Roger Federer: 'I'm always in advantage when I can S&V on fast court'


Roger Federer: 'I'm always in advantage when I can S&V on fast court'

The last edition of the Hopman Cup came in 2019, and Roger Federer was among the players to beat. The Swiss claimed all four singles victories, including a dominant 6-4, 6-2 one over world no. 4 Alexander Zverev in an hour and nine minutes in the final.

Roger took charge in the opening set's closing stages and matched towards the finish line to deliver the first point for his country in their title defense quest at RAC Arena in Perth. Federer lost ten points behind the initial shot and tamed the rival's serve with a block return that proved efficient on both the first and second serve.

Roger covered the court beautifully, mixing up his strokes and outplaying the rival in every department to notch a quick win before the women's singles encounter between Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber. The Swiss never faced a break point and converted three out of five return chances, enough to control the scoreboard and cross the finish line in no time.

Roger Federer defeated Alexander Zverev at the 2019 Hopman Cup in straight sets.

"It seems to be working out well for me. I'm feeling good, and I'm playing very well; I'm enjoying myself. I think the people here in Perth and Australia know how much this place means to me, so it's a great thrill; I can not thank you enough, guys.

Alexander had a wonderful end of the previous season, beating me and Novak Djokovic back-to-back in the semis and the final at the ATP Finals in London. It was a great effort by him at the event when only the best are remaining; it will set him up nicely for this season, and I'm sure he enjoyed his off-season; it is always a great feeling going on vacation with that title.

Today it was a good match for me, no doubt about it. I think I served well. Conditions are quick, so I think when you string together a nice serve & volley game like I did today, it's always going to be tough for any opponent.

Alexander struggled, but I made the most of it. It's not fair to play so many tall guys, but it is what it is (laugh). Ask Rod Laver about the size of those guys back then. We are eating a lot of vegetables, I guess. We are all growing, but what strikes me at the moment is that you just had a guy at 6'2"; back in the day, that was a serve and volley player.

Nowadays, the big guys are moving incredibly quickly. We saw Tsitsipas this week, and now again with Alexander; they can slide on the court, which was not possible when I came on the Tour. The game has evolved and changed, and I had to adapt my game accordingly.

In the first ten years, I played in a certain way, and in the second decade, I had to play differently because of those big guys, like Novak too; he is almost 6'3" or so, and he moves unbelievably well," Roger Federer said.

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