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

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

Federer said it is a great start to the summer.

Federer goes for a record third Hopman Cup title when the Swiss team faces either host Australia or Germany in Saturday's final.

Federer teamed up with Switzerland teammate Belinda Bencic to defeat Williams and fellow American Frances Tiafoe in a mixed doubles Hopman Cup decider in Perth, Australia on Tuesday.

It was Switzerland's fourth title overall, behind only the United States with six.

There was a sense of deja vu as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic claimed a decisive mixed doubles victory over Germany in Perth.

When asked to reflect on his incredible achievement, Federer said: "I'm very happy about these records, but I didn't come here for that". "I think I only returned two of Federer's serves the whole match and the second one was the last point and the most important".

"To talk about who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I'm part of that bunch, so it's all good". We were one shot away.

Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2).

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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.

The 20-times Grand Slam victor took the opening set with a single break of serve to ensure that the German was immediately under the cosh.

"It's nice to play Switzerland as well", ATP Finals champion Zverev said. "I'm a bit surprised that the matches have gone as well as they have".

"It's good to finish on a singles performance like this". But Federer and Bencic hit back in the second to ensure a tie.

"We will remember for the Rest of our lives this week, especially at this last ball change", said Zverev, and known how much he and Kerber were eager to win the title this time.

Under the short sets format, the match is decided by a winner-takes-all point if scores are locked at 4-4 in the third-set tiebreak.

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. "Ash is always a tricky opponent", she said.

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