Ana and Novak beat Sweden

Ana and Novak beat Sweden

Serbia & Montenegro keep Hopman hopes alive Victory in the doubles gave Serbia & Montenegro a 2-1 win over Sweden in round-robin play at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.

The tie had been level after both singles matches, but Serbia & Montenegro triumphed in the mixed doubles, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Ana Ivanovic had put Serbia & Montenegro ahead after overwhelming Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-1 in just 43 minutes.

Despite dropping her serve in the opening game after leading 40-0, Ivanovic dominated the rest of the match.

"In the beginning I was a little bit nervous, but then I was pretty happy with my game," the 18-year-old told reporters.

"My forehand was always my strongest shot and I'm very pleased it worked well today."

Sweden's Thomas Johansson then overcame talented 18-year-old Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 to level the tie before Serbia & Montenegro took the doubles.

There was little to separate former Australian Open champion Johansson and his young opponent. The Swede saved the only break point of the first set with a big serve before claiming the tiebreak.

Djokovic led the second set 4-2 but Johansson responded by winning 12 of the next 14 points to go 5-4 up as the match progressed to a second tiebreak.

"We've been practising a lot together just before Christmas and I knew it was going to be a tough match," Johansson said.

"When you give Novak a lot of pace he's really, really good. So you really have to try to mix it up and hit some slice now and then, because as soon as he gets a rhythm he's really dangerous."