Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.

Federer's Hopman competing partner, Bencic lost to Kerber, in another close match, 6-4, 7-6 (6), with a tight tie-break giving the German woman the win.

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.

"It's nice to play Switzerland as well", Zverev said. The Swiss then pulled off a quick break with a backhand pass onto the baseline, 2-0, and after just an hour and 10 minutes, Federer smothered the net to break with his 25th volley of the match, 6-2.

That means the final will feature the same four players as a year ago, a first for the tournament in what is expected to be its final instalment.

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

There was a sense of deja vu as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic claimed a decisive mixed doubles victory over Germany in Perth. "I think I only returned two of Federer's serves the whole match and the second one was the last point and the most important.", Sakkari said after the match. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor.

The 31st edition of the mixed-teams tournament has been its best one, featuring record crowds and attracting worldwide interest when Serena Williams played mixed doubles against Roger Federer.

It was a flawless 6-4 6-2 win over ATP Finals champion Zverev.

"You have to win the last point and it's never easy because she is fighting until the last one".

The last German victory in the unofficial Mixed championship, which will be replaced by the newly created ATP-Cup, had brought in 1995, Anke Huber and Boris Becker, in 1993, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich had been for the first time for Germany.

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