Fed­erer at­tracts record crowds

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478051

Roger Fed­erer and Belinda Ben­cic cel­e­brate their Hop­man Cup fi­nal vic­tory on Satur­day night.

Ger­many’s Alexan­der Zverev.

Ger­many’s An­gelique Ker­ber.

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