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Zverev to leave Hopman heartbreak behind

Zverev to leave Hopman heartbreak behind

Germany are just one win away from reaching the Hopman Cup final after world No.2 Angelique Kerber beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 in Perth on Friday night.

Kerber leveled with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Bencic.

Smashing their way through the first set 4-0, Federer and Bencic looked like they would breeze past the Germans however Zverev and Kerber returned fire, taking the second set from the Swiss combo 4-1.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Federer is the first player to win three Hopman Cups - twice with Bencic and once with Martina Hingis, in 2001.

Germany missed a championship point earlier in the deciding set before Zverev smashed a return into the net to hand Switzerland the title. But the Swiss never gave up and forced a tie-break in the second.

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She dropped two service games in the first and went down an early break in the second but had chances to get even in the sixth game, when she had two break points but committed a string of unforced errors and Tsurenko held for 4-2.

Federer said Djokovic is "hard to beat" and has enjoyed a remarkable last six months.

Federer added: "I'm one of the top 10 favourites and so are many others". Bencic sealed a final love break of Kerber with a forehand victor, 4-0.

Federer said it is a great start to the summer. "It will be tough to swallow because I will remember this as our last ever match", he said.

The 30-year-old, who won the Australian Open in 2016, ensured that the mixed doubles rubber would be decisive.

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It was not until Kerber's third match point that a backhand victor secured the 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win.

After overpowering a stubborn Ebden, Zverev said he and Kerber were motivated by last year's loss in the final.

Critical was Kerber's ability to convert all 4 of her break points during the match, while Bencic was only successful on two of 7.

Federer did not find the weather in Perth, where he was playing the Hopman Cup, particularly hot. 'I am not getting the heat thing, this week has not been very hot.

"If the Hopman Cup does not continue Perth will not only lose an incredibly historic event, but will also miss out on hosting some of the world's best female players as the proposed ATP tournament would be exclusively a men's competition". The Swiss had won, literally, by one point.

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