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Federer To Kick off 2018 Season at Hopman Cup

Schedule and Match Times for Benderer

Hey all, I hope those of you who celebrate it are having a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to what the 2018 tennis season might bring 🙂 . Like last year Roger will be starting his season at the Hopman Cup with Belinda Bencic as his partner.

The schedule is already out so I thought I'd post it here and Benderer will be playing all their matches in the evening slot. Their first match is on December 30th against Japan's Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka, the next on January 2nd against Khachanov and Pavlyuchenkova and the final group match on January 4th against Sock and Vandeweghe. Should they top the group then the final will be played on Saturday January 6th with a 4pm start.

The formula is the exact same as last year: one women's and one men's best of three sets singles matches, plus a FAST4 mixed doubles. The team who tops their respective group qualifies for the final.


Date Session Time Match
Saturday 30th December day 10.00 am Russia v USA
Saturday 30th December evening 5.30 pm Japan v Switzerland
Sunday 31st December day 10.00 am Australia v Canada
Monday 1st January evening 5.30 pm Belgium v Germany
Tuesday 2nd January day 10.00 am Japan v USA
Tuesday 2nd January evening 5.30 pm Russia v Switzerland
Wednesday 3rd January day 10.00 am  Canada v Germany
Wednesday 3rd January evening 5.30 pm  Australia v Belgium
Thursday 4th January day 10.00 am Japan v Russia
Thursday 4th January evening 5.30 pm Switzerland v USA
Friday 5th January day 10.00 am Belgium v Canada
Friday 5th January evening 5.30 pm Australia v Germany
Saturday 6th January evening 4.00 pm Winner Group A v Winner Group B


Group A Group B
Australia: Thanasi Kokkinakis & Daria Gavrilova Japan: Yuichi Sguita & Naomi Osaka
Belgium: David Goffin & Elise Mertens Russia: Karen Khachanov & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Canada: Vasek Pospisil & Eugenie Bouchard Switzerland: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic
Germany: Alexander Zverev & Angelique Kerber USA: Jack Sock & Coco Vandeweghe

Can Benderer go one better this year and make it out of the group? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


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  1. There you are, Jonathan!
    Did you go anywhere sunny on holiday or did you buy anything nice from the bitcoins’ profit?

  2. Wanda, Jonathan has been chasing birds, mainly turkeys.
    Not thinking the Swiss will do that well. Bencic hasn’t played much of late. US Germany final? But then, who cares. The year end break seems so short this time around.

    1. Belinda came back end of the season and won some challengers, so I guess she should be fresh and in form. Already in Perth too, I’m sure she will want to impress Fed 😉

      End of season break seems longer to me. No exhos or IPTL for a start.

  3. Belinda has won 3 titles in a row and 4 since her comeback I read so that’s not bad form. It’s an interesting field didn’t Sugita win the sexed up next gen year end event? Sock is going well, Coco has been doing ok under Pat Cash and Goffin on fire of late …it’s going to be fun with Zverev & Kokkinakis there too. Fed showed winning it is not necessary to do well in Melbourne . I can’t wait and hope everyone enjoyed the break & celebrations as we look to share the NY with tennis & Fed showcasing the delights of Perth for the WA Tourist authority!

    1. Yeah Belinda has come back in form already, back in top 100 and won a couple of WTA 125K series in a row just now.

      Chung won the NextGen tournament. But Sugita is pretty good on quick surfaces I think, should be an exciting match up…

      1. Brain is gone holiday mode brain. Think Sugita went really well USO 2 years ago then had injuries but was excellent, and will try hard v Fed as they all do. Apologies for the mix up!
        Should be fun anyway.

  4. They will for sure have fun, win or not. Maybe this even will make them win? Nice photo on top – bodes well for a happy new year, with fun and friendship.

  5. Hope Roger repeats his 2017 performance next year. I’ll be in Melbourne during the first week of Australian Open. Any idea when Roger plays? Is it safe to assume being the second seed, he plays Tuesday and Thursday night session and get the tickets?

  6. Can’t wait for Roger’s 1st match on 30th. I just want Roger to retain his AO title, praying to tennis gods for a good draw. Djoker will be hoping to win AO 2018 to emulate Roger’s cinderella return – yikes….

  7. I will be flying in tomorrow night to Perth. Who else is coming to Hopman Cup? I am bringing my Federer cap but the red was sold out unfortunately. (I might have to just use my red Federer visor)

      1. Thanks Wanda and Jonathan! Just went to the first night session with Federer and Bencic playing Sugita and Osaka. The evening was just magical. One of the fun aspects was to see so many Federer fans on the train and at the event. Everyone was in a great mood and lots of people were wearing RF hats, shirts and facepaint. It’s very special to be here and Perth is a wonderful venue.

    1. Yes, we have tickets for all the 6 evening matches until Friday night. We wanted to make sure we had all the evenings covered as we didn’t know which nights it would be. We watched Saturday, will be there for his matches on Tuesday and Thursday as well.

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