Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic were crowned Hopman Cup champions in Perth on Saturday, becoming the first pair in the event’s 31-year history to return to defend the title.
The Swiss duo overcame German pair Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in a deciding doubles for the second year running, with their 4-0 1-4 4-3(4) triumph, which ended on a thrilling match point, seeing Federer become the most successful player in Hopman Cup history.
As well as winning the title with Bencic in 2018 and 2019, Federer also teamed with Martina Hingis to win the international mixed team event in 2001.
“I’m very happy about these records, but I didn’t come here for that,” Federer said.
“What a thrill it was – not just the match point, but also the whole match and the whole week. It’s great fun. I’m happy and proud to represent my country. It’s been a super pleasure teaming with Belinda.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Federer was in fine form throughout the week in Perth, dispatching Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie and Zverev in straight sets – an ideal warm-up ahead of his Australian Open title defence later this month.
“I’m happy I’m feeling this good and playing as well as I am,” said Federer.
“It’s good to finish on a singles performance like this. I’m a bit surprised that the matches have gone as well as they have.”
The victory, which came after Kerber had levelled the tie with a 64 76(6) win over Bencic following Federer’s earlier 64 62 win over Zverev, saw Switzerland collect a fourth Mastercard Hopman Cup title in total. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere and Jakob Hlasek won their first trophy back in 1992.