Federer Says Yes To Playing With Hingis In Rio

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Roger Federer has given the official thumbs-up on a plan to team at the summer Rio Olympics with fellow Swiss Martin Hingis, with the all-star pair officially down to play in mixed doubles.

The No. 3 confirmed the longstanding rumor that he and the 35-year-old Hingis would combine, giving Switzerland multiple medal chances with players including French Open winner Stan Wawrinka, Timea Baczinsky and teenaged Belinda Bencic all expected to be in the Games mix.

Federer, 34, called himself “very excited” about playing alongside Hingis for the second time after the pair won the Hopman Cup in Perth in 2001.

“Yes, I will play with Martina the mixed,” said Federer, heading to India for an IPTL tie with the UAE team on Saturday against the Indian Aces with Rafael Nadal onside. “I’m very excited about that because I haven’t played with her I guess in 15 years.

“I looked up to her when I was younger, I thought she was the most unbelievable talent. She’s almost my age and she was winning grand slams while I was still at the national tennis center, trying to make it on the tour and I couldn’t believe how good she was. I’m very excited about that.”

Hingis is currently starring in another iteration of her career, standing second in WTA doubles rankings after winning grand slam titles in 2015 with Sania Mirza at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Federer has the most Olympic experience of mixed pairing after winning the men’s doubles gold with Wawrinka in Beijing 2008 and coming in silver behind Andy Murray at London 2012.

“Every Olympic (Games) has been super. . . amazing experience, an eye-opener, a great learning curve for me, seeing other athletes, getting inspired and motivated, carrying the flag is such a proud moment in my career and my life as a person, to have done that twice for Switzerland was incredible in Athens and in Beijing,” Federer told media in Dubai.

“Winning the gold with Stan, meeting (wife) Mirka in Sydney 2000, getting the silver in London, it felt like I won gold, but I was still very happy and it was incredible the combination to win the Olympics at Wimbledon, it was just. . . maybe never happen again in my lifetime, so I really cherish that moment.

“So Rio obviously is important. What’s more important? I really have a hard time putting one, two, three and four, what’s the main priority for me next year? I go in sections I guess.

“First I’ll focus on the first three months of the season all the way through Indian Wells and then we’ll look at the rest and so forth. But of course I’m thinking about it.”

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