Kennelly puts Heat on Aces
TEAM Switzerland – Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic – won their second consecutive Hopman Cup after beating Germany in a live threeset mixed doubles at RAC Arena on Saturday night.
Switzerland went out strong, winning the first set 4-0 before Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber hit back, taking the second 4-1.
The third set went to a tie-breaker, with Federer and Bencic winning a thrilling match point.
Neither Federer or Bencic remembered that winning point after the match but Kerber said it was a point she would remember for weeks to come.
Federer, the only player to claim three Hopman Cups, said the quokka selfie had helped him win over Perth fans.
A record 110,364 people attended what is rumoured to be the final Hopman Cup over the past week.
Federer gave the defending champions a 1-0 lead early in the night, beating Zverev 6-4 6-2. The world number 3 had to work hard for every point in the first set, breaking the German’s serve only in the final game.
Zverev’s intensity dropped in the second set, with Federer getting to a 3-0 lead before taking the final set 6-2 and ultimately the first game of the night.
After the match, Federer said his aim for the game was to win points from serve volleys and that worked out for him.
Bencic could not secure the final for Switzerland before the doubles, going down to Kerber 6-4 7-6.