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Roger Federer roars back to beat Alexander Zverev in Hopman Cup final

Federer roars back to beat Zverev in Hopman Cup final

06/01/2018 at 11:01Updated 06/01/2018 at 11:41

Roger Federer stormed back from a set down to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7(4) 6-0 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the final of the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Zverev played an inspired tie-break to assume a one-set lead, including a lob that was so special the normally unflappable Swiss fired a ball into the stands in frustration.

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But the 36-year-old, who is targeting a sixth Australian Open title in Melbourne, roared back in hugely impressive fashion to bagel the young German.

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Federer produced some brilliant play in the second set as he unceremoniously put Zverev back in his place, and the 20-year-old was unable to match his opponent.

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The third set was almost as one-sided as the second as the world number two lost just two games in sealing victory to give his country the lead in the final.

Federer's audacious drop shot on match point to close out the encounter summed up the confidence he is oozing ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.

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Belinda Bencic can clinch the trophy for Switzerland as she takes on Angelique Kerber in the women's singles rubber.

However, if Kerber can beat Bencic, Federer will be back for the deciding mixed doubles match, also on Saturday.

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