“The Hopman Cup was one of his first major successes. He was a late bloomer, but I knew he would achieve big. He is a living legend now. People wrote him off a couple of years ago, but look what has happened. He is no. 2 and pushing Novak Djokovic. I feel his Slam no. 18 is around the corner,” Hingis shared to asianage.com.
Federer and Hingis paired at the 2001 Hopman Cup and won the title for Switzerland beating Americans Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill in the championship round. The title was one of the first for Federer, who has went on to win 88 singles titles including 17 Grand Slam championships.
Like Federer, Hingis was one of the top players during her prime spending 209 weeks as World No. 1 in the women’s singles rankings. Hingis has won five Grand Slam titles, three at the Australian Open (1997, 1998 and 1999) and one each at the Wimbledon Championships (1997) and the US Open (1997). Hingis has shifted to the doubles competition in recent years and is currently ranked World No. 2.
Federer has won six titles in the 2015 ATP season but has come up short in the major tournaments. He was eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open. Federer made the final of the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open but fell both times to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic,
Federer is considered by many as the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport with 17 Grand Slam titles under his name. Another majors title will confirm his status as the best all-time and Hingis believes Federer has enough to win the 18th crown.