Hopman Cup: Federer guides Switzerland to 2-1 triumph over Germany

Posted January 08, 2019

Roger Federer became the first three-time champion of the Cup of Chapman, and Switzerland for the fourth time won the exhibition tournament, second in wins only to team United States of America, which has six titles.

Swiss duo Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germans Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final in front of a sell-out crowd in Perth, but it is expected to be the last instalment of the event. At the event two years ago, the German had defeated Team Switzerland and it was ever so close this time again coming down to just one point in the Fast4 format in the deciding mixed doubles match.

The world No 2 secured an early lead for the Germans by beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 in the best-of-three tie.

Switzerland won the since 1989, held Hopman Cup for the fourth Time - not least thanks to a superior Federer.

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The victor of the final round robin tie would advance to Saturday's final against Swiss defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic and it was the Germans who prevailed by claiming both singles matches. "We were disappointed last year and sworn in this year, we wanted to win".

The tournament came down to a single point at 4-4 in the third set tie-break, with both teams holding match point and after an extended rally, Zverev dumped a backhand into the net to hand the Swiss victory.

Federer, who also beat Zverev in three sets in last year's Hopman final, clinched the match with a typically crisp forehand volley.

"I'm very happy. That was always the goal to get to the final", Federer said.

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"It's good to finish on a singles performance like this". "Playing here as a team with your partner, playing the mixed which is exciting, I will miss it".

World number 2 Kerber later leveled things for Germany as she beat Bencic 6-4, 7-6 in fiercely contested women's singles game.

Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong when her forehand skewed wide on game point.

"You adjust your game and Sasha (Zverev) is a totally different player than what I've had this week".

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