Federer wins Hop­man Cup with Switzer­land for 3rd time

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports -

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).

Golf

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.

Base­ball

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.

Horse Rac­ing

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.

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