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Federer, Swiss in Hopman final

08 January, 2019, 02:49 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

After the result Federer and Bencic prevailed in straight sets with scores of 4-2 and 4-3 was announced, the pair gave an on-court interview in which Williams hailed Federer as "the greatest of all time." .

Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3 (1) to sign off with a consolation win.

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

Federer is in top form as he helped Switzerland win the Hopman Cup this week.

The world No 3 will be aiming for a third successive Australian Open after looking in impressive touch after claiming a second Hopman Cup.

And the 37-year-old defending Australian Open-and Hopman Cup-champion had looked fit, eager, and aggressive throughout the week's competition, winning all three of his singles matches.

The Hopman Cup, which was first held 30 years ago, is nearly certain to be axed to make way for the incoming 24-team tournament, which is set to be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.




Federer will be bidding for a seventh Australian Open title and third in a row when the year's first grand slam begins in Melbourne on January 14. The precocious Zverev had, early on, scored wins over his tennis idol, dating back to Federer's stronghold, the grass of Halle, in 2016.

"I think I only returned two of Federer's serves the whole match and the second one was the last point and the most important".

The last German victory in the unofficial Mixed championship, which will be replaced by the newly created ATP-Cup, had brought in 1995, Anke Huber and Boris Becker, in 1993, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich had been for the first time for Germany.

World number 2 Kerber later leveled things for Germany as she beat Bencic 6-4, 7-6 in fiercely contested women's singles game. It was the first of three consecutive breaks of serve, taking the set to a tiebreaker.

"He's had a wonderful end to the season beating me and Novak back to back in semis and the final in London", Federer said.

Bencic attempted everything in a tense second set, but Kerber again had just too much as she won the tie-break to close out victory. "She did it", he said, pointing at Bencic and making it clear she was making him laugh. "It will be tough to swallow because I will remember this as our last ever match", he said.

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