Switzerland's 2018 Hopman Cup is underway and it started with a comfortable win against Japan as Roger defeated Sugita 6-3, 6-4 and Bencic defeated Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to take an unassailable lead ahead of the doubles which the Swiss also won 2-4, 4-1, 4-3 (5-1) to sweep the tie 3-0.
It was an impressive match from Roger who looked sharp from the word go as got the job done in just 66 minutes. With it being an exhibition things are obviously a bit more relaxed and that suits Fed's game as he just went for all his shots with no second-guessing. As a result, he blazed 27 winners and the backhand looked to be in great nick yet again. You can see some of the stats below:
|Yuichi Sugita||Roger Federer|
|1st Serve %||63%||60%|
|Break Points Won||0/2||3/5|
|1st Serve Points Won||13/27 (48%)||26/27 (96%)|
|Total Points Won||50||65|
Next up is Russia on January 2nd, evening slot again so it's 5.30pm local. That's 9.30am for those of you in the UK and 10.30am for most of Europe.