Federer wins record third Hopman Cup for Switzerland

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There was a sense of deja vu as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic claimed a decisive mixed doubles victory over Germany in Perth.

Federer struck the first blow for the defending champions in what could be the last edition of the event, beating Zverev 6-4 6-2 in Perth on Saturday.

In a see-sawing men's singles match, veteran David Ferrer was in early control but ultimately needed a third set tie-break to win 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2) after a typically lengthy rally on match point.

How twelve months ago the German Team Switzerland lost with Superstar Roger Federer, and Belinda Bencic, with 1:2.

As if beating Federer is not flattering enough for Tsitsipas, he now sits 15th in the world tennis rankings, sitting 12 spots behind Federer, and wins like this against one of the best players of all time will do wonders for the 20-year-old's quest to being ranked the number one player in the world.

Federer's 2019 tennis season has gotten off to the strongest possible start as he helped Switzerland retain the Hopman Cup this week.

Federer's performance-level was "the ideal preparation for the Australian Open", according to CNN, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion himself described "the whole match and the whole week" as one giant "thrill".

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.

"I have had such a great time in Australia the last couple of years and always enjoyed playing here", he said.

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He broke Zverev in the 10th game of the first set and then tightened the noose on the German, with two more breaks in the second set.

"It's nice to be back in the final and play Switzerland, who we lost to in a very close match past year", he said.

The Swiss had two break chances against the Zverev serve in the first game of the third, and the German double faulted to concede it.

Critical to the result was Kerber's ability to convert all four of her break points during the match, while Bencic was only successful on two of seven.

"We came so close - we were one shot away".

Bencic couldn't secure the final for Switzerland, going down to Kerber 6-4 7-6 in a thrilling second set tie breaker.

Tsitsipas played a fantastic match against Federer, but eventually he lost 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4).

"I'm happy I'm feeling this good and playing as well as I am", he said.

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