Federer, Swiss in Hopman final

Federer, Swiss in Hopman final

Federer, Swiss in Hopman final

Roger Federer has become the first tennis player in history to win three Hopman Cup trophies after Switzerland snatched a 2-1 victory over Germany in Saturday evening's final at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.

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.

In the men's singles, Federer defeated fourth-ranked Zverev, 6-4, 6-2.

Earlier at the eight-nation Hopman Cup spectators had been treated to the unique sight of Federer facing off on court against women's great Serena Williams in the mixed doubles as Switzerland took on the US.

PERTH, Australia-Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after defending champion Switzerland beat Germany, 2-1, on Saturday.

Federer said the win helped atone for a loss to the German in the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour event in London.

"We only got to the final previous year because of Angie".

Speaking after he easily accounted for world number four Alexander Zverev, the last player to beat him in singles in Perth back in 2017, Federer played down his chances of a third successive Australian Open title.

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"It's good to finish on a singles performance like this". "On top of it I'm playing well".

However, a bad service game in the seventh game of the opening set handed the early ascendancy to Kerber, who won the first set in 32 minutes, and then snared an early break in the second set.

Kerber had two match points at 6-4 in the tie-break, but Bencic again hung on grimly and won the next two points. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor.

"It was a hard one", Barty said post-match.

Zverev talked of hoping to return next year, and Bencic admitted, "I would love every week to play Hopman Cup!".

"I served good and was moving well and Ash is always a tricky opponent", Kerber said.

The young female star Sakkari, before one of Federer's serves, jokingly yells out the question "left or right?" refering to where on either side of her would Federer serve the ball.

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