Australia vs Serbia: Hopman Cup tennis live scores, blog

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    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.

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    • 2:26am
      Karen said | 2:26am | ! Report

      Lets put this in perpective Tomic beats Djokivic
      in Hopman Cup they are hitting partners but the real bonus for Australia is Ash Barty who will be top 20 and even higher.She has the perfect temperment and game and is coached by an all time great Evonne Goolagong get on her bandwagon Australia.

    • Roar Guru

      10:28pm
      ayoung said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      Congrats again to Tomic. Although only a exhibition match and still a long way to go for him – it’s great to see him receiving some positive press for a change!

      However on that note, that is unfortunately it from me tonight. With this time difference and other commitments I have to leave you. However be sure to tune in to the Hopman Cup website for more live coverage on the next match on Perth Arena between former world number one Ana Ivanovic and Aussie teenager Ashleigh Barty.

      Thanks again for your company. I’ll be back tomorrow to cover Tomic’s next opponent in Andreas Seppi of Italy. See you all then!

    • Roar Guru

      10:18pm
      ayoung said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      On his win and preparation for the game Tomic said:

      “I was really nervous but I knew a trained a lot the last few months and worked hard on my technique and my serve and that is why I think I won today.”

    • Roar Guru

      10:17pm
      ayoung said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      It wasn’t as though Djokovic played badly, he was simply outplayed but the better guy on the night.

      If Tomic can play like he just did we’re in for a real treat when the Australian Open begins!

    • Roar Guru

      10:16pm
      ayoung said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Tomic produced an impressive performance tonight. In a game lasting 1hr and 24mins Tomic had 13 break point chances, 8 aces and 25 winners. In comparison Djokovic only had one break point opportunity, produced only 4 aces and 12 winners.

    • Roar Guru

      10:13pm
      ayoung said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      In a perfectly fitting way, Tomic brings up his match point with ace number 8 before forcing Djokovic to the net and producing a cross court forehand winner to take the match!

      Awesome effort by the 20-year-old!

    • Roar Guru

      10:10pm
      ayoung said | 10:10pm | ! Report

      Djokovic 4-6, 4-6 Tomic*

      He’s done it! Tomic has defeated the world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4!!

      In pure jubilation by the crowd, the Aussie has done the unbelievable!

    • Roar Guru

      10:07pm
      ayoung said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      Djokovic 4-6, 4-5 Tomic*

      A cross court forehand which can only be described as “too good” sends Tomic up 0-15. Djokovic is in all sorts producing errors on both sides and sending two into the net to give the Aussie three break points.

      Unable to convert after sending two backhands down the line just wide and Djokovic producing an unreturnable serve, the game moved to deuce.

      Yet Djokovic came up with some incredible skills reaching out to do the splits on one point just to get a shot back. But after three deuces and a mini spectator interruption Tomic forces Djokovic long to break once again.

      Tomic is now serving for the match!

    • Roar Guru

      10:04pm
      ayoung said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      A bit of comedic fun in the arena as a spectator shouts out something to which Djokovic liked the sound of and offered him his racquet to play. Suffice to say, the spectator didn’t oblige.

    • Roar Guru

      9:58pm
      ayoung said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      *Djokovic 4-6, 4-4 Tomic

      With the second new ball, Tomic rips his serve once again to a helpless Djokovic who simply cannot conjure up a return. The Aussie takes the game to love.

    • Roar Guru

      9:55pm
      ayoung said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      Bernard is showing a lot of aggression tonight and is refusing to give up any cheap points. You can tell he wants this and knows he can do it too!

      This is certainly a different Tomic that has embraced us on court tonight than the one we have heard so infamously about these past few months!

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