Federer wins record third Hopman in dramatic fashion

Federer wins record third Hopman in dramatic fashion

Federer wins record third Hopman in dramatic fashion

It was Federer's third title success in the Hopman Cup following victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis and last year's success with Bencic.

Kerber leveled with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Bencic.

For the second year in a row, the Swiss beat the German pairing of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber by claiming a deciding mixed doubles rubber loaded with drama.

Federer was a dominant figure in an extraordinary doubles match as the Swiss claimed the abbreviated format 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 (5/4) to clinch the title despite Germany having two match points.

It was a moment which created a global buzz, and one only possible at the Hopman Cup, a mixed team competition that's been bringing together the best male and female players in the world throughout its 31-year history. 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. 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. I have been writing about tennis for the last 4 years.

After the final point of their mixed doubles match, Sakkari was not any more Federer's opponent, but his biggest fan.

Antics aside, Federer was genuinely chuffed to have had more success in Perth and said the entire event was a success.

It wasn't until Kerber's third chance that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win.

Federer tried his best to look as serious as possible and keep a straight face so as not to "offend" his German rival again, but it wasn't long before his smile broke back out.

Federer did not find the weather in Perth, where he was playing the Hopman Cup, particularly hot. 'I am not getting the heat thing, this week has not been very hot.

"It was a good match for me, no doubt about it", he said.

They changed ends at 3-3, with their partners both watching intently from the side-lines, and Bencic saved two match points to change ends still all square, 6-6.

When asked if Williams had gifted one back, he said: "No, but that's her choice".

The new men's tournament to be run by the ATP and Tennis Australia, features $20 million in prize money to make it the richest tournament in the world outside of the grand slams.

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