Hopman Cup: Federer guides Switzerland to 2-1 triumph over Germany

Hopman Cup: Federer guides Switzerland to 2-1 triumph over Germany

Federer and Bencic beat the German team of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in the deciding mixed doubles in a repeat of last year's final.

Although the 6-4, 6-2 win over Zverev in the Hopman final reversed a loss to the German in London in November, Federer said he was just one of many challengers in Melbourne.

Thanks to the Fast4 format, the final match culminated in a championship point for both teams simultaneously: At 4-4 in the third-set tiebreak between Switzerland and Germany, it was truly victor take all.

On Thursday, the Greek Team was opposed to Team Switzerland in the Hopman Cup in Perth.

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.

If this was to be the last edition of the Hopman Cup, then what a way for the tournament to come to an end.

"If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had like the worst attitude today", the 21-year-old Osaka said.

They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.

He then claimed his second title alongside Bencic previous year also against Germany.

"And for us as well, and we wanted to.to win".

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

"I think I only returned two of Federer's serves the whole match and the second one was the last point and the most important". Launched in 1989 by former Australian players Paul McNamee and Charlie Fancutt and named after Australian tennis great Harry Hopman, the Hopman Cup has been used as preparation for the Australian Open by three decades of players and has held a unique place in the tennis world as the only top level mixed teams tournament.

Federer's impressive stroke play countered the power of Zverev in the singles before the Swiss earned a crucial break in the 10th game of the first set.

The 37-year-old gave the Swiss the early ascendancy with a straight sets win against Zverev, before Kerber squared the tie by beating a dogged Bencic to set up the mixed doubles decider.

"It was a good Match for me, no doubt about it", he said, and stressed: "I have well-pitched".

World number two Kerber was too good for the 15th-ranked Barty in the opening match, winning 6-4, 6-4.

When asked if Williams had gifted one back, he said: "No, but that's her choice".

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