Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber of Germany by 2-1 just to retain the Hopman Cup title for 2nd time in a row.
Federer defeated Zverev 6-4 6-2 to secure a lead 1-0 for Switzerland in early stage of the 2018 final’s rerun.
And to level the tie then Kerber, the champion of Wimbledon, took control over Bencic 6-4 7-6 (8-6) .
“It’s always tough to play against Belinda,” Kerber said.
“You have to win the last point and it’s never easy because she is fighting until the last one.
“I was playing point by point, not thinking too far ahead and just going for it.”
But the Switzerland players secured a tight 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) victory in the mixed doubles to achieve 4th Hopman Cup title for Switzerland.
This win was happened in front of an audience about 14,032, and the record of 110,364 was found from the overall presence of the audience throughout the tournament.
Fast 4 format was applied in the mixed doubles – the 1st team to 4-points wins, and if the scores are 3-3 there will be a tie-break.
Roger Federer, who won the Grand Slam 20 times, is the only player who has won 3 Hopman Cup titles – one time with Martina Hingis in 2001 and two times with Belinda Bencic.
“He’s had a wonderful end to the season beating me and Novak back to back in semis and the final in London,” Federer said while addressing Zverev.
“That was a great effort by him at the end when only the best were still remaining.”
Roger Federer, 37, said that the win made him feel so much pleased as it helped them to defend their title.
“It was a good match for me, no doubt about it,” he said.
“I think I served really well. Conditions are really quick so I think when you string together a nice serve and volley game like I did today it’s going to be tough for any opponent.
“Sascha struggled but I made the most of it and it puts us in a good position now with Belinda playing.”
According to the reporting from next year an ATP tournament will replace the Hopman Cup,