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

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

Federer was in ominous form as Switzerland retained the Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday and, despite having won in Melbourne in each of the last two years, the 20-time grand slam champion says Djokovic will take stopping as the Serb eyes a third consecutive major title.

In the women's category, Germany evened things up when World No.2 Angelique Kerber outgunned Swiss hitter Belinda Bencic in a gripping contest 6-4 7-6 (6).

The Swiss pair then clinched the trophy with a 4-0 1-4 4-3 doubles win that went to the final winner-takes-all point.

It all came down to a thrilling mix doubles with the Swiss coming up trumps 4-0, 1-4, 4-3.

The likely demise of the Hopman Cup after three decades of the unique mixed teams tennis tournament has been greeted with sadness by players at this year's edition, with Serena Williams calling the prospect "heartbreaking".

The 20-times Grand Slam victor took the opening set with a single break of serve to ensure that the German was immediately under the cosh.

Federer consolidated that advantage with another break in Zverev's opening service game of the second set, able to close out the first match of the tournament decider.

Bencic started the second set just like the first, offering a break in the first game, but hung on through deuce for 2-3.

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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. Bencic sealed a final love break of Kerber with a forehand victor, 4-0.

When asked to reflect on his incredible achievement, Federer said "I'm very happy about these records, but I didn't come here for that".

It was not until Kerber's third match point that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win. "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.

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.

"You have to win the last point and it's never easy because she is fighting until the last one".

"If the Hopman Cup does not continue Perth will not only lose an incredibly historic event, but will also miss out on hosting some of the world's best female players as the proposed ATP tournament would be exclusively a men's competition".

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