Federer wins record third Hopman Cup for Switzerland

08 January, 2019, 02:47 | Author: Marlene Myers
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But Kerber levelled the tie with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) win over Bencic in the women's singles rubber.

The Swiss pair wrapped up the tournament decider in the mixed doubles 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in the most exciting final of the event's 31-year history.

Switzerland, who are the defending champions, remain favourites with matches to come against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic a repeat of the 2018 final.

Wimbledon champion Kerber won all three of her round-robin matches against Australia, Spain and France, emulated by Zverev to set up a showdown with the Swiss.

Victory in Perth serves as a ideal season opener for Federer, 37, who will be looking to add to his record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open in Melbourne later in January.

This year's Hopman Cup looks increasingly like being the last one, and some of the world's best players are going to be left disappointed.

With the tournament now in the balance at 1-1, it all came down the mixed doubles pairing.

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic defended the victory at the exhibition tournament in Australia.

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Federer's win over Zverev was a step up following earlier victories over rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Britain's Cameron Norrie and American Frances Tiafoe.

However, this may well be the last Hopman Cup, which is scheduled to be displaced by the new ATP Cup which will overlap with the event from next year.

Zverev's intensity dropped in the second set with Federer getting to a 3-0 lead before taking the final set 6-2 and ultimately the first game of the night. In the hard-fought tie-break Kerber then used their third match ball.

Kerber managed with a 6:4, 7:6 (8:6) how twelve months ago the balance in the duel with Bencic, who is now number 18 in the world rankings.

"What the hell are you laughing at", joked Zverev at one point, which prompted a mock, serious face from Fed.

However, the Swiss prevailed in the mixed doubles, defending the title they won previous year. "I mean. Oh gosh", Zverev said, hand on hip.

"I am happy I was able to maintain the good, high quality tennis I showed all week", he said.

Federer assumed control of the match with an early break in the second set and, despite the German throwing everything he could at his opponent, held on with impressive ease.

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