Tennis: Mertens, Goffin find form as Belgium kick Australia in Hopman Cup

(Reuters) – Elise Mertens fended off Daria Gavrilova while David Goffin blitzed his approach past Thanasi Kokkinakis as Belgium cumulative a 3-0 feat over Australia in a Hopman Cup on Wednesday.

Mertens fought behind from a set down to exist Gavrilova 2-6 6-4 6-2 in a two-hour conflict during a Perth Arena to assistance Belgium keep their hopes of reaching Saturday’s final alive.

Gavrilova pennyless Mertens early in a compare and clinched a opening set with ease. She continued to conflict her opposition in a second set though universe series 36 Mertens saved a mangle indicate and altered her gameplan to opposite a Australian.

”I started to be some-more aggressive, stepped adult to a baseline and came to a net more,“ Mertens said. ”I done her play some-more defensive, so I‘m happy with my diversion in a end.

“I’ve worked a lot on my offence. Tennis during a tip is so aggressive, so direct, that’s a character we wish to play.”

Mertens reeled off 3 games in a quarrel to turn a competition during one set all and used a movement to overcome in a decider.

Goffin, who kick universe series 4 Alexander Zverev in his opening match, struck 27 winners in his 6-4 6-2 feat over Kokkinakis to bind a tie. Belgium afterwards won a churned doubles passed rubber.

“I‘m feeling so good on a justice given we arrived here in Australia,” Goffin said. “I‘m personification unequivocally well, I’ve won dual good matches with a high level, so I‘m really happy how I’ve started a year.”

Belgium can strech a final if they kick Canada in their subsequent compare and Australia destroy to improved their outcome opposite Germany.

Earlier, Angelique Kerber kick Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-3 while Alexander Zverev degraded Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-2 as Germany hermetic a gentle 3-0 feat over Canada.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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