Federer Wins Record Third Hopman Cup

Hope Soto
January 8, 2019

Federer and Bencic previous year defeated the same German pair of Zverev and Kerber in the final.

It was Switzerland's fourth title overall, behind only the United States with 6.

The 37-year-old used the Hopman Cup as his launching pad for winning the past two Australian Opens, the first of which in 2017 ended an nearly five-year Grand Slam drought for Federer. "We had an unbelievable event here for so many years - the Hopman Cup has been very successful from a player's viewpoint", the three-time victor said.

Roger Federer defeated Serena Williams in a mixed doubles match on New Year's Day.

As for his own chances of success, Federer said: "I'm one of the top 10 favorites and so are many others". In the last match of the group round against Greece Switzerland was enough to take one point, with nothing on the right Federer, having beaten in two sets of Stefanos of Zizipus (7:6, 7:6).

"It's always tough to play against Belinda", Kerber said.

"We really wanted to win as a team", Zverev said.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion was in scintillating form as he dispatched world number four Alexander Zverev in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, telling reporters after the match "I'm happy I'm feeling this good and playing as well as I am". After shaking hands with Federer, the 23-year-old noticed he left a towel on his seat.

Earlier Federer withstood a serving barrage from Zverev to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the tournament decider.

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

Victory in Perth serves as a ideal season opener for Federer, 37, who will be looking to add to his record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open in Melbourne later in January.

Kerber won the first set in 32 minutes, and snared an early break in the second set. In the hard-fought tie-break Kerber then used their third match ball.

Tsitsipas played a fantastic match against Federer, but eventually he lost 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4).

They changed ends at 3-3, with their partners both watching intently from the side-lines, and Bencic saved two match points to change ends still all square, 6-6.

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