(January 4, 2013) Serbia surged into Saturday night’s Hyundai Hopman Cup final against Spain with a 3-0 win over Germany at Perth Arena.
Novak Djokovic played an aggressive game against Tommy Haas from the beginning. The German was no match for Djokovic losing 6-2 6-0.
“It’s been a great performance from beginning to the end,” said Djokovic. “Tommy is always a tricky player and surely he’s not the one to underestimate on the court and you know I tried my best, I was really focused from the start and I just felt drastically better than in the first few days here in Perth so I think that’s also the reason because I’ve been here a few more days and got some rest, got some practice, got used to the balls, the conditions here so I’m glad I brought Serbia a point.”
Ana Ivanovic sealed victory for the top-seeded team, dismantling Germany’s Tatjana Malek, 6-0 6-1.
With Tommy Haas unable to play the mixed doubles rubber due to a foot problem, Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis was drafted in to pair up with Malek against the Serbian duo. The top seeds won match which played more like an exhibition than a competition 6-2 7-5.
Earlier in the day an injury to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed No.6 seeded South Africa a 2-1 win over No.7 seeds France.
The tie was level at one rubber apiece after Chanelle Scheepers defeated Mathilde Johansson in the ladies singles 4-6 6-4 6-4, before Tsonga squared the ledger with a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) triumph over Kevin Anderson.
In the decisive mixed doubles Tsonga appeared hampered by a muscle strain high on his left leg and decided to retire with his country trailing 2-6 2-1.
The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the official mixed teams competition of the ITF and runs from Saturday 29 December 2012 until Saturday 5 January 2013 at the spectacular new Perth Arena. The event celebrates its 25th edition in 2013, the start of the ITF’s centenary year.