Federer wins Hopman Cup with Switzerland for 3rd time
Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after defending champion Switzerland beat Germany 2-1 on Saturday in Perth, Australia.
Switzerland took its fourth Hopman Cup title overall when Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (4) in the Fast4 format in the mixed doubles decider.
In the men’s singles, Federer defeated fourthranked Zverev 6-4, 6-2. Kerber leveled with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Bencic.
● U.S. Open champion A Naomi Osaka of Japan missed a chance to reach the Brisbane (Australia) International final and move up to the No. 3 ranking with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Leisa Tsurenko. Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on No. 5-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.
After Osaka’s loss, Japanese flags were still waving in the crowd when No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes. He’ll play fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 7-6 (6), 6-2 winner over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Sunday’s final, where he’s hoping to claim his first title since Memphis in 2016.
● Unseeded Canadian A teenager Bianca Andreescu beat third-seeded Su-wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, against defending champion Julia Goerges. Goerges beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-1, 7-6 (6).
Woodland stays in front with a big putt at Kapa- lua: Gary Woodland made a 65-foot eagle putt and finished with a birdie for a 5-under 68 to keep his three-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Rory McIlroy starts the new year playing in the final group after a 68.
They were tied late in the third round when McIlroy missed birdie chances at the par-5 15th and had to scramble for par on the 16th. In the group behind him, Woodland made his long eagle putt to regain the lead. He was at 17under 202.
Marc Leishman, who made a double bogey on Thursday and a triple bo- gey on Friday, eliminated big numbers and had a 68. He was four behind.
Mets get Broxton from Brewers: The New York Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Bobby Wahl and minor leaguers Adam Hill and Felix Valerio. Broxton had a .179 batting average in 51 games last season.
Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl finalists: Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they’ll duel for Horse of the Year. Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24. Justify won the Triple Crown, Accelerate won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Monomoy Girl capped her year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
● Hall of Fame jockey A Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita (Calif.) for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer. The 46-year-old rider was aboard St. Joe Bay for trainer John Sadler.