Swiss pair Federer & Bencic beat Germans Zverev & Kerber to win Hopman Cup
The Swiss ran out winners in the ‘fast’ format mixed doubles in Perth, Australia, with Federer and Bencic clinching the match 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 to retain the title they won last year.
Earlier, Federer had been in sublime form as he defeated 21-year-old German Zverev 6-4, 6-2 in the men’s singles.
Zverev, who beat the 20-time Grand Slam winner on his way to victory at last season’s ATP Finals in London, had no answer to the Swiss legend this time around as Federer put his team 1-0 up in the tie.
World number 2 Kerber later leveled things for Germany as she beat Bencic 6-4, 7-6 in fiercely contested women’s singles game.
However, the Swiss prevailed in the mixed doubles, defending the title they won last year.
Victory in Perth serves as a perfect season opener for Federer, 37, who will be looking to add to his record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open in Melbourne later in January.
Earlier at the eight-nation Hopman Cup spectators had been treated to the unique sight of Federer facing off on court against women’s great Serena Williams in the mixed doubles as Switzerland took on the US.
The Swiss won that match in straight sets, handing them a 2-1 victory in the tie.Also on rt.com Federer wins battle of all-time greats vs Williams as Switzerland beat USA at Hopman Cup
This year's final against the German pair Zverev and Kerber was a repeat of last year's climax, which the Swiss won by the same scoreline.
It also clinched a record third title overall for Federer at the tournament, after he first won the trophy as a 19-year-old back in 2001, that time alongside Martina Hingis.