Victory for Team #Benderer as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 over Germany to give Switzerland their third Hopman Cup title and cap off a very enjoyable week in Perth.
After Federer recovered from losing the first set to beat Alexander Zverev in the three sets the tie went into a deciding mixed doubles after Kerber took apart Bencic 6-4, 6-1. Fortunately, Belinda was able to rebound instantly, proving the perfect accompaniment to Federer's sharp net game with some blisterting returns off the Zverev serve to help take down the trophy.
|Alexander Zverev||Roger Federer|
|1st Serve %||71%||65%|
|Break Points Won||0/4||5/14 (36%)|
|1st Serve Points Won||44/75 (59%)||44/51 (86%)|
|Total Points Won||79||106|
Mixed Doubles Highlights
Check out Belinda's returning. Boom!
Thoughts on the Match
More top drawer tennis from Fed in the singles and a clinical serving display as he fired down 16 aces and won 86% behind his first serve. Today was naturally the most serious match of the week and Zverev, in particular, looked like he badly wanted the win but Roger's ability to control matches and restrict Sascha's offensive options proved too great as he won through 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2.
I'm not quite sure how he lost that first set as he had all the early running after saving break points in his opening games but wasn't able to convert any of his chances. Zverev then found some timely plays in the tie-break to take it but after that Roger really took control. Taking the ball early and running Zverev ragged with some majestic drop shots that forced him to eat a bagel in the second. The third was more of the same with Zverev looking all out of ideas as Roger swept the third set 6-2, sealing it with yet another drop shot.
The Swiss Numero Uno has looked in fine fettle all week and all four matches have been great preparation for Melbourne. As a result he should have a firm idea of where his game, body and mind are all at headinintoto the first slam of the year.
Thoughts on the Hopman Cup
A very enjoyable week and I had a lot of fun watching the tournament this year. Roger is obviously the star attraction and the only reason many of us watched but I think the whole event looked really well organised.
Matches started bang on the scheduled time (none of this Schedule listed as 5.30pm but players arriving on court at 5.40 and it being nearly 6 pm before a ball is hit in anger), the stadium provided a brilliant atmosphere and the mixture of quality tennis, on court banter, the off-court stuff around Western Australia & Rottnest Island kept things interesting and engaging for the fans both at home and the ones there live.
The format works great too and is a very good advert for the game as every match I watched was high tempo, high quality and something that the players looked happy to be a part of. So I think if you're a kid just flicking through the channels and you stumble on some Fast4 doubles then you can't help but get into watching 3 adults and 1 big kid enjoying themselves on court 😀
What did you guys make of the Hopman Cup? Let me know in the comments.