Hopman CupRoger Federer

Federer Wins First Match of 2018 En Route to Hopman Cup Round Robin Victory

Match two for Switzerland in the Hopman Cup and another victory for Team Benderer as Roger defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) and Bencic sealed the tie with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Pavlyuchenkova before the Swiss duo made it a whitewash with a 4-3 (5-1), 3-4 (3-5), 4-1 in the Fast 4 Doubles.

Match Stats

Karen Khachanov Roger Federer
1st Serve % 63% 66%
Aces 7 8
Double Faults 1 2
Winners 22 31
Unforced Errors 15 22
Break Points Won 1/4 2/2
1st Serve Pts Won 30/38 (79%) 37/50 (74%)
Total Points Won 64 72
SABR 0 0


Quick Thoughts on the Match

I'll, of course, be doing full match recaps once Melbourne kicks off but for the Hopman Cup it's just a few quick thoughts then the floor is yours.

For me, this one was another enjoyable match in Perth and another good work out for Roger who played a stylish match to win through in straight sets. After going down an early break he hit back instantly to win the first set in 29 minutes at a canter. The second was much closer, with Khachanov producing some big hits to almost taking things into a decider, forcing Fed to save 2 set points in the tie-break before the Swiss finally sealed it 10-8.

Like the match 2 days earlier we got plenty of high-quality shotmaking from both guys with Fed going toe to toe in some exchanges before bringing his variety to the fore which caused Khachanov plenty problems due to changes in pace and court position. It's so good to watch when Fed is able to rip a forehand then just throw in a slice or change of direction to force an error or open up the court to get on the front foot against a guy who is trying to hit the cover off the ball.

I also managed to catch the  Fast 4 Doubles again and they've been great fun. The crowd sound really into it and all four players came up with some quality shots, Bencic the backhand lob specialist, Fed the volley and overhead king, Pavlyuchenkova showing some deft skills at net and then Khachanov with the raw power on both wings made good viewing.

Next up is the USA and it's a straight shootout to decide who makes the final. Jock Sack retired from his match today but Fed said in his interview he thinks he will be good to play. Bencic will be facing Coco Vandegwhe who's looking to go all the way in Melbourne and she's in good form so it's going to be the toughest tie of the Group. Fed also his first cold of 2018 by the sounds of the on-court interview, just 2 days in! See you Thursday 🙂


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Nothing related to Match, but i am curious about the option to see posts by Year/month in blog. I thought we had that, gone with new design? I know we can go by Tournaments but was wandering in site looking for option to go by Calendar…

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      You can still browse archives but it’s a manual task for example you can append /2016/ onto https://www.perfect-tennis.com/2016/ and you will see all posts from 2016 in a list. You can also add the month onto that so /2017/08/ will show all posts from August 2017 etc…

  2. Wow, those hi-lites were so much fun to watch. Love to see Roger play like that. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven! And so fun to watch the young guys play their heart out to win and get out foxed by the master.

    1. I finally finished watching Top 1000 shots. Not sure I agree with the order which is obviously part of the fun but FO French Open FO 09 vs Haas is too low!

  3. Great fun! Timely reminder of the variety of Fed’s all court game being lighter on his body given the current news surrounding Muzz and Novak. No way Karen can play like that for 10-15 yrs without injury….. Tennis is in a very hard place at the mo. Suddenly warrior type players not looking so good, but that’s a whole other argument for another day.
    Allez Benderer

  4. As usual, Federer wowed the record setting crowd. As a die hard FedFan it’s wonderful to see how the fans adore Roger. Every smile, every little gesture, both on and off the court from Fed is rewarded with wild cheer and applause. It’s an amazing atmosphere. Two nights ago the crowd watching the match between Zverev and Goffin was appreciative but subdued, the Perth Arena half full. But when Switzerland is playing it’s Wow wow wow…

  5. Happy New Year everybody. Yes sounds like he has the cold maybe that accounted for the slow start,
    glad he picked up the pace and seemed to enjoying himself…his enjoyment is infectious! I was a bit
    miffed when Eurosport (via sky) said that the doubles would be on Eurosport Player which I don’t have,
    however I watched it online on 7 Live website….I scrolled down page and got Youtube Live. Should
    work for AO as well I’m viewing from Scotland x

    1. Happy New Year.

      I’m surprised 7 Sport worked with a UK IP. They are geo blocking even Twitter videos. Hope it works for Aus Open. You can get Eurosport dirty cheap though for 1 month.

      1. yes I have sky tv but Eurosport stopped Hopman cup just before the doubles
        and showed Atp. Got to see it on Youtube via 7, the doubles have been good x

  6. A good match and early test for Roger, apart from minor blip in the opening game overall its just right doze of test for Roger. Mix dubs was fun, Roger again superb at the net and overheads. Lucky Bencic too step up as well. The banter between players are fun and comical. It will be interesting to see if Jack Sock intends to play against Roger, hopefully hip sprain is not too serious.

  7. I’ve been watching a few matches this week and for the second time I’m impressed by this Greek kid Tsitsipas. He is technically very evolved and has quite a varied and aggressive game. With more net play we have a very interesting player to follow.

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