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Roger Federer/Belinda Bencic v Serena Williams/Frances Tiafoe | FULL MATCH | USA v SUI | Hopman Cup

Jan 02, 2022
play is on from the opening point well nice move from

serena

here on the net she is set to be involved from the get go oh what a start to this contest 1500 drama already in the couple of opening points i had a bit hope

full

y out throat there to get that then

roger

really should have kept that good that's pretty obvious that was a bit of a shock and they're there in can taste the difference casey that's what you talked about him being francis going to get a lot of balls aimed at him, yes, his volleys were a bit rusty the other night in the previous mixed doubles, but let's hope they improve with that one as well.
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It started in the sense that we saw the US team doubles player in Serena get involved quickly, didn't we? Yes, absolutely, she was very close to the net. yeah a lot of cool turnout we'd expect to be the doubles player she's ok there's a bit of inside here i think yeah

roger

we'll see how it plays out well that was a statement on that second serve look how far into the court

serena

was oh what a shot from tiapa well that was class all around wonder

full

y controlled dive return but look at this easy pick up half the volley was

federer

but he hugs the middle so what nice cross play here today, which is interesting. here in the mix we talked about this the other day when we made a mixed case is that sometimes in the mix it's easier for the woman if the man hits hard and flat on the serve while Roger is actually using the jack spin. he, yes, I always feel that rhythm and for someone like Serena, the rhythm is not a problem, it's the movement of the ball, it's the kick, it's a cut, it's on the body, those are the ones that worry the players and especially to the female players because you just don't see that kind of movement on the ball the hard and fast ones can sometimes be a little easier to handle lots of anticipation for this serve fifteen xmas thanks ok average forehand topspin speeds today only 1k down for serena oh she was out after that one 194 even roger turned to look at the clock well that was a very very good second serve that was better than good i think so well it's a challenge it's a little late but going to be reviewed two of the best place servers the game has ever seen both finding their spots hitting them with unnerving accuracy great start from team usa and now this is a crucial game about to arrive with the service of

belinda

bentich someone is already a winner the pressure pendulum swings to the swiss team with Benchit serving well so I'm not sure how you felt when you played a mix when you were serving but like the man when I was on the court I always thought that it was crucial that my partner t The woman made from the first server I didn't care so much about the pace, it was just the pressure that could help more on a first serve than a second, so it's crucial here to linda so get a free. point every once in a while and let roger be seen its exactly the only thing you as a woman should have as a priority when playing mixed doubles is as you said not necessarily great first serves just good placement and involve your male counterpart in roger netting trying to get as low as possible there to know that benchitch wanted to find the angle uh look cool here she doesn't look at the path of the ball she keeps her eyes glued to the front of the court so she had no idea where that ball was going so she couldn't really flow with the doubles point where she saw Roger, he looks back and watches the flow of the balls a little more instinctively because of that fourteen, yeah that must feel good when you get a little pat.
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On th Back from Roger I thought here he could have gone down the middle a bit more or potentially at Serena's feet a bit more but the reflexes were perfect he played a great electrifying volley 15. Interesting isn't it? in a way because you can see team switzer respecting serena by targeting the trfo volley almost put a dent in serena's ambitions for australia i think well these things have to do with timing look roger give a little step to the side, read where the racket head is from tiarfo, he comes out early so much he gets that forehand but the way he moves to cover the net is the important part 15 14. two point break swiss from forehand there from tiapo and switzerland improve lead after sit serve will serve for first set switzerland lead three games to two so americans have to engineer break to serve here otherwise this opening set in this format fast four will get away from them deceptively fast sometimes, won't it?
roger federer belinda bencic v serena williams frances tiafoe full match usa v sui hopman cup
You can't really read that it's going to come as fast as that, well I think you know through that punch. zone sometimes hits it flatter other times spins it more and it's very hard to pick up that you know in that last moment when he accelerates through contact it's another over 100 mph second serve from

federer

giving serena's returns the respect which they have due, but he is coming out on top of the moment as our Swiss with three set points once again came to the party effectively, well that set probably played out as we thought it might, in a way, i mean roger in the back started to dominate a bit but francis yeah the guy can't lose sir he's the ultimate sin of mixed doubles casey yeah we talked about that didn't we talk about what It is important to keep the women's service, but in this case, Francis obviously lost his service? which is clearly the reason they lost this first set but they really make up some well composed tennis from

belinda

in particular she made a bit of a difference at the end with that return in her body that won them that game and then even in this last one I play just being composed enough to take volleys and she's a really solid mixed doubles player when you see Roger like this you wonder if I had decided to play a lot more doubles at the main level how many would I have won in the ones I played? the era how you did uh score with pete sampras different league in terms played a lot pete was a return chipper did not have the return quality that roger possesses and but this man would have been endless right?
roger federer belinda bencic v serena williams frances tiafoe full match usa v sui hopman cup
I would have raised my hand to play him everyone I'm serious you look at how little he plays doubles and how good he is and how instinctive he is in moving the net to cover the middle and keep going you look at him in the delivery c up , I mean you know it's great that she hasn't lost any of her ability to see options and angles on a doubles court and uses against that down here a set to swiss in the deciding mixed doubles oh well you can't take the full line to line there casey has to ask her if there is an argument here that serena should have served first well i was about to bring that up and i wanted to see what her thoughts were but if it was me i would have almost preferred to see serena serving first three of us agree oh couple of reasons i've done both of francis's

match

es her first percentage hasn't been great and she puts a lot of pressure on this one coming up but also serene as we mentioned he has such a good first serve you know it's the best serve in women's tennis it's equal to a lot of the men's serves on tour and that's when the guy at the net can do his job it's very easy for francis to get in there and you just know how to take down a few simple volleys yeah and so did I felt like by the end of Serena's singles

match

she really found rhythm on her serve so I'd go with that which makes the difference if you get the first one though okay well that was a bit loose from Blender, he had a long time to keep that one. inside and pepper in the right location todd, yeah, there's nothing wrong with the middle, especially if people haven't played together much before.
Oh, right on the chest, sorry, buddy. tommy just came out all together for

tiafoe

30-15 fourteen so big push off his legs federer you look at the lift he gets up off the court from that platform position that's what they almost look like okay i break it to serena and then there was a hesitation and changed her mind and went to take it back down the center i think i think that's where that mistake came from for me oh 15. serena there looking like she was hanging off her right shoulder a little bit i count st with benchitch before she wasn't hanging under nothing in that service just a little long but 120 mph well that's what the crowd came to see isn't it? a beautiful cross rally there from serena vs roger roger back to serena roger I didn't advance against Serena so I decided to hit the net player and got the bounty turtle from her.
Can you see Roger talking to Belinda? He is training her. to do there is a real strategy planned for the coach and they did it at the end change belinda moved to sit closer to roger and they talked throughout the end change it is essential in any good doubles combination to be able to talk and communicate oh just a little too big on the swing on the volley i used to communicate a lot with my teammates so much they used to shut down and not listen anymore but they knew it was good for me to serve him out oh a couple misses b enches says she'll be a bit disappointed by that and that the Americans survived a bit of pressure on their serves.
A great service game is coming here for Melinda Benticic. Well, I'd like to see Serena get a second serve here and just hammer it. along the lines of rogers really order it oh got it tournament director nelly died of a heart attack no not just the one here in perth not the one in melbourne yes tv execs and all i'll tell you what was the speedy recovery luckily that was just a look on the side of her head if she has an eye or something else and that's your turn i think she was serene saying happy new year oh still holding her ear there she's spinning uh double the size right now you have to expect to be hitting doubles, yeah just a little bit of pressure here now on belinda in this game thanks no it all comes from roger moving around the net and being so involved because the returner starts taking attention away from the ball and you get there a little early or you can be a little late whatever it is but it turns because you look up too soon she took a little step in the phone service game huh serena certainly made it there right she almost said that I don't just know move, but she almost had a racket back waiting. the big point of hers for the Americans to use this it narrows the court so well didn't feed her into the net with the movement of her there and tiafa was trying to pass it but she had eyes todd was saying off the ball by course this? it's a deal breaker here lady to lady or man to man if they were serving so uh bench itch for serena

williams

well that could have been like a match point right there well that was a point very, very critical regarding the outcome of this match absolutely what response bench is increasing for the occasion there was a little bit of pressure where she was the weakest she played so far in the mixed doubles in the last two games but she rescued the situation.
I think federer was quite happy with that. that one. Okay, he's waiting for her chance for Casey to do it, yes, the time is right and it's a good move to go straight. a million miles away well there are just a few points in the last two games that have become very important that linda just missed or made the wrong decision or just a step too slow but every point can be felt in these fast four short sets the format is getting very crucial too much wrist action there from serena so much pace on the ball she just needed to put a string on it to guide it 40 50 well i actually cant believe she missed that one clinching point three volleys missed in this serena game and its the americans under pressure on their serve this time they survive and swiss use some work to do in this second set still oh they are serving to take it to the tie break oh um again there you can see just a little bit of stiffness in the right shoulder and a little bit of tension on the scoreboard first of five points there will be two serves here from serena

williams

followed by two from belinda bentich and so on we get two uh three each then and the next two points are split there will be a third service point by the current server at that stage nice play yeah just about the best tiapo move we've seen during match zero , usa ready to move for the next roger just explaining the rules to everyone nice shot saw the space open up some damage limiting attempted there by federer like the fear of a feather through him that serena was trying to get him out from the picture hitting high yes that was the result the unforced error was a result of federer moving there at the net and again belinda so solid from her corner and roger helping her there at the net creating an error from the rack et of tfo, so both teams only stop for a brief pit stop there while they switch ends, it's a single session record here at the Mastercard Hotman Cup, as you can see in the part lowerright, 14,064 fans packed into the RAC Perth Arena and I don't think one person left their seat for this mixed doubles match, do you have three, two, USA? serene this time with a nice move what i said wow not great serve looked like great surf at the end it was a fantastic hawk eye challenge a millimeter good eyes young federer belinda ever stop moving he is perpetual motion isn't he he and the swiss have a lot of advantage now because roger federer has three service points to come four three swiss match point for the swiss to get the win over the americans it is done with so much style well they have them both on the same court at the same time in a live match like that it's something special not only for everyone in the house but for everyone in the whole world serene how was that experience for you well it was a great experience i'm a little sad it's over you know i was j I'm warming up, hey, I'm sure the people here will let us come back and play some more, no, it was a lot of fun and you know this is like I said before, it's something that grows and we grow. together really just seeing and getting a chance after all these years we've never actually done this so it's great that we get to do it at such an important point in our careers and for me it was great as I literally wanted to take pictures and I want to take to my baby.
I'm too excited, but it was a lot of fun. Roger the thing that stood out to you the most about going up against Serena in her game well I was nervous to come back because because you just don't know but people talk a lot about her surfing and I see why it's such a wonderful service because you just don't you can read it you don't see until they are very jars not good either we have the same Qualities you know but yours are a bit better but no it's true but anyway for me it was a bit nervous. too much to be honest because all of a sudden you're serving especially the last serve at three everything i have to win this point but it's serena williams i kept telling myself and telling myself this is maybe what i got I've always wanted maybe a big moment like this and served but actually completely missed the target and thanks for missing the ball but it was great great great fun and um yeah great champ you see how focused and she's determined and i love that about her and then what and for you serena to answer that same question to go out against roger you've seen a lot of his game what he stood out against playing the ball he delivers well i mean the guy is great i mean he's the greatest of all time to be honest and both on and off the court and he has such charisma that he's just a wonderful player um i think um i mean i'm trying to narrow it down here but you know and I don't know if this is correct to say i think its his serve is super underrated he has a killer serve like you literally cant read it like i said you cant read it and theres a reason its the best because you cant be that good without having a gun as amazing as that. serve so i was really looking at them all the time but i never knew how awesome it was so it was really cool to learn i hope i can get some tips later on how to get a little better but it was really awesome i think if you guys two start giving advice ok the rest of the sensation and australian open maze will go home now listen he spoke to me the other day and he said he wanted to have a selfie with roger and you haven't had that photo so we got one of ours yeah it's gonna happen here we go ryder you're in control is it on?
We need our rackets. Would you like to go get your rackets? wait here with the selfie stick while you two go and get your rackets in tv land. the talent leaves you right here we go you're in control who's going to do that ladies and gentlemen why are these two champions taking this moment for themselves would you join hands one more time for serena williams and roger federer oh you

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