Federer wins record third Hopman Cup for Switzerland

08 January, 2019, 06:44 | Author: Amy Huff
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A new ATP World Team Cup tournament is set to be introduced in Australia next year, with the Hopman Cup nearly certain to make way for the 24-team event.

Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3 (1) to sign off with a consolation win. The 20-time grand slam champion first won the Hopman Cup in 2001, when he teamed with Martina Hingis to beat the US.

Defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic clinched the title a year ago with a mixed-doubles win over Kerber and Zverev.

Sakkari and her partner Stefanos Tsitsipas dished out a 2-1 win over Federer and Belinda Bencic in Greece vs Switzerland contest.

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.

Federer's performance-level was "the ideal preparation for the Australian Open", according to CNN, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion himself described "the whole match and the whole week" as one giant "thrill".

The Swiss team defeated Germany's Zverev and Kerber for the second year in a row.

Fittingly, it was Federer who served out the match in the third set tie-break, having been unable to do so earlier in the set.

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Roger Federer gifted fellow tennis great Serena Williams one of his famous Wilson rackets after beating her in their New Year's Day showdown but he says she gave it back because she "wasn't sure if she was allowed to keep it".

Smashing their way through the first set 4-0, Federer and Bencic looked like they would breeze past the Germans.

He scored another blow over the Swiss in the semis of the ATP Finals two months back, too, and here was a chance for Federer to reassert himself before the first Major of the year in Melbourne. "It was a good Match for me, no doubt about it", he said, and stressed: "I have well-pitched".

It was not until Kerber's third match point that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win.

"We came so close - we were one shot away". Bencic sealed a final love break of Kerber with a forehand victor, 4-0.

Critical to the result was Kerber's ability to convert all four of her break points during the match, while Bencic was only successful on two of seven. I'm not playing the best, but I'm also not playing the worst.

Team Switzerland loves the Hopman Cup.

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