HIGHLIGHTS: Roger Federer/Belinda Bencic d. Alexander Zverev/Angelique Kerber
Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic captured the Hopman Cup title for a 2nd 365 days in a row on Saturday night, edging Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in a deciding mixed doubles match—and in a single deciding point—to seal victory on the crew exhibition tournament.
The championship tie kicked off with Federer beating Zverev within the men’s singles, 6-4, 6-2, a chunk bit of revenge for a semifinal loss to the German within the semifinals of the ATP Finals last November.
“He had a supreme looking pause to the season, beating me and Novak relieve-to-relieve within the semis and finals in London—that was once a colossal effort by him, and that’s going to neutral him up for this season moderately successfully,” Federer said. “However this was once a factual match for me, no question about it. I judge I served if truth be told smartly. The prerequisites are fast, so must you string collectively a nice back-and-volley recreation admire I did on the present time, it’s continuously going to be complicated for any opponent. I judge Sascha struggled, nonetheless I made the most of it.”
HIGHLIGHTS: Roger Federer d. Alexander Zverev on the Hopman Cup
Kerber then adopted with a tighter 6-4, 7-6 (6) accumulate over Bencic within the girls folks’s singles, even supposing it goes to maintain ended essential earlier—the German originally led 6-4 5-3 and served for the match twice at 5-4 and 6-5 within the 2nd neutral, and even had double match point earlier within the tie-smash leading 6-4.
“It’s continuously complicated to play against Belinda—or now not it is a must maintain to build up the last point, and he or she’s continuously preventing till the last one,” Kerber said. “I used to be once seeking to play point by point and now not judge too essential forward, and factual going for it. I’m pleased that I won the first point for Germany and now it’s time for mixed, I judge!”
Federer and Bencic clinched the title within the mixed doubles, 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (5-4), and it couldn’t maintain had a higher pause. Within the short objects format there’s a winner-takes-all point if it’s tied at 4-4 within the third neutral tie-smash, and with a single Zverev shot into the fetch off a Bencic volley, the Swiss sealed victory.
HIGHLIGHTS: Angelique Kerber d. Belinda Bencic on the Hopman Cup
It was once Federer’s third Hopman Cup title, which is more than any varied player – male or female—within the history of the exhibition tournament. He’d won it in 2001 with Martina Hingis and last 365 days with Bencic too.
“I’m very pleased about these records, nonetheless I didn’t come right here for that,” Federer informed HopmanCup.com.
“What a thrill it was once—now not factual the match point, nonetheless additionally the overall match and the overall week. It’s colossal fun. I’m pleased and proud to indicate my nation. It’s been a supreme-looking pleasure teaming with Belinda.”
Federer leaves the Hopman Cup with a 4-0 narrative in singles and can kick off his Australian Open advertising campaign in slight over per week. He’s won the title there two years in a row (and six instances overall).
This Week on Tennis Channel Plus:
Hopman Cup (Sat – Sat 12.29 – 1.5)
• Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber headline the Hopman Cup. Look reside protection on Tennis Channel Plus starting up Saturday 12/29 at 9:00pm ET.
ATP/WTA Brisbane (Solar – Solar 12.30 – 1.6)
• Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens birth their 2019 seasons in Brisbane. Reside protection from three courts begins on Tennis Channel Plus on Sunday 12/30 at 8:00pm ET.
WTA Auckland (Solar – Solar 12.30 – 1.6)
• Take hold of the action from the ASB Traditional collectively with Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Reside protection begins on Tennis Channel Plus on Sunday 12/30 at 8:00pm ET.
WTA Shenzhen (Sat – Sat 12.29 – 1.5)
• Look first to last ball action from the Shenzhen Open that comprises Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko starting up Saturday 12/29 at 11:00pm ET.
ATP Pune (Mon – Sat 12.31 – 1.5)
• Look Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Hyeon Chung reside from Pune starting Monday 12/31 at 6:30am ET.