Germany to face Switzerland in Hopman Cup final

Greek tennis stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari celebrate their victory over Switzerland in the doubles

Federer consolidated that advantage with another break in Zverev's opening service game of the second set, able to close out the first match of the tournament decider.

The Swiss closed out the encounter with his second match point to take the second set 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the tournament showpiece.

It was Switzerland's fourth title overall, behind only the United States with six, and Federer first won the Hopman Cup back in 2001 when he teamed with Martina Hingis.

Switzerland are the champions of the 2019 Hopman Cup.

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". "Playing here as a team with your partner, playing the mixed which is exciting, I will miss it". The tournament is a unique event on the tennis circuit, one that features the rare showcase of mixed doubles matches with major tennis stars.

Roger Federer sweeps Alexander Zverev in the the men's singles before teaming up with Belinda Bencic for a winning mixed doubles pairing.

"And for us as well, and we wanted to.to win".

Zverev and Kerber were unable to gain revenge for their loss 12 months ago, as Bencic and Federer won 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in an absorbing last rubber.

"What a thrill it was - not just the match point, but also the whole match and the whole week".

However, this may well be the last Hopman Cup, which is scheduled to be displaced by the new ATP Cup which will overlap with the event from next year.

"I don't know the draw yet, I don't know who my first round opponent is, I don't know if I play on Monday or day or night".

Federer's impressive stroke play countered the power of Zverev in the singles before the Swiss earned a crucial break in the 10th game of the first set.

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.

World number 2 Kerber later leveled things for Germany as she beat Bencic 6-4, 7-6 in fiercely contested women's singles game. "Obviously it would be heartbreaking", she said.

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