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Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

08 January, 2019, 02:45 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

Switzerland's Federer and Bencic will take on Germany's Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev in the Hopman Cup final on Saturday.

Roger Federer who represents Switzerland won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after beating Germany 2-1 on Saturday.

Federer was a dominant figure in an extraordinary doubles match as the Swiss claimed the abbreviated format, 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (5/4), to clinch the title.

The 30-year-old, who won the Australian Open in 2016, ensured that the mixed doubles rubber would be decisive.

Meanwhile, Federer became the most successful player in Hopman Cup history when he led Switzerland to a 2-1 win in an enthralling final of the mixed teams tournament.

She dropped two service games in the first and went down an early break in the second but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko held for 4-2.

Federer has beaten Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie and Zverev in straight sets and will be full of confidence heading into Melbourne Park later this month. The difference was, Bencic pulled off a victor to hold for her partner, while Kerber was forced into an error, 2-0.

"It's always tough to play against Belinda", Kerber said.

When asked if Williams had gifted one back, he said: "No, but that's her choice".

"It is going to be very exciting and I am hoping it is going to be as exciting as previous year but just going the other way".

"We will remember for the Rest of our lives this week, especially at this last ball change", said Zverev, and known how much he and Kerber were eager to win the title this time.

"And for us as well, and we wanted to.to win".

"It's going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play", Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.

Also, Zverev struck nine aces, but also four double faults and 23 "unforced errors ran him", towards the end of the 70-minute Match, he was frustrated.

The 37-year-old has shown throughout his long and illustrious career that he can remain playing at the highest level, and during said career, he has won a staggering 20 Grand Slams in the process.

Teammate Matt Ebden needed to win his match to keep Australia's hopes alive but went down to Zverev 6-4 6-3.

"I think I served really well".



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