Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic clinch Switzerland’s third Hopman Cup while Simona Halep triumphs in China
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic gained the deciding Fast4 blended doubles Four-Three (Three), Four-2 Saturday over Germany to provide Switzerland its third Hopman Cup title.
Federer rebounded from an in depth first-set loss to dominate the remainder of the match in a 6-7 (Four), 6-Zero, 6-2 win over Germany’s Alexander Zrevev.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber beat Bencic 6-Four, 6-1 to ship the championship to the blended doubles decider. It was Kerber’s fourth straight singles win on the Hopman Cup this yr.
Switzerland final gained the Hopman Cup in 2001 when Federer teamed with Martina Hingis. The lengthy drought continues for Germany, which final gained the Hopman Cup in 1995 with Boris Becker and Anke Huber. In 1993, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich gave Germany its first title.
Federer, who gained all 4 of his singles matches this week, stated he feels robust heading into his title defence on the Australian Open, which begins on 15 January at Melbourne Park.
“It caps off a great week as a team, but personally for me as a singles player, I played great,” Federer stated. ”For me it’s simply necessary to be in an excellent mindset, properly ready, and able to go. And I really feel like I’m prepared.”
Meanwhile, the world No 1 Simona Halep and No 6 Elina Svitolina continued their build-up to the Australian Open with event victories on Saturday.
Halep battled although after dropping the second set in the Shenzhen Open ultimate in China to beat the reigning champion, Katerina Siniakova, 6-1, 2-6, 6-Zero, after Svitolina had earlier captured the Brisbane International title.