Hingis “Federer sometimes haunted by Djokovic”
One former Swiss tennis icon has some worries about another, with Martina Hingis of the opinion that Roger Federer’s 2019 Wimbledon finals loss to Novak Djokovic could be haunting the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Federer wasted two match point at the All England Club five months ago in the final. It was the third win in the last four meetings for Djokovic over Federer.
The 38-year-old Swiss – one year younger than the now-retired Hingis – has not beaten Djokovic at a Grand Slam since a 2012 Wimbledon semi-final.
“Novak is just not going to go away, right,” Hingis, who became the youngest No. 1 in history at age 16 and claimed five major titles while still a teenager, said during a December London exhibition match appearance .
“I don’t know. Sometimes it’s just brutal. Tennis as a sport can be very mean and brutal.”
Hingis added: “It’s been two years (Federer’s last slam title came at the 2018 Australian Open). ‘I mean last year (Wimbledon final) – Jesus Christ!
“He must still think about it sometimes, I would. Probably. No, he’s had his revenge kind of now.
“He still sort of knows he can maybe beat him (Djokovic). Sometimes that mentally helps.
“I think he’s still one of the favourites, especially at Wimbledon I would say.”
Hingis also voiced optimism at the upcoming ATP tennis generation, citing Germany’s seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev as a strong – if patchy – breakthrough candidate along with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Zverev, Tsitsipas. Slowly, they’ve been around for a couple of years but they haven’t done so well at the Slams,” Hingis said.
‘Especially Zverev, he hasn’t done better than the quarters (at a Grand Slam) . He definitely needs to kick it up a notch.
“Mentally, I don’t know if he gets under pressure, I felt when I was younger the opposite.
“I had nothing to lose going into those matches because I thought if I lose now, OK.
“I don’t know what the problem is for Zverev. I don’t know. He obviously has beaten those players before. The five sets maybe gets on him.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online