Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win second straight Hopman Cup for Switzerland

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win the 2019 Hopman Cup Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d489817
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win the 2019 Hopman Cup Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489817

TEAM Switzerland – Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic – won their second consecutive Hopman Cup beating Germany in a live, three-set mixed doubles at RAC Arena tonight.

Switzerland went out strong winning the first set 4-0 before Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber hit back taking the second 4-1.

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

Neither Federer or Bencic remembered that winning point after the match but Kerber said it was a point she would remember for weeks to come.

Federer, the only player to claim three Hopman Cups, said the quokka selfie had helped him win over Perth fans.

A record 110,364 people attended what is rumoured to be the final Hopman Cup over the past week.

Federer gave the defending champions a 1-0 lead early in the night beating Zverev 6-4 6-2.

Alexander Zverev (Germany) V Roger Federer (Swiss) Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489817

The world number 3 had to work hard for every point in the first set, only breaking the German’s serve in the final game to take a 1-0 lead.

Zverev’s intensity dropped in the second set with Federer getting to a 3-0 lead before taking the final set 6-2 and ultimately the first game of the night.

After the match, Federer said his aim for the game was to win points from serve volleys and that worked out for him.

He now heads to Melbourne with a goal of winning his third consecutive Australian Open title.

“Winning back to back Australian Opens in my 30s has been one of my favourite things I’ll look back on,” Federer said.

Bencic couldn’t secure the final for Switzerland, going down to Kerber 6-4 7-6 in a thrilling second set tie breaker.

Angelique Kerber (Germany) pictured v Belinda Bencic (Swiss) Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489817