‘Roger Federer called me to tell his decision about Olympics,’ says Belinda Bencic

In 2018 and 2019, Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic carried the Swiss flag high and claimed tho Hopman Cup titles over Germany in Perth. Belinda and Roger would have been among the teams to beat at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in the mixed doubles, although it was hard to expect that after Roger’s injury and knee issues. After a tough Wimbledon loss to Hubert Hurkacz, Federer announced his withdrawal from the second straight Olympic Games due to an injury, not feeling at 100% and needing more time to recover. Roger called Belinda to share the news with her, and the younger Swiss felt sad and disappointed to hear that, knowing how hard it is to deal with injuries and setbacks. Roger suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the last season, and he needed two surgeries and 13 months to return to action.

Starting all over last October, Federer worked hard on the basics to shape his game and stepped on the court in March in Doha. This year, the Swiss veteran has played five tournaments on three different surfaces, achieving his best result at Wimbledon as the oldest quarter-finalist in the Open era. Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to move into the last eight, where he faced Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole beat Federer 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes to sail into the last four.

Roger Federer will not compete at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Despite having more winners than unforced errors, Federer was far from the young rival’s pace, struggling on both serve and return and making too many errors. The Swiss lost the ground in the third set to experience the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal, having nothing more left in the tank after squandering the lead in the second set. A few days later, Roger announced that he wouldn’t go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, feeling his knee again and needing more time to rest and get ready for the American swing.

“I was very sad and disappointed when I heard the news, and I really appreciated that Roger called me. I know from my own experience what it feels like to be injured. And health is always the top priority. I wish Roger to recover completely and get back on the court soon,” Belinda Bencic said.