Hopman Cup 2018: Monday Tennis Scores, Results and Updated Schedule

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2018

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01:  Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a backhand to Elise Mertens of Belgium in the womens singles match on day 3 during the 2018 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 1, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Paul Kane/Getty Images

Germany began their bid to win the 2018 Hopman Cup with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Group A at Australia's Perth Arena on Monday. A strong pairing of Alexander Zverev Jr. and Angelique Kerber was ultimately too good for David Goffin and Elise Mertens.

Here's how the win unfolded:

     

Monday's Result

Germany 2-1 Belgium

  • Angelique Kerber bt. Elise Mertens 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1)
  • David Goffin bt. Alexander Zverev 3-6, 3-6
  • Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev bt. David Goffin and Elise Mertens 4-2, 4-3 (2)

      

Tuesday Schedule

Day

Japan vs. USA: Naomi Osaka vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Yuichi Sugita vs. Jack Sock

Osaka and Sugita vs. Vandeweghe and Sock

     

Evening

Russia vs. Switzerland: Karen Khachanov vs. Roger Federer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Belinda Bencic

Khachanov and Pavlyuchenkova vs. Federer and Bencic

Full schedule available on HopmanCup.com.

      

The tie started well for Germany when Kerber survived against a determined Mertens. Tiebreaks were needed in each set, but it was the former who took them both, despite Mertens earning a vital break point in the sixth game of the opening set.

There was little to choose between the two before the second set started, as the tournament's official Twitter account detailed:

Things stayed close in the second, but Kerber made easier work of this tiebreak to finally get Germany off the mark.

Belgium needed a response and had Goffin to thank for it after the 27-year-old schooled Zverev during a straight-sets win.

An assured display eased Goffin through the first set, with the statistics showing the importance of his two break points:

World No. 4 Zverev couldn't settle in the next set, even though he opened up a two-game lead. However, another vital break of serve helped Goffin reel off four wins without reply.

The job was soon completed and Belgium were on the board.

If Germany felt the pressure, neither Kerber nor Zverev showed it during the mixed doubles decider. It was 20-year-old Zverev who played with a confidence belying his tender years, helping to break the Goffin serve in the opening game.

Germany proved the quality and potential of their team by edging past a highly capable Belgium duo. It's something Kerber and Zverev are talented enough to continue against Canada and Australia.

Meanwhile, Belgium need an emphatic response when Goffin and Mertens face the hosts on Wednesday.

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