Germany set up Swiss rematch in Hopman Cup final

Greek tennis stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari celebrate their victory over Switzerland in the doubles

Switzerland, who are the defending champions, remain favourites with matches to come against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic a repeat of the 2018 final.

And what a point it was, with Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber trying relentlessly to pass Federer and Belinda Bencic at the net, but ultimately failing when Zverev went for a backhand too far out of his reach.

Kerber kept the tie alive by winning the second rubber in straight sets, Bencic going down 6-4 7-6 (8-6). It was Switzerland's fourth title overall, behind only the United States with six, and Federer first won the Hopman Cup back in 2001 when he teamed with Martina Hingis.

Alexander "Sascha" Zverev and his compatriot Angelique Kerber lost by just one point in the mixed doubles final at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, but he didn't let Roger Federer enjoy his trophy prize easily, deciding to roast him in hilarious fashion.

Federer's win over Zverev was a step up following earlier victories over rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Britain's Cameron Norrie and American Frances Tiafoe.

Federer gave his team the advantage right from the start.

The German's serve is big-and here he maintained a near constant speed of over 200kph-but the more nuanced and accurate serving of Federer ensured the Swiss dropped only two points on his serve in the entire first set.

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Khawaja danced own the wicket and attempted to heave the ball to the leg-side boundary but instead picked out Cheteshwar Pujara . So desperate were Australia at this point that Khawaja was given a bowl - only the second time he has been called on in a Test.

The Swiss team defeated Germany's Zverev and Kerber for the second year in a row.

"We lost a very close match past year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again", Zverev said.

Smashing their way through the first set 4-0, Federer and Bencic looked like they would breeze past the Germans.

"I'm happy I'm feeling this good and playing as well as I am", Federer said. But in the end, the experience and athleticism of Kerber proved just enough to seal the match, 7-6 (6), with a final victor. "I'm a bit surprised that the matches have gone as well as they have", he said. "We hope that we will return often and one day we will hopefully keep this trophy in our hands".

"I served good and was moving well and Ash is always a tricky opponent", Kerber said.

Team Switzerland loves the Hopman Cup.

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