Hopman Cup day 6 was a finale for most of the teams. First up, Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt defeated Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-3, in just 63 minutes.
”A guy like Golubev is going to stand up there and he’s going to attack that second serve, so you don’t want to be hitting too many of those, especially on big points in your service game. I mixed my serve up well, hit the spots and if I can keep doing that I’m going to give myself the opportunities to break,” Hewitt said.
Next, Australia’s Alicia Molik beat Kazakhstan’s fill-in, Sesil Karatantcheva 6-3, 6-2, in her first singles victory of the week.
Later, Belgium’s Justine Henin defeated Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3. She was happy with the way she played to remains undefeated against Ivanovic (six meetings).
”I’m really happy the way I played. I had a tough start, my energy was pretty low at the beginning of the match and I was bit sleepy and the time. She put a lot of pressure at the beginning and after that I just tried to come back into the court, take every opportunity at the net and be aggressive at the returns, so I can be very happy with the way I played,” Henin said.
Novak Djokovic’s defeated Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-2, guaranteeing Team Serbia a place Hopman Cup Final on Saturday, even though Team Belgium won the mixed doubles 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. Belgium did win the Tie and will finish in second in Group A.
“‘It’s unusual seeing in the opening weeks of the season so many people watching your matches. In the opening match I felt a bit nervous, but I got used to it and it’s great, so we’re really looking forward to the Final and hopefully another win. ‘Usually the diamonds are for a woman so I mean Ana will definitely give her best and I will try to help her out and win it this time. Three years ago I played finals here with Jankovic and we were just close of making the title, but this time we are really eager to win and get those (diamond) balls,” Djokovic said.