ALEXANDER Zverev beat Roger Federer for the second time within a year at Perth Arena last night but it was not enough to secure the tie for Germany over Switzerland in the Hopman Cup.
The 19-year-old world number 24 beat the world number three in three tie breakers 7-6 (1) 6-7 (4) 7-6 (4).
Zverez became the youngest player to beat Federer in June last year when he also beat Stan Wawrinka and Thomas Berdych.
“Against Roger you know you have to play every single point or you have no chance,” Zverev said.
“You have to play it at a very high level otherwise he will beat you quite easily.
“It has always been like that and always will be until he stops playing.”
Federer’s teammate Belinda Bencic secured a live mixed doubles match beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4 in 77 minutes.
Switzerland then secured the tie winning an entertaining mixed doubles match 4-1 4-1.
The US has already earned a spot in Saturday’s final and will play the winner of Friday night’s clash between Switzerland and France.