Federer cruises towards Australian Open with another win

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

Roger Federer continued preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over Karen Khachanov at the Hopman Cup, helping give Switzerland a 2-0 win over Russian Federation.

"I think it was quite a good level, so still I need to work on some things that I don't feel well but overall I think it was a good fight, that's what you need at the beginning of the year, these kind of matches I think to get into it", said the 198cm 21-year-old.

Roger Federer took another impressive step towards his Australian Open title defence today with a straight-sets win over Russian Karen Khachanov at the mixed teams Hopman Cup, as many of his main rivals faltered due to injury.

Federer, who beat Khachanov in straight sets at Halle a year ago 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.

"I remember those days, match point down, you go for it, you don't care".

Sock injured his hip during a fall in the first set and was unable to continue in the second, handing the Japanese player the win.

"It was very similar (to our match in Halle), it was again a close match, close second set, similar scenario in the first set".

Belinda Bendic beat Naomi Osaka 7-5 6-3 in the women's contest to clinch Switzerland's victory in the round-robin stage of the mixed team event.

It happened during the third game of the mixed doubles tie, when Osaka - serving from the deuce court - fired a serve wide on the right of Federer, who failed to make any contact with the out-swinging ball.

"Thursday night is a sellout", Kilderry said.

With all three matches forfeited there were late calls for Maddison Inglis and Pat Cash to put on some exhibition clashes. "He (Sock) is confident he'll be fine".

I always give everything for Belgium.' He also commented on what it felt like to beat Rafael Nadal in the groups stage and Roger Federer in the semifinals at the ATP Finals in London: 'I'm not gonna lie, it's an unbelievable feeling.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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