Federer attracts record crowds
ROGER Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in a live mixed doubles to claim Switzerland’s third Hopman Cup title on Saturday night.
Federer last won the Hopman Cup in 2001 when he partnered Martina Hingis.
“After all these years I can’t believe I’m here again,” he said.
“It’s absolutely amazing. I’ve lost count of the years.
“I’m thrilled to win the Hopman Cup again with Belinda. It’s been a pleasure to partner you this week, well done.”
Federer got Switzerland off to a winning start, beating Zverev in three sets but it wasn’t easy for the world number 2, who dropped his first set of the tournament.
The German’s momentum dropped in the next two sets, with Zverev even receiving a code violation from the chair umpire for throwing his racquet after losing a game to be down 0-3.
Federer won the next two sets 6-0 6-2. The contest was levelled by Kerber, who beat Bencic 6-4 6-1 but the Swiss triumphed 4-3 4-2 in the mixed doubles.
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic celebrate their Hopman Cup final victory on Saturday night.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber.