Ken­nelly puts Heat on Aces

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

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.

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