Featuring five top-10 stars, multiple Grand Slam champions and a trio of Olympic medallists, a superb standard was expected at Mastercard Hopman Cup 2018 – and as a series of hard-fought and entertaining ties were completed, the record 106,424 fans at Perth Arena weren’t disappointed.
Just one player, though, amassed a perfect Perth record in 2018 – Roger Federer doing so with round-robin singles wins over Karen Khachanov (Russia), Yuichi Sugita (Japan) and Jack Sock (USA) and a three-set win over Alexander Zverev in the final against Germany.
Belinda Bencic was similarly impressive for Team Switzerland, winning every singles rubber of the round-robin stage against higher ranked opponents (Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and USA’s CoCo Vandeweghe).
With Switzerland also winning every one of the team’s round-robin mixed doubles rubbers, the only blip was Bencic’s three-set loss to former No.1 Angelique Kerber – who made a stunning Hopman Cup debut with victory in every singles rubber she contested – in the final.
But victory was soon assured as the Swiss duo combined to defeat Germany in the decisive mixed doubles, ensuring that Federer was only the second player (after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who represented Spain in 1990 and 2002 triumphs) to experience such a lengthy break between Hopman Cup victories