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Federer and Bencic became two-time winners of the Cup of Hopman

Federer and Bencic became two-time winners of the Cup of Hopman

That means that Stefanos and Maria had to overcome the great Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic that are also the defending champions in Perth.

Roger Federer became the first three-time champion of the Cup of Chapman, and Switzerland for the fourth time won the exhibition tournament, second in wins only to team U.S., which has six titles.

Federer teamed up with Belinda Bencic and slayed a British team consisting of Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie, the American team Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe, and, on the final day of the Perth tournament, a German team of Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev. The Swiss pair then clinched the trophy with a 4-0 1-4 4-3 doubles win that went to the final winner-takes-all point.

Then there was world No2 and three-time Major champion Angelique Kerber, paired up with the man nearly a decade her junior but already a champion at the ATP Finals, world No4, Alexander Zverev.

Federer is in top form as he helped Switzerland win the Hopman Cup this week.

"Winning it back-to-back years, what a thrill it was, not just the match point but the whole week".

He broke Zverev in the 10th game of the 1st set and then tightened the noose on the German, with two more breaks in the 2nd set.

"We will remember it for the rest of our lives, especially how it ended", Zverev said.

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However, Zverev and Kerber returned fire, taking the second set from the Swiss combo 4-1.

The tiebreaker too had its twists, Kerber needing three match points to seal the win.

Under the short sets format, the match is decided by a winner-takes-all point if scores are locked at 4-4 in the third-set tiebreak.

Kerber managed with a 6:4, 7:6 (8:6) how twelve months ago the balance in the duel with Bencic, who is now number 18 in the world rankings.

Muguruza said it was a confidence boosting win and while she didn't believe the injury was serious, she said the leg was causing significant discomfort.

"I'm curious to find out myself what will happen", said Federer, who has won the event a record three times. "I mean. Oh gosh", Zverev said, hand on hip.

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