Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Hopman Cup: Federer, Bencic retain title for Switzerland

Hopman Cup: Federer, Bencic retain title for Switzerland

It was Federer's third title success in the Hopman Cup, more than any other player, following victory in 2001 alongside then World No.1 Martina Hingis and last year's win with Bencic.

The victor of the final round robin tie would advance to Saturday's final against Swiss defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic and it was the Germans who prevailed by claiming both singles matches.

Going down to the final point in the Fast4 format, Switzerland survived a match point in the tie-break and managed to clinch the historic win 4-0, 1-4, 4-3.

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

Switzerland claimed their country's third Hopman Cup a year ago, with Federer, who first won the title in 2001 with Martina Hingis, and Kerber winning their respective singles and the Swiss taking the deciding mixed doubles.

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

Federer gave his team the advantage right from the start.

Neither Federer or Bencic remembered that winning point after the match but Kerber said it was a point she would remember for weeks to come.

"Winning it back-to-back years, what a thrill it was, not just the match point but the whole week".

"I'm very happy. That was always the goal to get to the final", Federer said.

Smashing their way through the first set 4-0, Federer and Bencic looked like they would breeze past the Germans. But the Swiss, nearly as quickly, hit back with a hold and break for the loss of one point, and then worked three break chances, as Federer hovered courtside taking photos.

"We lost a very close match previous year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again".

"It (leg) is so sore, we have been playing a lot this week - I felt a little bit of pain in my quad", she said.

Kerber and Zverev each claimed straight-sets victories in their country's final round-robin ties in Perth on Friday, overcoming Ashleigh Barty and Matt Ebden respectively.

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.

Zverev broke his opponent's serve three times - the first coming in the third game of the first set after some aggressive tennis. "I never played but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here".

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