Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are started at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia successfully into the new Tennis year. The top-seeded German Duo prevailed in the second game of group A against France, and so shortly before the finals. At the start of the tournament, Kerber and Zverev had triumphed already 3:0 against Spain.
Kerber defeated Alize Cornet 5:7, 6:2, 6:4, the world ranking fourth Zverev against Lucas Pouille in the 6:3, 6:7 (8:10), 6:2 the better end had. On Friday, Germany’s opponents in the final group game to hosts Australia, with Matthew Ebden and Ashleigh Barty.
In the final on Saturday could be a repeat of last year’s final. In group B, Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic from Switzerland after two Games still unbeaten. In the final of the 2018 Zverev and Kerber had to give against the title defender 1:2 beaten.
in 1989, launched in Hopman Cup, the unofficial Mixed world Cup, there will be no more in the coming year. The tournament will be replaced by the ATP Nations Cup, which took place in a similar Form from 1978 to 2012 in düsseldorf, Rochus club. Germany won the Hopman Cup twice: in 1993, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich, 1995, Anke Huber and Boris Becker.
Zverev and Kerber hope to the third German success. “We want to win,” said Zverev after the opening victory. In addition to the title the 21-Year-old sees the Hopman Cup as “perfect preparation for Melbourne”. There will begin on March 14. January, the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.