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Germany vs Switzerland Hopman Cup final tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Zverev and Kerber try to avenge last year’s defeat to Federer and Bencic

Hannah Wilks in News 4 Jan 2019
  • Germany and Switzerland face off in the Hopman Cup final for the second year in a row
  • Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic try to reprise last year's win over Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber
Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer are headed for a crucial clash as Germany and Switzerland face off for the second straight year in the final of the Hopman Cup.


Not since the USA in 2003-4 has any nation successfully retained the Hopman Cup title, and nobody has ever done it with the same two players (Lindsay Davenport substituted for Serena Williams alongside James Blake for the Americans the subsequent year). 

That’s the challenge facing Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic as they prepare to face not just the same country, but the same opponents who pushed them all the way to a live mixed doubles rubber last year, Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber. 

Both Federer and Zverev have gone undefeated in their singles matches this week, but something’s got to give when they clash in the singles on Saturday – and Zverev won their last encounter, memorably, at the ATP Finals in London.

Kerber, meanwhile, is on an undefeated 7-0 winning streak in Hopman Cup singles, but if Zverev can’t get the win over Federer, then the pair of them will have to try to avoid a repeat of last year’s 

Angelique Kerber (GER) vs Belinda Bencic (SUI)

This is the one match-up that went in Germany’s favour in last year’s final, and the one in which they will be hoping for an exact repeat.

Belinda Bencic (TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images)
Last year’s final saw Kerber beating Bencic 6-4, 6-1 to round off a perfect 4-0 week in singles, and she has now extended her Hopman Cup singles winning streak to 7-0 with wins over Garbine Muguruza, Alize Cornet and Ashleigh Barty.

Those Hopman Cup performances by Kerber really signaled that the German was getting back to her best after a terrible 2017 season, and she went on to win the title in Sydney, reach the semifinals of the Australian Open and ultimately win Wimbledon.

Kerber has looked very comfortable so far this week – but she does trail Bencic 1-3 in the official head-to-head (for which their last Hopman Cup encounter doesn’t count), although Bencic’s three wins all came prior to the back injury which cost her so much time in 2017 and the only match they have played since was a win for Kerber.

Still, Bencic has only managed one singles win this week, unable to beat Maria Sakkari or Serena Williams, and the left-handed German is the clear favourite in this one.

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Roger Federer (SUI)

Sascha Zverev lost in three sets to Roger Federer in last year’s final and he would dearly love to avenge that result.

The two have only played one official match since that Hopman Cup meeting last year, but it was a memorable one – Zverev’s fairly surprising 7-5, 7-6(5) defeat of Federer at the Nitto ATP Finals on his way to winning the title, which levelled their head-to-head at 3-3. 

Roger Federer (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Federer has fairly cruised this week, but the one time he was tested more sharply – by Stefanos Tsitsipas in is final round-robin singles match – he rose to the occasion superbly, proving just a little more clinical than the younger man at the sharp end of both sets. Zverev has also gone 3-0, but dropped sets to David Ferrer and Lucas Pouille. 

This one has three sets written all over it, but the relaxed exhibition setting actually plays into Federer’s hands, I think; he isn’t drained by the competitive intensity in the same way that he is in bigger tournaments, and he’s also had a rest day since playing Tsitsipas (who did a great job of sharpening up the 37-year-old’s serving and volleying). It’s a good court for Federer to shorten the points and I can certainly see him edging this one.

Angelique Kerber/Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Roger Federer/Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Should the singles matches above develop as expected – wins for Kerber and Federer leaving the tie poised at 1-1 coming into the mixed doubles – than Germany are in trouble.

Neither Kerber nor Zverev are great doubles players, but Zverev is undoubtedly the weakest of the four players on the court. Bencic can be exposed in singles, but her returning is sensational (Federer joked the other day that her backhand return was better than his) and the two work very well together. Kerber’s left-handedness gives her a natural advantage and she’s a superb returner whose ability to go down the lines as well as cross-court on a dime is a great asset. Zverev, though, can be a bit sloppy in these situations and that’s a real liability in the Fast4 Format. If the final does come down to the mixed doubles, look for Switzerland to be the first nation since the USA in 2003-4 to retain the Hopman Cup title.

Hopman Cup final tennis is live from Perth on Saturday from 4pm local/8am GMT


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