Federer in fine fettle as Switzerland beat Russia in Hopman Cup

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 10:20:54



ROGER Federer subdued a feisty Karen Khachanov while Belinda Bencic outlasted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to help Switzerland beat Russia 3-0 in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday.
Federer won 6-3, 7-6(8) as his Australian Open preparation gained momentum but the 19-times Grand Slam champion was pushed hard in the second set by the 21-year-old in front of a record crowd of 13,943 at the Perth Arena.

Playing with little inhibition and plenty of power, Khachanov broke Federer early on before the Swiss switched gears to march ahead and take the opening set in 29 minutes.

Federer, who beat Khachanov in straight sets at Halle last year in their only previous meeting, showed his experience in the second-set tie breaker that swung back and forth and clinched the contest on his third match point.
“It was nice to see him free swinging the entire match, which isn’t easy to do,” Federer said of his opponent.