Germany one win away from Hopman Cup final vs Switzerland

07 January, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Alexander Zverev Kokkinakis would have been ranked higher without injuries

"I don't think it's too bad".

Teaming up for the second straight year, Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic defeated Germany's pair of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in a mixed doubles match in Perth on Saturday to hand Switzerland the Hopman Cup title. "I'm thrilled and happy".

"I was trying to play as aggressive as possible".

Federer has at times toyed with his opponents in winning his three singles matches without dropping a set, and is a step ahead of his Hopman form previous year when he was beaten by German young gun Alexander Zverev.

"We were so close a year ago", she said.

The clash between Zverev, 20, and the 21-year-old Kokkinakis was remarkably tight and incredibly entertaining as the two youngsters went toe-toe-toe for over two hours and 40 minutes.

Speaking after the 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 win over Sock, the 19-time Grand Slam champion said where he was uncertain heading into 2017, as he returned from a knee injury, he enters 2018 brimming with confidence.

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"I'm really feeling good here".

Kokkinakis retained momentum in the first set of the doubles, but Kerber remained composed despite a succession of unforced errors from Zverev - and taking the full brunt of a Kokkinakis forehand on her hip - to steer Germany to a 1-4, 4-1, 4-3 (3) in the Fast 4 format. I have made some adjustments to my game, I'm trying to hit through the backhand a bit more, maybe I have a bit more pop on the serve and naturally the whole rally has changed because you have different options.

"So just being on the court with her, practising with her, seeing how professional she was, was a dream come true. I didn't play my best today - luckily I have an unbelievable partner".

"We want to win something as well", Zverev, ranked No. 4 in the men's rankings, said.

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic hoist the Hopman Cup trophy.

Federer was entering the unknown at this time past year after spending the previous six months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

"Switzerland takes it all, like we've seen so many times in tennis".

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