In January, Stricker practised with his famous countryman, 20-time major singles winner Federer. The former world No.1 gave him some useful advice.
“He actually said I should improve my serve,” said Stricker. “That's what I did actually. So I think my serve is pretty good now. So, yeah, it helped me a lot here.”
“I want to congratulate Leandro, he played a pretty good week,” Stricker had told the crowd during the trophy ceremony after beating his friend for the fourth time in as many meetings. “You guys are doing a great job, I hope we will be playing in some more finals soon.”
The 18-year-old also thanked tournament organisers for making the event possible, adding: “For everyone, I think it was a pretty hard year, so I think it’s unbelievable to play this tournament.”
The No.7 seed is the eighth player from Switzerland to win a major junior title, and the first since Rebeka Masarova won the girls’ singles in Paris three years ago.
Although he lost, Riedi was proud to have been part of such a historic match for Switzerland.