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Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead packed 2018 Hopman Cup field

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead packed 2018 Hopman Cup field

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by Jovica Ilic

The 30th edition of the Hopman Cup, staged at the beautiful Perth Arena, will take place between December 30 - January 6, and it brings one of the strongest fields ever. Currently, 6 players are ranked inside the Top 20, and half of the field achieved career-best ranking in 2017.

8 teams will compete for the prestige title and we will get a new champion after France made a strange decision not to defend the crown won in 2017. Japan returns to Hopman Cup for the first time in 16 years and there are some other interesting teams, together with the regular participants, like the USA and of course the host Australia.

Switzerland sends their strongest lineup, with Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic, who is making her comeback after an injury. Roger won the title here back in 2001 with Martina Hingis and he played one of the best matches in tournament history this January against Alexander Zverev.

The crowd in Perth could get a rematch of that one, with Zverev returning to represent Germany, together with a former world number 1 Angelique Kerber. Russia won the last Hopman Cup back in 2007 and Svetlana Kuznetsova will try to change that, paired with Karen Khachanov.

The hopes of the home fans lay upon 2016 champion Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis, who will try to stay injury-free in 2018 and show his reach potential. David Goffin and Elise Mertens seek the first Hopman Cup title for Belgium, same as Canadians, who brings Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard.

The United States won the tournament in 2011 for the last time and there are Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock trying to change that, both pumped after a great 2017 they had so far. Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka will carry the flag of Japan, hoping to make an impression after such a long break from the Hopman Cup.

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