Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/3/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point in his second round match against Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
(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.
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