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Tennis news - Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win Hopman Cup again for Switzerland

Federer and Bencic win Hopman Cup again for Switzerland

05/01/2019 at 11:35Updated 05/01/2019 at 13:28

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the Hopman Cup for Switzerland for the second year in succession as they battled past Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the decisive mixed doubles rubber.

The showpiece match went all the way and Federer and Bencic had to stave off a match point before they took the final set tie-break in thrilling fashion to triumph 4-0 1-4 4-3(4).

The Swiss pairing did not loss a single game in the opening set before only mustering one themselves in the second as Zverev and Kerber fought back.

But Federer and Bencic held their nerve the best in a dramatic tie-break to seal victory and win the Hopman Cup for a second year on the bounce.

It is the third time Switzerland have won the Hopman Cup with Germany again runners-up to the formidable pairing of Federer and Bencic.

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrate with the Hopman Cup after defeating Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev of Germany in the final during day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrate with the Hopman Cup after defeating Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev of Germany in the final during day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC ArenaGetty Images

Federer and Kerber had traded singles wins to set up an entertaining finale to the mixed tournament in Perth.

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The 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer was sublime again as he brushed aside the 21-year-old World Tour Finals winner Zverev in the opening singles rubber with a 6-4 6-2 win.

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Bencic looked to close out overall victory for Switzerland, but Kerber levelled up the final with a commanding 6-4 7-6(6) win.

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