Federer and Bencic retain Hopman Cup for Switzerland

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Alexander "Sascha" Zverev and his compatriot Angelique Kerber lost by just one point in the mixed doubles final at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, but he didn't let Roger Federer enjoy his trophy prize easily, deciding to roast him in hilarious fashion.

Federer and Bencic repeated the 2-1 scoreline which carried them to their first Hopman title at Perth's unique mixed teams event 12 months earlier.

Kerber too maintained her 100 per cent singles record with a 6-4 7-6 (6) victory over Bencic to level the tie at 1-1, but the Germans failed to make the most of their opportunities.

Going down to the final point in the Fast4 format, Switzerland survived a match point in the third set tie-break and managed to snatch the historic win 4-0 1-4 4-3 (4).

Maria Sakkari could not resist the fan side of her when she was up against Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup. After the defeat of ATP Champion Zverev and the victory of Wimbledon victor Kerber, the dream of victory in the exciting 0:4, 4:1, 3:4 (4:5) ended in Mixed.

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.

Federer said Djokovic is "hard to beat" and has enjoyed a remarkable last six months.

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"I'm one of the top 10 favourites and so are many others", he said.

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

The German served at 5-4, but the match took a sudden twist as Bencic broke back, only for Kerber to immediately break again.

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

The 37-year-old Swiss superstar surprisingly ended up losing out to the Greek couple and handed the very young stars a flattering win in their early careers that they will truly never forget. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor.

'I'm happy I'm feeling this good and playing as well as I am.

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.

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