Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic retain title for Switzerland

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Roger Federer became the first three-time champion of the Cup of Chapman, and Switzerland for the fourth time won the exhibition tournament, second in wins only to team United States of America, which has six titles.

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.

In the men's singles, Federer defeated Alexander Zverev with a 6-4 6-2 win. After the defeat of ATP Champion Zverev and the victory of Wimbledon victor Kerber, the dream of victory in the exciting 0:4, 4:1, 3:4 (4:5) ended in Mixed.

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.

And the 37-year-old defending Australian Open-and Hopman Cup-champion had looked fit, eager, and aggressive throughout the week's competition, winning all three of his singles matches.

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"I was playing point by point, not thinking too far ahead and just going for it".

In the process, Federer and Bencic also became the first pair in the event's 31-year history to retain their title.

Federer's win over Zverev was a step up following earlier victories over rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Britain's Cameron Norrie and American Frances Tiafoe. There is talk that the Cup might go away to make room for the new ATP Cup.

However, a bad service game in the seventh game of the opening set handed the early ascendancy to Kerber, who won the first set in 32 minutes, and then snared an early break in the second set.

Zverev broke his opponent's serve three times - the first coming in the third game of the first set after some aggressive tennis.

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The third set went to a tie breaker with Federer and Bencic winning a thrilling match point.

"I'm one of the top 10 favourites and so are many others", he said.

Zverev and Kerber were unable to gain revenge for their loss 12 months ago, as Bencic and Federer won 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in an absorbing last rubber.

"What a thrill it was - not just the match point, but also the whole match and the whole week", said Federer, who won his first Hopman Cup in 2001 with Martina Hingis.

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