Hometown favourites Australia will do battle with big guns Serbia this evening in one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2013 Hopman Cup. We’ll have live scores and a blog from Perth at 8.30pm AEDT.
In the first match of the night, Australian young gun Bernard Tomic will put his ultimate game to the test when he takes on world number one and five-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic.
Having both come off convincing wins in their previous matches – Tomic defeating Germany’s Tommy Haas and Djokovic beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi – they will no doubt be looking to continue their dominance when they take to centre court.
Djokovic currently leads their head-to-head 3-0, with their most recent meeting being at the Rogers Cup in Toronto back in August where the Serb won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
It’ll be a mighty task for the 20-year-old Queenslander to overcome Djokovic but he has taken a set off Djokovic in the past during their 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinal, and has also beaten a number of top-10 players, including Robin Soderling and Tomas Berdych which will give him some much-needed confidence.
That combined with his newfound resurgence of form and fighting attitude, he will definitely test Djokovic and make it as difficult as possible for him to win.
We are no doubt in for a treat with this match and will undoubtedly see some blistering rallies and high quality displays of tennis.
Meanwhile on the women’s side, former world number one and 2008 French Open champion will take on 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty. It’ll be the first time these two have ever met so we’re definitely in for an interesting contest.
In their previous matches earlier in the week, Ivanovic crushed 2010 Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-0 6-4.
Barty on the other hand, competing in her first Hopman Cup, won her match by default against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic after she was forced to retire at 6-4 with a knee injury.
Despite losing the first set against Petkovic, Barty was showing some promising signs against the former world number nine with some aggressive backcourt play and deep groundstrokes.
However if she is to stand any chance against Ivanovic she will definitely have to lift her game even further.
It will no doubt be a cracking encounter between the two sides with the winner not only remaining undefeated but will also put them as firm favourites for the final.
So please join us with all the live action, and get involved by leaving your own thoughts and comments from 8.30pm AEDT.