IT was a spirited game between Roger Federer and Jack Sock at the Perth Arena tonight with the 19-time grand slam champion Swiss victorious in two sets 7-6 7-5.
The duo held serve until the 24th game of the Hopman Cup tie when Federer, who started and finished with an ace, broke the American’s serve leaving him to serve for the match.
The first set went to a tie breaker with Federer losing one match point before securing the game.
Breaking Sock’s serve in the second set left him open to secure the match 7-5.
After the game, a relaxed Federer said it was a “serving competition” and when you served well in Australian, it was hard to be broken.
“Conditions were fast so it lends itself to taking cuts on the ball and focus on your own serve.”
Federer said he enjoyed the banter on court with Sock and the crowd.
“I think it’s important sometimes to have fun,” he said.
“There’s no ATP points so it’s an opportunity to try out things at 30-love in the right fashion.”
Federer said he was now focused on winning the Hopman Cup trophy for Switzerland and his partner Belinda Bencic.