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'I think he's still one of the favourites'- Hingis backs Federer to add to his Grand Slam haul in 2020

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 3 Dec 2019
  • Martina Hingis believes fellow Swiss, Roger Federer can add to his Grand Slam haul in 2020
  • Federer has not won a major since January 2018
Federer fell just short in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic (PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Martina Hingis believes fellow Swiss, Roger Federer can add to his Grand Slam haul in 2020.

Swiss great, Federer has not won a major since January 2018, when he defeated Marin Cilic at the Australian Open final, but Hingis has backed the 20-time major winner to end that two-year drought next season.

Federer came agonizingly close to winning Wimbledon last season, holding two match points against Novak Djokovic at 8-7 40-15 in the deciding set, but he couldn't close out the match, and went on to lose in a final set tie break.

Reflecting on that epic final, Hingis feels it is difficult for Federer to completely shake off memories from such a tough loss, but she says Federer's subsequent victory over his Djokovic at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London would have reassured the Swiss that he can still beat the very best players in the world and compete for the biggest titles. 

“It’s been two years... I mean last year, Jesus Christ... He (Federer) must still think about it sometimes, I would. Probably”, Hingis said of the 2019 Wimbledon final. “He’s had his revenge kind of now, he still sort of knows he can maybe beat him (Djokovic)”. 
“Sometimes that mentally helps. But I think he’s still one of the favourites, especially at Wimbledon I would say. “He played so well those last three games until 40-15 up on serve. He hit three winners on his serve and the fourth one just didn’t come".

Hingis also reserved some praise for Djokovic, who showed trademark resilience and fighting spirit to dig himself out of a big hole in that final and snatch a sensational win from the jaws of defeat. 

“Novak is just not going to go away, right? Maybe somebody else under pressure would miss that cross-court winner passing shot but he didn’t. So I don’t know. “Sometimes it’s just brutal. Tennis as a sport can be very mean and brutal.”

Federer gained some measure of revenge over Djokovic at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London, dismantling the Serbian 6-3 6-4 to end a five-match losing streak against his Serbian rival. The 38-year-old went on to lose to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals in what proved to be his last match of the season.

Despite that defeat, Federer can look back at another quality campaign, which yielded titles in Dubai, Miami, Halle and Basel, taking his career tally to 103, just six behind Jimmy Connors' all-time record of 109. Apart from his runner-up finish at Wimbledon, the great Swiss also made semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, while he suffered a surprise quarter final loss to Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open.

The world No. 3 is scheduled to begin his 2020 season at the Australian Open, after pulling out of the inaugural ATP Cup for personal reasons.


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