Switzerland Wins 2019 Hopman Cup

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

Whatever happens between now and the end of the year, one of the enduring images of the 2019 tennis season will be Serena Williams and Roger Federer facing each other in a mixed doubles match in Perth last week.

Federer goes for a record third Hopman Cup title when the Swiss team faces either host Australia or Germany in Saturday's final.

The Swiss pair wrapped up the tournament decider in the mixed doubles 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in the most exciting final of the event's 31-year history.

In the men's competition, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Australia's Alex De Minaur 6-4, 7-6 to meet Daniil Medvedev in the semis, after the Russian defeated Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Switzerland won the since 1989, held Hopman Cup for the fourth Time - not least thanks to a superior Federer.

Federer struck the first blow for the defending champions in what could be the last edition of the event, beating Zverev 6-4 6-2 in Perth on Saturday.

The Swiss had two break chances against the Zverev serve in the first game of the third, and the German double faulted to concede it.

"And for us as well, and we wanted to.to win".

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

Federer had beaten Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie and Zverev in straight sets and will be full of confidence heading into Melbourne Park later this month.

"I'm very happy. That was always the goal to get to the final", Federer said.

"It is good to finish on a singles performance like this", he said. "On top of it I'm playing well". But Federer and Bencic hit back in the second to ensure a tie.

"I don't know how I made it", Sakkari said of her match-winning return.

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

This year's Hopman Cup looks increasingly like being the last one, and some of the world's best players are going to be left disappointed.

She clearly revelled in the company of her illustrious partner, revealing after the final that, "He talks a lot-he thinks everyone is a genius who can do all the things he says!"

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