Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to third Hopman Cup title

Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to third Hopman Cup title

Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to third Hopman Cup title

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic saw off the challenge of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the mixed doubles as Switzerland recorded a 2-1 victory in Australia.

A 19-year-old Roger Federer teamed up with then world No 1 Martina Hingis to win Switzerland's last and second trophy in 2001.

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World No.74 Bencic, who missed five months past year after wrist surgery, has never dropped a set against Kerber and leads the German 3-0 head-to-head.

However, Federer used his experience to mount an extraordinary comeback.

"If I wasn't going to win a match in Australia, or win two matches, I was going to drop out of the top 30, so things were a little bit on edge past year".

However, Federer and Bencic recovered admirably to take the set and proved too strong thereafter.

His match-winning shot was exemplary, a sublime curler onto the tramline.

"It caps off a great week as a team, but personally for me as a singles player, I played great", Federer said. "I was always hoping to play for a long time and I'm doing that". "It was a tough match for me, and even tougher to close it".

Federer's victory gave Bencic the chance to seal the Hopman Cup for Switzerland with victory in her women's singles match against Kerber.

Belinda Bencic's superb form continued when the world number 74 then upset 10th ranked CoCo Vandeweghe to secure the tie and put the Swiss into the final.

"Roger [Federer] was always my idol growing up and now I'm playing against him, so it's very exciting in a deciding match".

The world number four won the first set 7-5, but Kokkinakis rallied back in a big way in the second. "I was 17 in the world as well, it does make a difference", he added.

"So just being on the court with her, practising with her, seeing how professional she was, was a dream come true".

"I couldn't wish for a better partner". I'll never forget this week. "We want to win something as well", Zverev, ranked No. 4 in the men's rankings, said.

"I knew a performance like this wasn't far away", Kokkinakis said.

"Switzerland takes it all, like we've seen so many times in tennis".

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