Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Federer and Bencic secure Hopman Cup glory for Switzerland

Federer remains unbeaten at Hopman Cup Federer and Bencic secure Hopman Cup glory for Switzerland
Jay Anderson | 07 January, 2018, 01:37

"If I wasn't going to win a match in Australia, or win two matches, I was going to drop out of the top 30, so things were a little bit on edge past year".

"We were so close previous year", she said.

BC-TEN-Hopman Cup, 1st Ld-Writethru, 202 Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup titleAP Photo LON810Eds: Adds Federer quotes.

The Aussie 21-year-old fought bravely to claim the second set in a tiebreak, before earning a break in the third and holding his nerve to close out the match 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

Federer has at times toyed with his opponents in winning his three singles matches without dropping a set, and is a step ahead of his Hopman form a year ago when he was beaten by German young gun Alexander Zverev.

Zverev's serve, and resolve, was broken in the third game of the third set and fittingly it was a Federer drop shot which sealed the win.

The Swiss duo rebounded in the mixed doubles round, defeating Kerber and Zverev 4-3 (3), 4-2. The win was Kerber's fourth straight singles win at the Hopman Cup this year.

"I think I'm more secure".

"I'm so glad we made it in the mixed this time".




"Thanks to Roger for playing with me", said Bencic, who is continuing to climb the WTA rankings following a lengthy injury layoff.

"So just being on the court with her, practising with her, seeing how professional she was, was a dream come true".

The German was the one who lost his cool as the match slipped away, copping a code violation for an audible obscenity after disputing the chair umpire's decision to replay a Zverev serve in the second set.

"For me it's just important to be in a good mindset, well prepared, and ready to go".

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic hoist the Hopman Cup trophy.

Federer, who won all four of his singles matches this week, said he feels strong heading into his title defense at the Australian Open, which begins January 15 at Melbourne Park.

"Once again Switzerland takes it all", he joked.

"Switzerland takes it all, like we've seen so many times in tennis".

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