Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Maria Sharapova ousted in Shenzhen Open semis; Germany into Hopman Cup final

Hopman Cup Germany edges Australia to set up final clash with Switzerland Hopman Cup Germany edges Australia to set up final clash with Switzerland 5 Jan 2018  View 645 by Jovica Ilic
Cassandra Gardner | 07 January, 2018, 01:12

Kerber, however, as Federer had done in his earlier singles match, used her experience to dominate her 20-year-old opponent 6-4, 6-1.

Belinda Bendic beat Naomi Osaka 7-5 6-3 in the women's contest to clinch Switzerland's victory in the round-robin stage of the mixed team event.

The 36-year-old also opened his 2017 campaign at the Hopman Cup, following which he ended an nearly four-year Grand Slam drought with a shock fifth triumph at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

A 19-year-old Roger Federer teamed up with then world No 1 Martina Hingis to win Switzerland's last and second trophy in 2001.

"Yes, you could say that", he said when asked if his confidence was higher than at the same time a year ago. "I'm going to give all the credit to her".

"I think I'm playing very well, otherwise I wouldn't be having the results that I'm having. I was 17 in the world as well, it does make a difference", he added.

Ranked 209 after being struck down by shoulder and groin injuries over the past two years, Kokkinakis continues his Australian Open preparations in Adelaide.

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"Angie played unbelievable in both of her matches - she's the reason we're in the final", Zverev said.

Gavrilova also failed to convert the only chance she had to break the German's serve in the second set.

But when Zverev held serve and then prevailed in the tiebreak, the pressure was on Federer to produce the goods.

Federer has at times toyed with his opponents in winning his three singles matches without dropping a set, and is a step ahead of his Hopman form previous year when he was beaten by German young gun Alexander Zverev.

The deciding mixed doubles tie was an exciting affair. with the German duo of Zverev and Kerber sailing into a 2-0 lead in the first set before Switzerland recovered to take it 4-3. The win was Kerber's fourth straight singles win at the Hopman Cup this year.

But Federer bounced back with a bang to secure the win in one hour and 47 minutes.

"I am relieved we made it".

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