Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer wins Hopman Cup with Switzerland for record 3rd time

Federer wins Hopman Cup with Switzerland for record 3rd time

Earlier the two countries split the singles matches, German Angelique Kerber levelling with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) win against Bencic after Federer outclassed Zverev 6-4 6-2.

Roger Federer has won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after Switzerland beat Germany in a winner-takes-all point on Saturday night.

After overpowering a stubborn Ebden, Zverev said he and Kerber were motivated by last year's loss in the final.

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.

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

"The players have always enjoyed this event, so let's hope it continues in some shape and form", said Federer, adding that he believed a mixed teams event was good for tennis. "We were disappointed last year and sworn in this year, we wanted to win".

"We came so close - we were one shot away".

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It was the prefect preparation for the Australian Open as Roger Federer teamed up with Belinda Bencic to help Switzerland defend its Hopman Cup title in Perth. After shaking hands with Federer, the 23-year-old noticed he left a towel on his seat.

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.

He was pleased to maintain his unbeaten singles record during the week, during which he never dropped his serve.

The world number three had earlier shown why he is a firm favourite for the season's first major, firing 24 winners and nine aces in a flawless 6-4 6-2 victory over ATP Finals champion Zverev.

The 20-times Grand Slam victor took the opening set with a single break of serve to ensure that the German was immediately under the cosh. The Swiss then pulled off a quick break with a backhand pass onto the baseline, 2-0, and after just an hour and 10 minutes, Federer smothered the net to break with his 25th volley of the match, 6-2.

The tiebreaker too had its twists, Kerber needing three match points to seal the win.

"She was fighting until the last one (point)", she said.

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