Federer to companion Hingis in Rio

Federer says he looked up to Hingis when he was younger

Roger Federer will companion former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis for Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Federer, 34, and Hingis last played mixed doubles collectively at the Hopman Cup in Australia in 2001.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion stated he is “genuinely excited”.

“I looked up to her when I was younger, I believed she was the most unbelievable talent,” added Federer, who is a year younger than Hingis.

“She’s almost my age and she was winning Grand Slams although I was still at the national tennis centre and I couldn’t think how good she was.”

Hingis, 35, has won five Grand Slam singles titles in her career, such as Wimbledon in 1997 at the age of 16.

She came out of retirement for a second time in 2013 and has given that enjoyed great doubles success, winning five titles in 2015, including the mixed doubles and the women’s doubles at the US Open.

Hingis and Sania Mirza won their second straight Grand Slam title in the US Open women’s doubles

Federer won Olympic gold in the men’s doubles in Beijing in 2008 and silver in the men’s singles in London 4 years later.

“I’ve always stated the Olympics is really critical to me,” added the globe number two.

“Each and every Olympic Games has been a super-amazing knowledge, an eye-opener, a fantastic studying curve for me, seeing other athletes, obtaining inspired and motivated, carrying the flag is such a proud moment in my profession and my life as a particular person, to have accomplished that twice for Switzerland – in Athens and in Beijing – was incredible.”