Hopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with Switzerland

first_imgHopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with SwitzerlandGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.advertisement Reuters PerthJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 23:03 IST Angelique Kerber beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with SwitzerlandGermany will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matchesAngelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev cruised through their singles matches on Friday as Germany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.Kerber and Zverev will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.vBring on the rematch. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/3RomiPc8LNHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matches, while the Swiss topped Group B with two victories from their three encounters.”It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” ATP Finals champion Zverev said.Timing is everything in tennis #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/QnamJuEaJCHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019″We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again. And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we’re definitely going to come back here to Perth.”Congratulations to Team Germany on again reaching the #HopmanCup finalListen to what Sascha and @AngeliqueKerber have to say ahead of the title match. pic.twitter.com/R1fYzUlIKvadvertisementHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019#Benderer hitting the practice court ahead of the final tomorrow. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/f7nERJx1yVHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3(1) to sign off with a consolation win.Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2).”It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.”For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played (before) but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Belinda Bencic Nextlast_img read more

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first_img— Former British Prime Minister Tony BlairToday the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings— Former US President Bill Clinton[Chris Young/PA Wire/Press Association Images]Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know. As president, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers.— Former US President George H.W. BushA hero. He was a friend and a companion in the popular fight and the fight for world peace.— Brazilian football legend PeléEvery time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.— Microsoft founder Bill GatesWhat an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights.— Actor Idris Elba (The British actor portrays the leader in a new movie based on Mandela’s autobiography ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’)We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now— Britain’s Prince William(Speaking at a London screening of the Mandela biopic)It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience.— BonoAdditional reporting, AFPRead: President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’Obituary: Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’Also: Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures THE DEATH OF South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader and first democratic president Nelson Mandela has triggered an unprecedented worldwide chorus of respect and admiration.Foreshadowing the guest list of what will likely be the most important funeral of recent decades, world leaders, campaigners, musicians, athletes, and others queued up to issue solemn tributes to the 95-year-old icon.President Micheal D Higgins led the Irish tributes, saying that lives around the world had been changed by the leader’s “transformational life and enduring legacy”.Here’s what else is being said about ‘Madiba’ around the world…Mandela and his wife Winnie, following the leader’s 1990 release from prison in Cape Town [Greg English/AP/Press Association Images]A unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves.— Archbishop Desmond TutuHe was a great unifier and a very, very special man in this regard beyond everything else he did. This emphasis on reconciliation was his biggest legacy.Former South African President F.W. De ClerkThrough his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa – and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings – and countries – can change for the better.— US President Barack ObamaMany around the world were influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.— United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moonNelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death — a true global hero.— British Prime Minister David CameronThrough his dignity, grace and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid.last_img read more

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