run at the US Open, Bencic’s latest tournament was the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. She advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition, where she faced Elena Rybakina.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic leaves court after losing her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Jaimi Joy REFILE – CORRECTING ID

Unfortunately, Bencic suffered a knee injury during the match and had to give Rybakina a walkover in the second set itself. Since then, the Swiss has pulled out from all the WTA tournaments, including the ongoing BNP Paribas Open.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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