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Roger Federer wins tough Hopman Cup match against Karen Khachanov from Russian Federation

CoCo Vandeweghe inspires USA's Hopman Cup win over Russia Roger Federer wins tough Hopman Cup match against Karen Khachanov from Russian Federation
Kristopher Love | 02 January, 2018, 19:39

Roger Federer took another impressive step towards his Australian Open title defence today with a straight-sets win over Russian Karen Khachanov at the mixed teams Hopman Cup, as many of his main rivals faltered due to injury. There is still uncertainty over the availability of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the other three members of the sport's Big 4.

Federer won 6-3 7-6 (8) as his Australian Open preparation gained momentum but the 19-times grand slam champion was pushed hard in the second set by the 21-year-old in front of a record crowd of 13,943 at the Perth Arena.

I always give everything for Belgium.' He also commented on what it felt like to beat Rafael Nadal in the groups stage and Roger Federer in the semifinals at the ATP Finals in London: 'I'm not gonna lie, it's an incredible feeling.

Khachanov matched Federer impressively with backhand winners in the second set before a back-and-forth tiebreaker.

Bencic and Federer returned to complete the clean sweep in the mixed doubles match as they overcame Khachanov and Pavlyuchenkova 4-3, 3-4, 4-1.

Federer dropped two match points but claimed victory after an unsuccessful line challenge from Khachanov.

"I thought the intensity was great, the level was very high too", Federer said after his singles victory.

"It was a good match overall and I was happy with my performance".

The victor in their clash on Thursday will advance to Saturday's final and Federer said he expected Sock to be fit for that tie.

It came after Japan's Naomi Osaka withdrew from the tie this morning due to illness and was replaced by WA's Maddison Inglis in a freakish day at the mixed-teams tournament.

Thanasi Kokkinakis in action at the Hopman Cup tournament.

Belinda Bencic then wrapped up the win for Switzerland in the Group B clash as she gave the nation an unassailable 2-0 lead by ousting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Vandeweghe and Sock were beaten by the French team of Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet in last year's decider.