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Federer to contest fifth Hopman Cup

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer arrived in Perth to perform at his fifth Hopman Cup and the third in a row with Belinda Bencic, visiting this amazing event every year since 2017. After another great season in 2018 when he won the 20th Grand Slam crown in Melbourne and became the oldest world…

Defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during a practice session with David Ferrer of Spain in preparation for the upcoming Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on December 28 2018 (Photo by TONY ASHBY / AFP) /

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer arrived in Perth to perform at his fifth Hopman Cup and the third in a row with Belinda Bencic, visiting this amazing event every year since 2017.

After another great season in 2018 when he won the 20th Grand Slam crown in Melbourne and became the oldest world no. 1 in February, Roger is eager to repeat the same in 2019 following another great Hopman Cup campaign.

As usual, Roger spent the off-season in Dubai where he trained with Robin Haase and other players and he can’t wait to kick off his 2019 season here in Perth, facing Cameron Norrie, Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas in his singles matches.

In addition, Roger will have the opportunity to play against another tennis giant Serena Williams in the mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the USA on New Year’s Day, in one of the most anticipated encounters in the entire tournament.

Before the main action starts, Roger had a chance to visit the Nambung National Park and the famous Pinnacles for the first time, enjoying with the kids on the beautiful beach and having a chance to hold a live western rock lobster, a year after that famous quokka selfie that went viral and helped to promote the tourism in the region.

Roger expressed his passion for traveling once again and he plans to go around the world with his family once he retires, aiming to explore Western Australia more and visit the countries he never did before.

“I think with my age people know that if I did something extraordinary that would be amazing,” Federer said in Perth.

“If that didn’t happen, maybe it’s logical you can’t produce that tennis every year.”