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Belinda Bencic: I definitely think Roger Federer can be best at any time

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Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic is hoping Roger Federer gets healthy and return to the Tour this year. Federer, 40, underwent a knee surgery last August. Federer is set to be out until at least the grass season. “People have written Roger Federer off so many times already but he always keeps coming back.

He has proved so many times that he is one of the best three players in the world,” Bencic said on the Match Point Canada podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “I definitely hope he will get back healthy and play tennis tournaments again.

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I think the tennis world needs him to play. I definitely think he can be the best at any time.”

Bencic still feeling the effects of COVID-19

Bencic tested poisitve for COVID-19 after returning home from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

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Bencic announced a positive COVID-19 test on December 21, recovered in time to play the Australian Open, but she is still feeling the effects of COVID-19. “I mean, my pulse was getting very up in the practices and even after Sydney, after the (Paula) Badosa match, I was very, very tired, and the breathing and everything,” Bencic said after her first round win in Melbourne.

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“I think it’s getting better day by day.” Bencic admitted her preseason preparation took a big hit after she contracted COVID-19. “Definitely for my tennis, it’s more the thing that I didn’t practise for 14 days in the middle of the pre-season,” she said.

“But for my fitness, it’s actually worse because I don’t want to say I had it very bad. Obviously not compared to people getting hospitalised and having worse symptoms, but it wasn’t easy. “My fitness definitely was very off and I had to take it very slow getting back because obviously you have to do all the tests on the heart, lungs, everything, and you cannot start too quickly to just avoid any risks.”

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