Roger Federer sets record with Hopman Cup win

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

Zverev and Kerber won all three of their group matches beating Australia Spain and France in the round-robin stage

Roger Federer geared up for his Australian Open title defence in convincing fashion, guiding Switzerland to a 2-1 triumph over Germany on Saturday for their fourth Hopman Cup crown.

It was achieved in front of a crowd of 14,032, taking the overall attendance for the tournament to a record 110,364.

When asked if Williams had gifted one back, he said: "No, but that's her choice".

Saturday's final took on extra significance given there's a strong chance it will be the last ever Hopman Cup. "On top of it I'm playing well". "It's nice to play Switzerland as well", Zverev said.

Kerber, who earlier this week beat Garbine Muguruza and Alize Cornet, broke twice - but also saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Barty.

For a second time Kerber was unable to serve out the match, as Bencic forced it to a tie-break.

After all the post-match pleasantries were observed - and the German pair was gracious in defeat -Zverev unleashed a hilarious speech for the ages when called upon during the trophy presentation. "Because of its position in the calendar, before the Australian Open, it takes on significance that ordinary exhibitions don't", says Whitaker.

"These events like the Laver Cup and other team competitions back in the day, they get the players closer together - men and women". She went on to hold to love, 6-4. Both kept up some admirable attacking tennis, and Kerber defended deuce with a pounding forehand down the line. Again, a Break managed to her afterwards. And break she did, 5-5.

"It was a good match for me, no doubt about it", he said.

Kerber had two match points at 6-4, but Bencic again hung on grimly and won the next two points.

It was not until Kerber's third match point that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win.

So the short-form doubles would, as previous year, prove decisive-and nearly impossible to call. And in the blink of an eye, and several razor-sharp interceptions from Federer at the net, the Swiss were at 3-0.

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Federer, the only player to claim three Hopman Cups, said the quokka selfie had helped him win over Perth fans. Curious to see what it is going to be with Kyrgios even if I am starting to think that he is a lost cause.

"It is just so emotional to be doing this with Maria here in Perth".

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