Sport Federer and Bencic lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup title

18:46  06 january  2018
18:46  06 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 Saturday over Germany to give Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title .

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic took Switzerland to their third Hopman Cup title on Saturday as they beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2 in the deciding mixed doubles.

FILE - This is a Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 file photo of Belinda Bencic, left, and Roger Federer of Switzerland as they clap hands during their mixed doubles match against Karen Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth, Australia. Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic advanced Switzerland into the Hopman Cup final with straight-set singles victories over their American opponents. (Tony McDonough/AAP Image, File via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 file photo of Belinda Bencic, left, and Roger Federer of Switzerland as they clap hands during their mixed doubles match against Karen Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth, Australia. Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic advanced Switzerland into the Hopman Cup final with straight-set singles victories over their American opponents. (Tony McDonough/AAP Image, File via AP)

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 Saturday over Germany to give Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title.

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Roger Federer teamed up with Belinda Bencic to win the Hopman Cup . PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 Saturday over Germany to give Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title .

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 Saturday over Germany to give Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title .

Federer rebounded from a close first-set loss to dominate the rest of the match in a 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2 win over Germany's Alexander Zrevev.

Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Bencic 6-4, 6-1 to send the championship to the mixed doubles decider. It was Kerber's fourth straight singles win at the Hopman Cup this year.

Switzerland last won the Hopman Cup in 2001 when Federer teamed with Martina Hingis.

The long drought continues for Germany, which last won the Hopman Cup in 1995 with Boris Becker and Anke Huber. In 1993, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich gave Germany its first title.

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