Roger Federer ‘happy everything is coming together’ for Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic returned to title-winning ways and her fellow Swiss Roger Federer admits he was delighted with the “tremendous” job she pulled off in Dubai.
After reaching a career-high No 7 in the world in February 2016, Bencic suffered a loss of form and injury the following year and slumped to outside the world 100.
However, she showed signs of recovery in 2018 and at the 2019 Australian Open, and things finally came together at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last week.
The 21-year-old beat the likes of Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova en route to lifting her first WTA Tour singles title since August 2015.
Her compatriot Federer, with whom she won the Hopman Cup at the start of the year, described her comeback is one of the great stories.
“I’m really happy for her, but I definitely didn’t expect it,” he is quoted as saying by Khaleej Times. “I still think, like she also thought, it was sort of work in progress, her whole comeback. But this is what sports does, they write great stories.”
He added: “I thought the way she did it was tremendous, beating four top-10 players in exhilarating matches, to be honest. I think that was wonderful for her.
“I saw her briefly. It was déjà vu. Every day I saw her at the courts, every day I congratulated her, every day she went on to win the next one.
“And then the next day I saw her at lunch, and I quickly saw her after the finals before she left.
“She was so happy. It was a pleasure to see her play a little bit, and also happy that everything is coming together with her father and her fitness coach right now.”
More from Tennis365:
Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon dream dies – but what comes next matters more
Raducanu may have failed to live up to ridiculous Wimbledon expectations, but it is far too early to write her off.
Novak Djokovic blows past Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets
The reigning champion dropped just seven games on Centre Court.
Alexander Zverev ‘in a positive mood’ as rehab begins
Alexander Zverev in a good mood as rehab journey begins.
Novak Djokovic says there is no ‘medical logic’ behind banning unvaccinated players from US Open
Novak Djokovic perplexed by decision not to allow unvaccinated players to compete at US Open.
WATCH: Novak Djokovic becomes autograph hunter on behalf of his kids, gets Venus Williams’ signature
Novak Djokovic the autograph hunter.
Rafael Nadal allays Covid-19 close contact fears after Matteo Berrettini’s Wimbledon withdrawal
“I feel very sorry for him because he was playing fantastic.”
Wimbledon day three: Follow the action from SW19 with Tennis365’s live scores and results centre here…
Catch the action from Wimbledon with our live scores and results centre…
Dan Evans to move on ‘pretty swiftly’ after Wimbledon exit: ‘It hurts. But I can have a party on my own’
Dan Evans suffered a straight-sets defeat.
Andy Murray signs up for Laver Cup as he joins ‘Europe’s Avengers’ alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“Europe’s Avengers” squad features Andy Murray.
Wimbledon day two: Brits march on, ‘it’s just wow’ for Harmony Tan after Serena Williams win, Covid-19 fears
A look back at day two at Wimbledon.