Switzerland beat Britain at Hopman Cup

Perth, Dec 30 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/30/2018 12:17:17 PM IST

The defending champions Switzerland and runners-up Germany are a step closer to book their final rematch as both of them triumphed 3-0 in their respective debut against Britain and Spain at the Hopman Cup on Sunday.

Veteran Roger Federer claimed a commanding 6-1, 6-1 victory over 23-year-old Cameron Norrie to earn Switzerland a first point.

Belinda Bencic stormed seven points in the tie-break of the second set to outclass Katie Boulter 6-2, 7-6. The Swiss pair combined for another 4-3, 4-1 win to claim a 3-0 sweep over the Brits in Group B.

Switzerland will play the United States on the New Year’s Day, when Federer will play against Serene Williams in the mixed doubles.

In a Group A clash earlier, world no. 2 Angelique Kerber beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to put Germany ahead, while snapping her five-match losing streak against the two-time Grand Slam winner.

ATP finals champion Alexander Zverev fended off David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 to seal the victory for Germany. 

Another 4-2, 4-3 victory in the dead rubber mixed doubles enabled the Germans to beat the Spaniards 3-0 in their opening tie at the tournament.

The Germans could enjoy a New Year celebration first before their next match-up against France, who lost to hosts Australia 2-1 on the opening day.


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