Cup at­mos­phere lures Fed back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

IT might have been from the other end of his ca­reer but Roger Fed­erer has fond me­mories of com­pet­ing in Perth.

The Swiss mae­stro in 2001 com­bined with another leg­end of the sport, Martina Hingis, to form prob­a­bly the great­est pair­ing as­sem­bled by Hop­man Cup or­gan­is­ers in the event’s 27-year his­tory.

“I re­mem­ber it pretty graph­i­cally be­cause I didn’t want to dis­ap­point Martina be­cause I re­mem­ber she wanted it very, very badly,” Fed­erer shared in a video mes­sage to an­nounce his in­tent to re­turn to Perth for next year’s Hop­man Cup.

Hingis was then the world No.1 (aged just 20) and at the peak of her game, but Perth's mixed team ti­tle had al­luded her.

Fed­erer, who will part­ner world No.16 Belinda Ben­cic this time, was even younger and still two years from claim­ing the first of his 17 grand slam ti­tles but in hind­sight, with that much class on court, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing they took the spoils.

“I think I took away a lot of great things from that week,” Fed­erer said.

“I was watch­ing telly this year in Bris­bane and watch­ing the great at­mos­phere that was hap­pen­ing at the Hop­man Cup when Nick (Kyr­gios) was play­ing and (Andy) Mur­ray was play­ing and I just thought it would be cool to be part of that again.

“Perth Arena seemed like a re­ally nice at­mos­phere and the sta­dium looked fan­tas­tic, so I'm look­ing for­ward to play­ing in it.”

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