No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Hopman Cup Day 2 live streaming, preview and tips: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Alexander Zverev and more feature on star-studded Sunday at the Hopman Cup

Andrew Hendrie in News 28 Dec 2018
  • Day 2 of the 2019 Hopman Cup is live from 10.00am local time (2.00am GMT) on Sunday December 30
  • Germany and Spain kick things off in the day session
  • Defending champions Switzerland meet Great Britain later in the night
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland pose with the 2018 Hopman Cup trophy (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The likes of Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza will be on show during a star-studded Day 2 of the Hopman Cup in Perth on Sunday December 30 as Germany face Spain and Switzerland open against Great Britain.

(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

Germany vs Spain, live from Perth Arena at 10.00am local time (2.00am GMT)


Angelique Kerber (GER) vs Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

A mouth-watering showdown kicks off proceedings on Day 2 of the 2019 Hopman Cup as Grand Slam champions and former World No. 1s Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza collide.

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber of Germany with their 2018 runners up plates (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Muguruza endured a dismal season in 2018, falling from No. 2 in the world down to No. 18 and winning just the one title - the unheralded International crown in Monterrey. Suffering from a misfiring forehand and general inconsistency, Muguruza was barely an impact at the big events, losing in the second round at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, with her only real significant run coming at the French Open, where she made the semi-finals before being blown away by eventual champion Simona Halep. Ending the season with a semi-final loss in Zhuhai to Wang Qiang, can Muguruza bounce back in 2019 and re-establish herself as a top-tier player?

She takes a five-match winning streak into this showdown with Kerber dating back to 2015 French Open, with the German’s last win over the Spaniard coming at the start of that year in Sydney. While Muguruza fell off in 2018, Kerber put together an extraordinary resurgence, climbing all the way back from outside the top 20 to No. 2 in the world, complete with winning her third major title at Wimbledon. Kerber’s resurgence can be traced back to last season’s Hopman Cup, where she won all four singles matches for Germany before going on to capture the Apia International title in Sydney and reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

It’s the first match of the season for both and won’t count towards official records, but you get the feeling Muguruza and Kerber will go all-out for the win and early-season bragging rights.

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs David Ferrer (ESP)

Only the United States (five) have won more Hopman Cups than Spain (four) over the last three decades, and the retiring David Ferrer is the man tasked with helping his country equal the record in what is possibly the last ever edition of the mixed teams event.

Ferrer has experienced an outstanding career and has genuine claims to being one of the best players in history to never have won a Grand Slam, with the peak of his career unfortunately lining up against the ‘Big Four’ when the awesome quartet were also at the height of their powers. A former World No. 3 and French Open runner-up, Ferrer has been naturally declining for the last couple of seasons now, with the Spaniard announcing a few months ago that he would be going on a mini-farewell tour over the first quarter of 2019 before officially hanging up the racquet in Madrid.


But, being the dogged competitor he is, Ferrer won’t be going away quietly and will be determined to create a couple more special memories before fading into the sunlight - and that means Alexander Zverev will have to be on guard on Sunday. The German finished the 2018 season on the highest of highs after beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic back-to-back to win the biggest title of his young career at the Nitto ATP Finals, cementing his position in the top four and adding to the silverware he won earlier in the season at the Madrid Masters, Munich and Washington D.C. Zverev will likely cruise to victory in this one, but if he’s had too much Christmas pudding, Ferrer will make him work for it.

Switzerland vs Great Britain, live from Perth Arena at 5.30pm local time (9.30am GMT)


Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs Katie Boulter (GBR)

Belinda Bencic showcased extremely promising form at the beginning of the 2018 season, teaming with the legendary Roger Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland before going on to upset fifth seed Venus Williams in the opening round of the Australian Open. However, apart from a runner-up finish at the end of the season in Luxembourg, that was pretty much as good as it got for Bencic, who struggled to put together a sustained run of good form, while she once again was forced onto the sidelines with injury. However, the Swiss is still just 21 years of age, and if she can remain healthy, Bencic has plenty of time to claw her way back into the top 10 and challenge for major titles.

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland hoist the Hopman Cup (Photo by TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images)
Great Britain are already playing their second tie of the 2019 Hopman Cup, but at the time of writing, they haven’t yet competed against Greece, with that encounter scheduled for Saturday December 29. Boulter was set to face Maria Sakkari in the opening match of the Hopman Cup and would be hoping to repeat her win over the Greek from Tianjin earlier this year, where she made the quarter-finals before falling to Karolina Pliskova.

Roger Federer (SUI) vs Cameron Norrie (GBR)

The Hopman Cup has been a happy hunting ground for Roger Federer over the last two years, with the Swiss great going on to capture the Australian Open title after competing in Perth. Last season, Federer managed to complete the double, partnering Bencic to the Hopman Cup crown by winning all four of his singles matches, including over Alexander Zverev in the final, while he of course then went on to win his 20th major title in Melbourne, taking out Marin Cilic in a five-set final. That would ultimately be Federer’s only Grand Slam triumph of 2018, but the 37-year-old still enjoyed a fantastic year, returning briefly to World No. 1 and winning more titles in Rotterdam and Basel, along with reaching the Nitto ATP Finals semi-finals to end the year at No. 3, behind younger rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

It’s a big ask for Federer to replicate his extraordinary 2017 campaign in which he returned form injury to win two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, along with Masters 1000 crowns in Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai, especially with Djokovic back to the peak of his powers, but if anyone in tennis history has a chance of adding more major trophies to their cabinet as they are about to turn 38, it’s Federer!

Despite its exhibition status, it’s a massive night for Cameron Norrie, who is coming off a career-best season, breaking into the top 100 and reaching semi-finals in Lyon, Atlanta and Los Cabos - but beating Federer will almost certainly be a bridge too far for the Brit.


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Hopman Cup Day 2 live streaming, preview and tips: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Alexander Zverev and more feature on star-studded Sunday at the Hopman Cup

The likes of Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza will be on show during a star-studded Day 2 of the Hopman Cup in Perth on Sunday December 30 as Germany face Spain and Switzerland open against Great Britain.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages