Roger that: Federer puts Switzerland on track to win Hopman Cup

Roger that: Federer puts Switzerland on track to win Hopman Cup

Although the 6-4, 6-2 win over Zverev in the Hopman final reversed a loss to the German in London in November, Federer said he was just one of many challengers in Melbourne.

ATP Finals victor Zverev then overcame Matt Ebden 6-4 6-3 to complete the win, and Germany's place in Saturday's final.

Earlier at the eight-nation Hopman Cup spectators had been treated to the unique sight of Federer facing off on court against women's great Serena Williams in the mixed doubles as Switzerland took on the US.

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"I hope it (final) is going to be just as exciting as past year, but just going the other way". Again, the German Team then lost in the Mixed doubles, this time, however, narrowly in three sets.

That means that Stefanos and Maria had to overcome the great Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic that are also the defending champions in Perth.

"We really wanted to win as a team", Zverev said.

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Zverev, beaten in the final two years in a row, said he hoped there would be a chance to atone and that he hadn't played his last Hopman match. There is talk that the Cup might go away to make room for the new ATP Cup. But the Swiss never gave up and forced a tie-break in the second.

After the final point of the mixed doubles match, Sakkari, who pulled off a brilliant return of Federer's serve to seal the win, was excited.

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.

A string of unforced errors from the racquet of Bencic came to an end in the fourth game, able to break Kerber and hold her own delivery to trail 2-3.

"Winning it back-to-back years, what a thrill it was, not just the match point but the whole week".

She clearly revelled in the company of her illustrious partner, revealing after the final that, "He talks a lot-he thinks everyone is a genius who can do all the things he says!" "It will be tough to swallow because I will remember this as our last ever match", he said.

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