Switzerland are Mastercard Hopman Cup champions for the third time after Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic mixed to topple Team Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber Four-Three(Three) Four-2.
19-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who lifted the trophy alongside Martina Hingis again in 2001, received all 4 of his singles contests, while a rejuvenated Bencic helped preserve an unbeaten Swiss document within the blended doubles.
Earlier, Roger Federer outplayed Sascha Zverev 6-7(Four) 6-Zero 6-2 to start an enthralling closing. The contest was levelled by Angelique Kerber defeating Bencic 6-Four 6-1.
Back on court docket within the blended doubles Federer missed a volley on high of the online as a deciding level was chalked up on Bencic’s serve, however the Swiss escaped when Kerber netted an angled forehand.
It was a high-quality quartet and this time Germany needed to stave off a deciding level. Zverev’s sharp reactions secured the purpose because the set edged right into a tiebreak.
From 2-Zero to the Germans, Switzerland reeled off 4 factors in a row, together with a blistering Bencic backhand return winner down the road and a flicked Federer volley winner from up excessive. The Swiss had been half solution to the trophy.
Zverev smirked in disbelief when he rocketed a backhand at Bencic and the Swiss shut her eyes, however nonetheless managed to deflect the ball again in from the wobbling body.
However, Bencic’s returning was significantly efficient and allows Federer to select off volleys on the internet. The 20-year-old deflected a bullet backhand return winner, forward of a trademark backhand winner from Federer to spark the pivotal break.
Federer took to the baseline, held to like with an ace and it was merely Swiss bliss at Perth Arena.
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