Roger Federer helps Switzerland defend historic Hopman Cup title

Roger Federer helps Switzerland defend historic Hopman Cup title

Roger Federer helps Switzerland defend historic Hopman Cup title

Germany will now meet the Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in the final tomorrow.

It was Switzerland's fourth title overall, behind only the United States with 6.

However, the Swiss prevailed in the mixed doubles, defending the title they won past year.

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.

Germany are just one win away from reaching the Hopman Cup final after world No.2 Angelique Kerber beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 in Perth on Friday night.

As for his own chances of success, Federer said: "I'm one of the top 10 favorites and so are many others".

Federer assumed control of the match with an early break in the second set and, despite the German throwing everything he could at his opponent, held on with impressive ease.

"It's always tough to play against Belinda", Kerber said.

"To talk about who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I'm part of that bunch, so it's all good".

"Let us have one, just the Hopman Cup, just once".

The German regrouped to take the first set and took an early lead in the second after breaking Bencic.

Yet, the Hopman Cup faces the axe to make room for the revamped ATP World Team Cup which is set to be launched in Australia from January 2020.

He was pleased to maintain his unbeaten singles record during the week, during which he never dropped his serve. "I'm a bit surprised the matches have gone as well as they have", the 37-year-old added.

Then there was world No2 and three-time Major champion Angelique Kerber, paired up with the man nearly a decade her junior but already a champion at the ATP Finals, world No4, Alexander Zverev.

The German served for the match at 5-4, but the match took a dramatic twist as Bencic broke back, only for Kerber to immediately break again. But Federer and Bencic hit back in the second to ensure a tie.

It was a flawless 6-4 6-2 win over ATP Finals champion Zverev. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor.

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