Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber guide Germany into Hopman Cup final

Hopman Cup Alexander Zverev sets blockbuster Roger Federer clash

Roger Federer has become the most successful player in Hopman Cup history after leading Switzerland to a 2-1 win over Germany in an enthralling final of the mixed teams tournament in Perth Saturday, January 5.

Wimbledon champion, Kerber then overcame Bencic 6-4 7-6 to level the tie. The Swiss scored 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 in the Fast4 format in the mixed doubles decider.

The Swiss have now won the Hopman Cup on four occasions, with Germany unable to halt a 24-year wait to lift the trophy.

Switzerland, who are the defending champions, remain favourites with matches to come against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic a repeat of the 2018 final.

The former world No.1 is now unbeaten in all her seven of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup.

"I was playing point by point, not thinking too far ahead and just going for it".

The tournament came down to a single point at 4-4 in the third set tie-break, with both teams holding match point and after an extended rally Zverev dumped a backhand into the net to hand the Swiss victory.

"We will remember it for the rest of our lives, especially how it ended", Zverev said.

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In the last match of the group round against Greece Switzerland was enough to take one point, with nothing on the right Federer, having beaten in two sets of Stefanos of Zizipus (7:6, 7:6).

However, Zverev and Kerber returned fire, taking the second set from the Swiss combo 4-1.

"The players have always enjoyed this event, so let's hope it continues in some shape and form", said Federer, adding that he believed a mixed teams event was good for tennis.

However, a bad service game in the seventh game of the opening set handed the early ascendancy to Kerber, who won the first set in 32 minutes, and then snared an early break in the second set.

Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.

"What the hell are you laughing at", joked Zverev at one point, which prompted a mock, serious face from Fed.

They were not done, though: Kerber broke again for another chance to serve out victory, but again Bencic dug deep to break back: It went to a tiebreak.

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