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.
|Karen Khachanov||Roger Federer|
|1st Serve %||63%||66%|
|Break Points Won||1/4||2/2|
|1st Serve Pts Won||30/38 (79%)||37/50 (74%)|
|Total Points Won||64||72|
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 🙂