Roger Federer was a player to beat at the 2019 Hopman Cup. The veteran played aggressive tennis in Perth and defeated four rivals to keep Switzerland on the title course alongside Belinda Bencic. Roger faced world no. 4 Alexander Zverev and notched a notable 6-4, 6-2 victory in 69 minutes!
The Swiss dominated since the opening set's closing stages to march toward the finish line and deliver the opening point for Switzerland against Germany. Everything worked perfectly for a 20-time Major champion. Roger lost ten points behind the initial shot and used his excellent block return to tame his rival's initial stroke, making him suffer on the first and second serve.
Also, those returns were usually very deep, and Alexander could only do a little with them. The German started the rallies from behind, unable to impose his shots and dictate the exchanges from the baseline. Roger covered the court beautifully, mixing up his strokes and outplaying the rival in every department to notch a quick win.
The Swiss never faced a break point, thundering from his forehand and volley and keeping the pressure on the other side. Roger 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's working out well for me. I'm feeling good and playing very well; I'm enjoying myself. 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.
Sascha had a great end to the previous season, beating me and Novak Djokovic 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's always a great feeling going on vacation with that title.
Today it was a good match for me, no doubt. I served well. Conditions are quick, so when you string together a nice serve and volley game like I did today, it will always be tough for any opponent. Alexander struggled, but I made the most of it; it puts us in a good position with Belinda playing now, which is wonderful.
Playing so many tall guys is unfair, but what can you do? 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 is striking me quite a lot 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," Roger Federer said.