Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Germany proves too strong for Australia

Germany proves too strong for Australia

Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic secured a 2-1 victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev to win the second year in a row.

Kerber kept the tie alive by winning the second rubber in straight sets, Bencic going down 6-4 7-6 (8-6). A dramatic finish to what was arguably the best Hopman Cup ever - which also saw Federer and Serena face off for the first time in a historic mixed doubles clash - came down to a single match point shared by both sides in the final.

The win gave #Benderer their second consecutive Hopman Cup crown, and made Federer the winningest player in the tournament's history, with three total championships.

Roger Federer has won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after Switzerland beat Germany in a winner-takes-all point on Saturday night.

A new ATP World Team Cup tournament is set to be introduced in Australia next year, with the Hopman Cup nearly certain to make way for the 24-team event.

"It is going to be very exciting and I am hoping it is going to be as exciting as previous year but just going the other way".

The Hopman Cup, which was first held 30 years ago, is nearly certain to be axed to make way for the incoming 24-team tournament, which is set to be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.

Federer's win over Zverev was a step up following earlier victories over rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Britain's Cameron Norrie and American Frances Tiafoe.

But the event appears doomed, due to the creation of a new ATP World Team Cup, which is set to be launched in Australia from January 2020.

World number two Kerber was too good for the 15th-ranked Barty in the opening match, winning 6-4, 6-4.

"It was a hard one", Barty said post-match.

Switzerland won the final after Zverev hit the ball into the net.

"It was a good Match for me, no doubt about it", he said, and stressed: "I have well-pitched".

His cheeky reaction didn't go unnoticed by Zverev, who resumed his roast: "What the hell are you laughing at right now?"

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.

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