Swiss flavor in Hopman Cup 3 min read

Swiss flavor in Hopman Cup 3 min read

Swiss flavor in Hopman Cup 3 min read

Roger Federer has become the first tennis player in history to win three Hopman Cup trophies after Switzerland snatched victory from Germany 2-1 in the final at the RAC Arena here.

It was Federer's third title success in the Hopman Cup following victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis and last year's success with Bencic.

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

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. Then Bencic played a couple of weak net shots to put Federer in trouble on serve, and the Germans were swift to take advantage with a sizzling return to break, 4-1.

She dropped two service games in the first and went down an early break in the second but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko held for 4-2.

That means the final will feature the same four players as past year, a first for the tournament in what is expected to be its final instalment.

Roger Federer gifted fellow tennis great Serena Williams one of his famous Wilson rackets after beating her in their New Year's Day showdown but he says she gave it back because she "wasn't sure if she was allowed to keep it".

Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.

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

"I am happy I was able to maintain the good, high quality tennis I showed all week", he said.

"I have had such a great time in Australia the last couple of years and always enjoyed playing here", he said. The Swiss had won, literally, by one point.

Zverev had evened up the head-to-head stats with Fed last year with some decisive victories, especially finishing up the year at the ATP Finals event as the victor.

There are doubts over the future of the Hopman Cup with the ATP World Team Cup set to be introduced next year.

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