Federer and Bencic retain Hopman Cup for Switzerland

Federer and Bencic retain Hopman Cup for Switzerland

Swiss champion Roger Federer kept up his impressive early season form after another flawless week of singles performances at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth - as he declared Novak Djokovic the man to beat at the Australian Open.

In a rerun of the 2018 final, Federer beat Zverev 6-4 6-2 to give the Swiss an early 1-0 lead.

Federer was a dominant figure in the doubles match as the Swiss claimed the abbreviated format 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (5-4) to clinch the title.

Federer first won the Hopman Cup back in 2001 against the USA when he paired with Martina Hingis.

In the finals in Switzerland was released by the German team of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber. In the hard-fought tie-break Kerber then used their third match ball. "We were disappointed last year and sworn in this year, we wanted to win".

Zverev saved one break point in the eighth game, Federer claiming the first set after the German netted a backhand at 15/40 in the 10th game.

Roger Federer left the Hopman Cup in Perth and traveled to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open in style, landing in a private jet on Sunday. "It will be tough to swallow because I will remember this as our last ever match", he said.

They, therefore, went down in the tight mixed doubles rubber. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor.

Federer tried his best to look as serious as possible and keep a straight face so as not to "offend" his German rival again, but it wasn't long before his smile broke back out.

Critical was Kerber's ability to convert all 4 of her break points during the match, while Bencic was only successful on two of 7.

"It's going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play", Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.

Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong when her forehand skewed wide on game point.

While the future of the Hopman Cup remains unclear, both Zverev and Kerber (world No.2) are expected to compete strongly at the Australian Open, which starts on January 14.

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